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VSTTE 2021 : VSTTE'21: Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools, and Experiments


Conference Series : Verified Software: Theories, Tools, Experiments
When Oct 18, 2021 - Oct 19, 2021
Where Yale University, Connecticut, USA
Abstract Registration Due Jul 10, 2021
Submission Deadline Jul 17, 2021
Notification Due Sep 1, 2021
Categories    formal verification   model checking   theorem proving   SAT/SMT

Call For Papers

VSTTE 2021 13th Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools, and Experiments

October 18-19 2021

Co-located with Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design 2021 (FMCAD 2021)


The goal of the VSTTE conference series is to advance the state of the art in the science and technology of software verification, through the interaction of theory development, tool evolution, and experimental validation. The Verified Software Initiative (VSI), spearheaded by Tony Hoare and Jayadev Misra, is an ambitious research program for making large-scale verified software a practical reality. The Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools and Experiments (VSTTE) is the main forum for advancing the initiative. VSTTE brings together experts spanning the spectrum of software verification in order to foster international collaboration on the critical research challenges. The theoretical work includes semantic foundations and logics for specification and verification, and verification algorithms and methodologies. The tools cover specification and annotation languages, program analyzers, model checkers, interactive verifiers and proof checkers, automated theorem provers and SAT/SMT solvers, and integrated verification environments. The experimental work drives the research agenda for theory and tools by taking on significant specification/verification exercises covering hardware, operating systems, compilers, computer security, parallel computing, and cyber-physical systems. The 2021 edition of VSTTE will be the 13th working conference in the series, and will be co-located with FMCAD 2021 at the Yale University, Connecticut, USA. We welcome submissions describing significant advances in the production of verified software, i.e., software that has been proved to meet its functional specifications. Submissions of theoretical, practical, and experimental contributions are equally encouraged, including those that focus on specific problems or problem domains. We are especially interested in submissions describing large-scale verification efforts that involve collaboration, theory unification, tool integration, and formalized domain knowledge. We also welcome papers describing novel experiments and case studies evaluating verification techniques and technologies. Topics of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to, education, requirements modeling, specification languages, specification/verification/certification case studies, formal calculi, software design methods, automatic code generation, refinement methodologies, compositional analysis, verification tools (e.g., static analysis, dynamic analysis, model checking, theorem proving, satisfiability), tool integration, benchmarks, challenge problems, and integrated verification environments. Work on diverse verification technologies, e.g., static analysis, dynamic analysis, model checking, theorem proving, satisfiability, is particularly encouraged.

Paper Submissions

VSTTE 2021 will accept both long (limited to 16 pages, excluding references) and short (limited to 10 pages, excluding references) paper submissions. Short submissions also cover Verification Pearls describing an elegant proof or proof technique. Submitted research papers and system descriptions must be original and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions of theoretical, practical, and experimental contributions are equally encouraged, including those that focus on specific problems or problem domains. Papers will be submitted via EasyChair. Submissions that arrive late, are not in the proper format, or are too long will not be considered. The post-conference proceedings of VSTTE 2021 will be published by Springer-Verlag in the LNCS series. Authors of accepted papers will be requested to sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to Springer-Verlag. The use of LaTeX and the Springer LNCS class files is strongly encouraged.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: July 10, 2021 (AoE)
Paper submission: July 17, 2021 (AoE)
Notification of presentation acceptance: September 1, 2021
Final Paper submission: September 15, 2021 (AoE)
Camera-ready for post-conference proceedings: (TBA)


Registration to VSTTE is part of the FMCAD 2021 process.

Invited Speakers

Tom Henzinger (IST Austria)
Matteo Maffei (TU Wein)
Michael Whalen (Amazon, USA)
Frits Vaandrager (Radboud University, Netherlands)

General Chair

Natarajan Shankar (SRI International)

Program Chairs

Roderick Bloem (TU Graz)
Natasha Sharygina (USI)

Program Committee

Christel Baier (TU Dresden, Germany)
Nikolaj Bjørner (Microsoft Research, USA)
Roderick Bloem (TU Graz)
Borzoo Bonakdarpour (Michigan State University, USA)
Supratik Chakraborty (IIT Bombay, India)
Hana Chockler (King's College London, UK)
Grigory Fedyukovich (Florida State University, USA)
Jean-Christophe Filliâtre (CNRS, France)
Carlo A. Furia (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan (University of Utah, USA)
Orna Grumberg (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Swen Jacobs (CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Germany)
Rajeev Joshi (AWS, USA)
Dejan Jovanović (AWS, USA)
Peter Müller (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Kedar Namjoshi (Bell Labs, USA)
Aina Niemetz (Stanford University, USA)
Natasha Sharygina (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Yakir Vizel (Technion, Israel)
Chao Wang (University of Southern California, USA)
Valentin Wüstholz (ConsenSys Diligence, Germany)

Previous Editions

VSTTE 2005 (Zürich, Switzerland)
VSTTE 2008 (Toronto, Canada)
VSTTE 2010 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
VSTTE 2012 (Philadelphia, USA, co-located with POPL 2012)
VSTTE 2013 (Atherton, USA)
VSTTE 2014 (Vienna, Austria, co-located with CAV 2014 as part of VSL 2014)
VSTTE 2015 (San Francisco, USA, co-located with CAV 2015)
VSTTE 2016 (Toronto, Canada, co-located with CAV 2016)
VSTTE 2017 (Heidelberg, Germany, co-located with CAV 2017)
VSTTE 2018 (Oxford, UK, co-located with CAV 2018)
VSTTE 2019 (New York, USA, co-located with CAV 2019)
VSTTE 2020 (Los Angeles, USA, co-located with CAV 2020)

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