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FMAS2020: Call for Participation

Second Workshop on Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems (FMAS 2020)

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, and experience reports. FMAS2020 will be held online on the 7th of December 2020. This is due to the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19. You can register to attend FMAS2020, for free, using our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/second-workshop-on-formal-methods-for-autonomous-systems-tickets-120953927453 More details can be found on our website: https://autonomy-and-verification-uol.github.io/events/fmas2020

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. 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.

Registration

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 FMAS2020, for free, using our eventbrite page.

Invited Talks

We have two invited speakers for FMAS 2020:

  • Ivan Perez from the NASA / NIA Formal Methods Group
  • Louise Dennis from the University of Manchester

    Chairs

  • Marie Farrell , University of Manchester, UK
  • Michael Fisher, University of Manchester, UK
  • Matt Luckcuck , University of Manchester, UK

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