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Second CfP: Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems (FMAS)

                ## Workshop: Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems (FMAS)

#### **A satellite workshop of Formal Methods 2019**

This one day workshop will bring together researchers working on a range
of techniques for formal verification of autonomous systems, to present
recent work in the area, discuss key difficulties, and stimulate
collaboration between the robotics and formal methods communities. This
workshop will include invited speakers, contributed papers, experience
reports, and a discussion panel.

More details can be found on our
[website](https://autonomy-and-verification-uol.github.io/events/fmas)

## Scope

Autonomous -- and Robotic -- Systems present unique challenges for
formal methods. They are embodied entities that can interact with the
real world and make autonomous decisions. Amongst others, they can be
viewed as safety-critical, cyber-physical, hybrid, and real-time
systems. Key issues for formal methods applied to autonomous systems
include capturing how the system will deal with a dynamic external
environment and verification of the system's decision making
capabilities -- including planning, safety, ethical, and reconfiguration
choices. Some autonomous systems require certification before
deployment, others require public trust for wide adoption; both of these
scenarios are being tackled by formal methods.

The goals of this workshop are to bring together leading researchers in
this area to present recent and ongoing work, including experience
reports and case studies as well as identify future directions for this
emerging application of formal methods. This workshop is concerned with
the use of formal methods to specify, model, or verify autonomous or
robotic systems, in whole or in part. Submissions may focus on case
studies that identify the challenges for formal methods in this area, or
experience reports that provide guidelines for tackling these
challenges. Work using integrated formal methods, or describing the
future directions of this field, are particularly welcome.

## Programme Information

The workshop will feature invited speakers (to be confirmed) and
presentations of accepted papers. The workshop will also feature a
discussion panel for a structured, whole-group conversation for scoping
the future directions of formal methods for autonomous systems.

## Submission Information

There are two categories of submission:

* Short papers -- 6 pages
* Long papers -- 15 pages

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Experience reports/case studies on applying formal methods to
autonomous and/or robotic systems
* Novel formal methods that can be applied to autonomous and/or robotic
systems
* The modification of existing formal methods to suit autonomous and/or
robotic systems
* Future directions for formal methods for autonomous and/or robotic systems

Submission will be via
[easychair](https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fmas2019), in LNCS
format.

Each submission will receive at least three, single-blind reviews. If a
paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must attend the workshop
to present their work. Revised selected papers will be published in the
upcoming FM 2019 Workshops LNCS volume.

## Important Dates

* Submission: 30th June 2019
* Notification: 31st July 2019
* Final Version due: 1st September 2019
* Workshop: 11th of October 2019

## Chairs

* [Marie Farrell](https://cgi.csc.liv.ac.uk/~marie), University of
Liverpool, UK
* [Michael Fisher](https://cgi.csc.liv.ac.uk/~michael), University of
Liverpool, UK
* [Matt Luckcuck](https://cgi.csc.liv.ac.uk/~mattlck), University of
Liverpool, UK
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