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AISB event Bulletin Item

CfP: Fourth Workshop on Formal Languages and Analysis Contract-Oriented Software


           Fourth Workshop on Formal Languages and Analysis of
               Contract-Oriented Software  (FLACOS'10)

                Pisa, Italy, 17-18 September, 2010


The ability to negotiate contracts for a wide range of aspects and to
provide services conforming to them is a most pressing need in
service-oriented architectures. High-level models of contracts are
making their way, but application developers are still left to their
own devices when it comes to writing code that will comply with a
contract. At the programming language level, contracts appear as
separate concerns that cut across application logic, while analysis
requires that contracts are abstracted from applications to become
amenable to formal reasoning.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners working on language-based solutions to the above issues
through formalization of contracts, design of appropriate abstraction
mechanisms, and formal analysis of contract languages and
software. Such languages include, but are not limited to SLA, BPEL,
behavioral interfaces, deontic logic for services, social contracts
(multi-agent systems), formalised legal contracts and other
prescriptive formalisms.

The workshop will include presentations by a number of invited
speakers and others from researchers in the field who are encouraged
to submit an abstract of their work as an expression of interest in
participating in the workshop. The number of participants in the
workshop is strictly limited.


    Paper Submission Deadline:       April 15, 2010
    Notification of Acceptance:      June 1, 2010
    Final Version Due:               July 1, 2010
    Early registration:              July 15, 2010
    WORKSHOP:                        September 17-18, 2010


Topics of the workshop include (but are not limited to):

   * Formal languages for contracts
   * Contract-oriented software development
   * Formal analysis of contracts, including static analysis,
run-time verification,
     and model checking techniques
   * Contract synthesis
   * Contract transformation and contract refinement
   * Contract negotiation, discovery and monitoring


   * Fabio Massacci, Universit di Trento
   * Michael Papazoglou, Tilburg University
   * Andreas Roth, SAP Research
   * Marek Sergot, Imperial College London
   * More to be announced


Authors wishing to give a talk at the workshop are invited to submit
an extended abstract of their work (3-8 pages, in PDF format, one
column, printable on A4 paper) to by 15 April
2010. Submission of work submitted for formal publication elsewhere
and work in progress is permitted.

The abstracts of the accepted contributions will be available at the
workshop. After the workshop, selected papers will be published in a
special issue of the Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming
(Elsevier), following the standard reviewing process of the journal.


   * More information to follow.


   * B. Bjurling, SICS, Sweden
   * A. Brogi, University of Pisa, Italy (program co-chair)
   * G. Castagna, Univ. Paris 7, France
   * S. Graf, VERIMAG, France
   * A. Lomuscio, Imperial College, London, UK
   * U. Montanari, University of Pisa, Italy
   * O. Owe, University of Oslo, Norway
   * G. Pace, University of Malta, Malta
   * E. Pimentel Snchez, Universidad of Mlaga, Spain
   * A.P. Ravn, Aalborg University, Denmark
   * W. Reisig, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
   * G. Schneider, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (program co-chair)
   * K. Sere, bo Akademi, Finland
   * V. Valero Ruiz, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
   * M. Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany


   * Andrea Bracciali (CNR)
   * Roberto Bruni (University of Pisa) (Chair)