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Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems 2021: Registration

                Third Workshop on Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems (FMAS 2021)

This two-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.
FMAS2021 will be held **online**, due to the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19, on the **21st and 22nd of October 2021**.
You can register to attend FMAS2021, for free, using our eventbrite page: (
More details, including the full list of accepted papers, can be found on our website: (
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.
We are especially interested in work using integrated formal methods, discussing the future directions of the field, using Runtime Verification or other approaches to deal with the _reality gap_, the cross over of safety and security, and verification of systems against safety assurance arguments or standards documents.
This year, FMAS will be held **online** via a video conference system. We will circulate details closer to the event, when the number of attendees is clearer.
You can register to attend FMAS2021, for free, using our eventbrite ( page.
Invited Talks
We have two invited talks for FMAS 2021:
"Help or Hazard: Towards Verifying Autonomous Robot Systems" by Clare Dixon, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester (UK)

"Understanding and Verifying Deep Neural Networks" by Divya Gopinath, Researcher in Formal Verification in the Robust Software Engineering (RSE) group at the NASA Ames Research Center

* Matt Luckcuck , Maynooth University, Ireland
* Marie Farrell , Maynooth University, Ireland
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