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FMSPLE 2012 : Third Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in Software Product Line Engineering


When Sep 2, 2012 - Sep 2, 2012
Where Salvador, Brazil
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2012
Notification Due Jun 15, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 29, 2012
Categories    software engineering   software product lines   formal methods   analysis

Call For Papers


Third Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in Software Product
Line Engineering (FMSPLE 2012), 2 September 2012

Co-located with the 16th International Software Product Line Conference
(SPLC 2012), 2 - 7 September 2012, Salvador, Brazil

- Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012
- Final papers due: June 29, 2012


Software product line engineering (SPLE) aims at developing a family of systems by reuse in order to reduce time to market and to increase product quality. The correctness of the development artifacts intended for reuse as well as the correctness of the developed products is of crucial interest for many safety-critical or business-critical applications. Formal methods and analysis approaches have been successfully applied in single system engineering over the last years in order to rigorously establish critical system requirements. However, in SPLE, formal methods and analysis approaches are not broadly applied yet, despite their potential to improve product quality. One of the reasons is that existing formal approaches from single system engineering do not consider variability, an essential aspect of product lines.

The objective of the workshop "Formal Methods and Analysis in Software Product Line Engineering (FMSPLE)" is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the SPLE community with researchers and practitioners working in the area of formal methods and analysis. So far, both communities are only loosely connected, despite very promising initial work on formal analysis techniques for software product lines. The workshop aims at reviewing the state of the art and the state of the practice in which formal methods and analysis approaches are currently applied in SPLE. This leads to a discussion of a research agenda for the extension of existing formal approaches and the development of new formal techniques for dealing with the particular needs of SPLE. To achieve the above objectives, the workshop is intended as a highly interactive event fostering discussion and initiating collaborations between the participants from both communities.


The proposed workshop focuses on the application of formal methods and analysis approaches in all phases of SPLE, including domain and application engineering, in order to ensure the correctness of individual artifacts as well as the consistency among them. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Analysis approaches and formal methods for:
- domain analysis and scoping
- variability modeling
- specification and verification of functional and non-functional properties in SPLE
- safety and security aspects in SPLE
- product line architectures and component-based product line development
- product line implementation, such as type systems, programming languages, formal semantics
- formal verification of product lines and product line artifacts
- correctness-by-construction techniques in SPLE
- automated test case generation and model-based testing in SPLE
- product derivation and application engineering
- product line life-cycle management (e.g., consistency assurance)
- reuse and evolution of SPLs
- Proofs of concept, industrial experiences and empirical evaluations
- Tool presentations
- Vision and position papers on formal methods and analyses applied to SPLE


The FMSPLE workshop will be a full-day event, starting with a keynote presentation by David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain. The keynote will be followed by presentations of selected peer-reviewed papers. To foster interaction within the workshop, a discussant will be assigned to each presented paper. The task of the discussant will be to prepare a summary of the paper and initiate the discussion of its results. The workshop will close with a discussion of its participants to summarize the state of the art and the state of the practice as presented in the workshop, to collect research challenges for the application of formal methods in SPLE and to identify research topics for future workshops.


FMSPLE merges two workshops, namely FMSPLE 2010 ( and ASPL 2008 (, both of which were affiliated to the International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC). A first joint edition was held in 2011 as FMSPLE at the 15th SPLC ( This is the 3rd edition of the successful FMSPLE workshop series.


The contributed papers are expected to comprise research papers containing novel and previously unpublished results, experience reports, reports of industrial case studies, tool descriptions, and short papers describing work in progress or exploratory ideas. All papers have to follow the ACM two-column conference proceedings format (Letter) and be 4 - 8 pages of length.

The papers should be submitted via EasyChair; each paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The program committee will select the best papers based on quality, relevance to the workshop, and potential to initiate discussions for presentation. The workshop proceedings will be published by the ACM in the second volume of the SPLC proceedings.


Vander Alves, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Hugo Arboleda, Icesi University, Cali, Colombia
Jo Atlee, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University, Canada
Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Dirk Beyer, University of Passau, Germany
Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Manfred Broy, Technical University Munich, Germany
Dave Clarke, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Andreas Classen, Intec Software Engineering and University of Namur, Belgium
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Klaus Havelund, NASA JPL, USA
Kim Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Arnaud Hubaux, University of Namur, Belgium
Axel Legay, INRIA Rennes, France
Ivan C. Machado, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Tomi Mannisto, Aalto University, Finland
Marcilio Mendonca, University of Waterloo, Canada
Henry Muccini, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Antonio Ruiz-Cortes, University of Seville, Spain
Ina Schaefer, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Erik de Vink, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Andrzej Wasowski, ITU Kopenhagen, Denmark


Maurice H. ter Beek (ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Andreas Classen (University of Namur, Belgium)


Ina Schaefer (Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany)
Martin Becker (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
Fabricia Roos-Frantz (UNIJUI University, Brazil)
Peter Y. H. Wong (Fredhopper B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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