8th International Verification Workshop – VERIFY-2014

What are the verification problems? What are the deduction techniques?

Vienna, July 23–24, 2014

in connection with IJCAR 2014


Program & Workshop Chairs

S. Autexier (DFKI Bremen, Germany)
B. Beckert (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

Program Committee

W. Ahrendt (Chalmers University of Technology)
J. (Middlesex University)
I. Cervesato (Carnegie Mellon University)
J. Fleuriot (University of Edinburgh)
M. Huisman (University of Twente)
D. Hutter (DFKI GmbH)
R. Hähnle (Technical University of Darmstadt)
D. Kapur (University of New Mexico)
G. Klein (NICTA and UNSW)
J. Leslie-Hurd (Intel Corporation)
F. Martinelli (IIT-CNR)
C. Meadows (NRL)
S. Merz (Inria Nancy)
T. Nipkow (TU München)
L. Paulson (University of Cambridge)
J. Schumann (SGT, Inc/NASA Ames)
K. Stenzel (University of Augsburg)

Call for papers

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Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 17th, 2014
  
Paper Submission Deadline: April 25th, 2014
  
Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2014
  
Final version due: May 27, 2014
  
Workshop date: July 23–24, 2014

Previous VERIFY workshops

Contact

If you need further information, do not hesitate to
contact the workshop chairs by sending an e-mail
to mailto:verify2014@informatik.uni-bremen.de?subject=Verify-2014.

The formal verification of critical information systems has a long tradition as one of the main areas of application for automated theorem proving. Nevertheless, the area is of still growing importance as the number of computers affecting everyday life and the complexity of these systems are both increasing. The purpose of the VERIFY workshop series is to discuss problems arising during the formal modeling and verification of information systems and to investigate suitable solutions. Possible perspectives include those of automated theorem proving, tool support, system engineering, and applications.

For automated theorem proving, each verification project is the source of numerous deduction problems that are not only interesting and challenging, but also of practical relevance. On the one hand, such proof obligations can serve as examples for experimenting with general-purpose deduction techniques and tools. On the other hand, deduction techniques can be tailored to typical classes of verification problems.

Tool support is essential in order to deal with the numerous proof obligations arising in practical verification. In particular, powerful theorem provers are required to provide a high degree of automation. Moreover, tool support is also necessary for making the development of large specifications feasible, for keeping ongoing developments in a consistent state, and for supporting the reuse of previously constructed specifications and proofs. Often, satisfactory tool support can only be achieved by combining different systems.

Engineering techniques are needed for making the formal modeling and analysis of complex information systems feasible. Specifications become more manageable when being developed in a modular fashion and on different levels of abstraction. When a well-defined engineering process is applied, verification techniques can be tailored to the deduction problems that typically originate from this process.

Applications include the verification of functional properties, of safety properties, of security properties, and of fault tolerance. Evaluation criteria like the Common Criteria, for instance, require the construction of formal security models that constitute a basis for a formal verification. Verification case studies are necessary for evaluating the feasibility of verification techniques in practice.

The VERIFY workshop series aims at bringing together people who are interested in the development of safety-critical and security-critical systems, in formal methods, in the development of automated theorem proving techniques, and in the development of tool support. Practical experiences gained in realistic verifications are of interest to the automated theorem proving community and new theorem proving techniques should be transferred into practice. The overall objective of the VERIFY workshops is to identify open problems and to discuss possible solutions under the theme

What are the verification problems? What are the deduction techniques?

The 2014 edition of VERIFY aims for extending the verification methods for processes implemented in hard- and software to processes that may well include computer-assistance, but have a large part or a frequent interaction with non-computer-based process steps. Hence the 2014 edition will run under the focus theme

Verification Beyond IT Systems

A non-exclusive list of application areas with these characteristics are

  • Ambient assisted living
  • Business systems and processes
  • Clinical processes
  • Intelligent home systems and processes
  • Diagnostics and repair processes
  • Production logistics systems and processes
  • Transportation logistics
  • Social systems and processes (e.g., voting systems)
Relevant issues in these areas are safety and security, but especially also fault-tolerance, flexibilization, run-time adaptation, etc.

The scope of VERIFY includes topics such as

+ ATP techniques in verification + Integration of ATPs and CASE-tools
+ Case studies (specification and verification) + Management of change
+ Combination of verification tools + Refinement and decomposition
+ Compositional and modular reasoning + Reliability of mobile computing
+ Experience reports on using formal methods + Reuse of specifications and proofs
+ Formal methods for fault tolerance + Safety-critical systems
+ Gaps between problems and techniques + Security models
+ Information-flow security + Tool support for formal methods

Submission

Submissions are encouraged in one of the following two categories:

  • A. Regular paper: Submissions in this category should describe previously unpublished work (completed or in progress), including descriptions of research, tools, and applications. Papers must be 5–14 pages long (in EasyChair style) or 6–15 pages long (in Springer LNCS style).

  • B. Discussion paper: Submissions in this category are intended to initiate discussions and hence should address controversial issues, and may include provocative statements. Papers must be 3–14 pages long (in EasyChair style) or 3–15 pages long (in Springer LNCS style).

Submission of papers is via EasyChair at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=verify2014.

Final versions of accepted papers have to be prepared with LaTeX using the EasyChair class. Each accepted paper shall be presented at the workshop and at least one author of each paper must attend the workshop.

Presentation

For each presentation there will be 40 minutes (including about 10 minutes discussion). For discussion papers, 15–20 minutes shall be reserved for discussion. The workshop program also includes invited talks.

Workshop Proceedings

In addition to informal proceedings, a special issue in a journal on the topic of the workshop is envisaged. Participants of VERIFY-2014 are particularly encouraged to submit a paper to the special issue, but other submissions will also be welcome.


Serge Autexier, Bernhard Beckert
Last modified: November 21, 2014