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NFM 2022 : NASA Formal Methods 2022


Conference Series : NASA Formal Methods
When May 24, 2022 - May 27, 2022
Where Pasadena, California, USA
Submission Deadline Jan 10, 2022
Notification Due Feb 28, 2022
Final Version Due Mar 28, 2022
Categories    formal methods   testing   verification   software engineering

Call For Papers


The 14th NASA Formal Methods Symposium
May 24-27, 2022
Pasadena, California, USA

*** EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 10, 2022 ***

The symposium is planned to be held in person at California Institute of Technology, but potentially transitioning to fully virtual if the COVID situation persists. Virtual presentations will be possible even if the conference is held in-person.

The symposium has NO registration fee for presenting and attending.


- Abstract Submission: January 10, 2022 *** extended ***
- Paper Submission: January 10, 2022 *** extended ***
- Paper Notifications: February 28, 2022
- Camera-ready Papers: March 28, 2022
- Symposium: May 24-27, 2022


The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry requires 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. The focus of the symposium will be on formal/rigorous techniques for software assurance, including their theory, current capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential application to aerospace during all stages of the software life-cycle.

The NASA Formal Methods Symposium is an annual event organized by the NASA Formal Methods (NFM) Research Group, composed of researchers spanning six NASA centers. The organization of NFM 2022 is being led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), located in Pasadena, California.


- Dines Bjoerner, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
- Edwin Brady, University of St. Andrews, UK
- Steve Chien, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
- Ankush Desai, Amazon Web Services, USA
- Daniel Jackson, MIT, USA
- Anastasia Mavridou, KBR Inc / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
- Leonardo De Moura, Microsoft Research, USA
- Sriram Sankaranarayanan, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
- Alex Summers, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Emina Torlak, University of Washington, USA


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of formal methods:

Advances in formal methods

- Interactive and automated theorem proving
- SMT and SAT solving
- Model checking
- Static analysis
- Runtime verification
- Automated testing
- Specification languages, textual and graphical
- Refinement
- Code synthesis
- Design for verification and correct-by-design techniques
- Requirements specification and analysis

Integration of formal methods techniques

- Integration of diverse formal methods techniques
- Use of machine learning and probabilistic reasoning techniques in formal methods
- Integration of formal methods into software engineering practices.
- Combination of formal methods with simulation and analysis techniques
- Formal methods and fault tolerance, resilient computing, and self healing systems
- Formal methods and graphical modeling languages such as SysML, UML, MATLAB/Simulink
- Formal methods and autonomy, e.g., verification of systems and languages for planning and scheduling
(PDDL, Plexil, etc.), self-sufficient systems, and fault-tolerant systems.

Formal methods in practice

- Experience reports of application of formal methods on real systems, such as autonomous systems, safety-critical
systems, concurrent and distributed systems, cyber-physical, embedded, and hybrid systems, fault-detection,
diagnostics, and prognostics systems, and human-machine interaction analysis.
- Use of formal methods in systems engineering (including hardware components)
- Use of formal methods in education
- Reports on negative results in the development and the application for formal methods in practice.
- Usability of formal method tools, and their infusion into industrial contexts.
- Challenge problems for future reference by the formal methods community. The formulation of these papers can range
from plain English description of a problem over formal specifications, to specific implementations in a
programming language.


Courageous authors, who want to delve in open source software being applied in real NASA missions, and find possible connections to and applications of Formal Methods, are invited to visit the open source repositories for the following two frameworks for programming flight software:

- F' (
- cFS (


There are two categories of submissions:

- Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results
(maximum 15 pages, excluding references);

- Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with preliminary results
(maximum 6 pages, excluding references).

Additional appendices can be submitted as supplementary material for reviewing purposes. They will not be included in the proceedings.

All papers must be in English and describe original work that has not been published.

All submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. Reviewing is Single-blind.

We encourage authors to focus on readability of their submissions.

Papers will appear in the Formal Methods subline 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 (


Authors are encouraged, but not strictly required, to refer to artifacts (via urls in the paper) that support the conclusions of their work (if allowed by their institutions). Artifacts may contain software, mechanized proofs, benchmarks, examples, case studies and data sets. Artifacts will be evaluated by the Program Committee together with the paper.


PC chairs

- Klaus Havelund, JPL, USA
- Jyo Deshmukh, USC, USA
- Ivan Perez, NIA, USA

Application Advisors

- Robert Bocchino, JPL, USA
- John Day, JPL, USA
- Maged Elasaar, JPL, USA
- Amalaye Oyake, Blue Origin, USA
- Nicolas Rouquette, JPL, USA
- Vandi Verma, JPL, USA

Application advisors advise the PC chairs to ensure a strong connection to the problems facing NASA.

Local Organizer

- Richard Murray, Caltech, USA

Scientific Advisor

- Mani Chandy, Caltech, USA

Program Committee

- Aaron Dutle, NASA, USA
- Alessandro Cimatti, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
- Anastasia Mavridou, SGT Inc. / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
- Anne-Kathrin Schmuck, Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems, Germany
- Arie Gurfinkel, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Bardh Hoxha, Toyota Research Institute North America, USA
- Bernd Finkbeiner, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Germany
- Betty H.C. Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
- Borzoo Bonakdarpour, Michigan State University, USA
- Carolyn Talcott, SRI International, USA
- Chuchu Fan, MIT, USA
- Constance Heitmeyer, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
- Corina Pasareanu, CMU, NASA, KBR, USA
- Cristina Seceleanu, Mälardalen University, Sweden
- Dejan Nickovic, Austrian Institute of Technology AIT, Austria
- Dirk Beyer, LMU Munich, Germany
- Doron Peled, Bar Ilan University, Israel
- Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Ewen Denney, NASA, USA
- Gerard Holzmann, Nimble Research, USA
- Giles Reger, The University of Manchester, UK
- Huafeng Yu, TOYOTA InfoTechnology Center USA, USA
- Jean-Christophe Filliatre, CNRS, France
- Johann Schumann, NASA, USA
- John Day, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
- Julia Badger, NASA, USA
- Julien Signoles, CEA LIST, France
- Kerianne Hobbs, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
- Kristin Yvonne Rozier, Iowa State University, USA
- Leonardo Mariani, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
- Lu Feng, University of Virginia, USA
- Marcel Verhoef, European Space Agency, The Netherlands
- Marie Farrell, Maynooth University, Ireland
- Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Marielle Stoelinga, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Martin Feather, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
- Martin Leucker, University of Luebeck, Germany
- Michael Lowry, NASA, USA
- Misty Davies, NASA, USA
- Natasha Neogi, NASA, USA
- Nicolas Rouquette, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
- Nikos Arechiga, Toyota Research Institute, USA
- Rajeev Joshi, Amazon Web Services, USA
- Stanley Bak, Stony Brook University, USA
- Sylvie Boldo, INRIA, France
- Vandi Verma, NASA, USA
- Willem Visser, Amazon Web Services, USA


Email: nfm2022 [at] easychair [dot] org

Last update: 2022-01-06

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