Tenth NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2018)

30 Years of Formal Methods at NASA

Newport News Marriot at City Center[*]

Newport News, VA, USA, April 17-19, 2018

NASA Formal Methods Symposium

The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry require advanced techniques that address these systems' specification, design, verification, validation, and certification requirements. The NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM) is a forum to foster collaboration between theoreticians and practitioners from NASA, academia, and industry. NFM's goals are to identify challenges and to provide solutions for achieving assurance for such critical systems.

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous software for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), advanced separation assurance algorithms for aircraft, and the need for system-wide fault detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new challenges for system specification, development, and verification approaches. Similar challenges need to be addressed during development and deployment of on-board software for both spacecraft and ground systems.

The focus of the symposium will be on formal techniques and other approaches for software assurance, including their theory, current capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential application to aerospace, robotics, and other NASA-relevant safety-critical systems during all stages of the software life-cycle.

The meeting will be comprised of invited talks by leading researchers and practitioners, a panel discussion on the current status of formal methods, and more specialized talks based on contributed papers.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submissions on cross-cutting approaches that bring together formal methods and techniques from other domains such as probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, control theory, robotics, and quantum computing among others.

  • Formal verification, including theorem proving, model checking, and static analysis
  • Advances in automated theorem proving including SAT and SMT solving
  • Use of formal methods in software and system testing
  • Run-time verification
  • Techniques and algorithms for scaling formal methods, such as abstraction and symbolic methods, compositional techniques, as well as parallel and/or distributed techniques
  • Code generation from formally verified models
  • Safety cases and system safety
  • Formal approaches to fault tolerance
  • Theoretical advances and empirical evaluations of formal methods techniques for safety-critical systems, including hybrid and embedded systems
  • Formal methods in systems engineering and model-based development
  • Formalization of mathematics and physics

Submission Details

There are two categories of submissions:
  • Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results (maximum 15 pages, including references)
  • Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with preliminary results (maximum 6 pages, including references)

All papers must be in English and describe original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere. All submissions will be fully reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.

Papers will appear in a volume of Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), and must use LNCS style formatting[*]. Papers must be submitted in PDF format at the EasyChair submission site:


Authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue in Springer's Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: A NASA Journal.

Important dates

  • Abstract Submission: December 1, 2017 (Extended)
  • Paper Submission: December 11, 2017 (Extended)
  • Paper Notification: January 23, 2018
  • Camera Ready Deadline: February 6, 2018
  • Symposium: April 17-19, 2018

Program Committee



NFM2018 is being organized by the NASA Langley Formal Methods Team, which is celebrating 30 years of existence.

The symposium will be held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center[*] in the vibrant city of Newport News, Virginia, USA. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A group rate to attend NFM2018 is available at the Newport News Marriot until March 16, 2018 through this link[*].

There will be no registration fee charged to participants. However, all attendees must register in order to participate.



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