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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Program Semantics, Specification and Verification", 12-13 June 2011, Russia
Contact: Alexei Promsky,

-Second Workshop on Program Semantics, Specification and Verification: Theory and Applications (PSSV 2011) -Affiliated with the 6th International Computer Science Symposium in Russia(CSR-2011), St. Petersburg, Russia.

It will be the second edition of the workshop. The first inaugural workshop PSSV-2010 took place June 14-15, 2010 in Kazan, Russia as a part of 5th International Computer Science Symposium in Russia (CSR-2010).


Important dates:
Extended abstract submission: March 1, 2011
Notification: March 31, 2011


Official language: English


Scope and Topics

List of topics of interest includes (but is not limited to):
* formalisms for program semantics
   (e.g. Abstract State Machines);
* formal models and semantics of programs and systems
   (e.g. labeled transition systems);
* semantics of programming and specification languages
   (e.g. axiomatic semantics);
* formal description techniques (e.g. SDL);
* logics for formal specification and verification
   (e.g. temporal logic);
* deductive program verification
   (e.g. verification conditions and automatic invariant generation);
* automatic theorem proving
   (e.g. combinations of decidable theories);
* model checking of programs and systems
   (e.g. verification of finite-state protocol models);
* static analysis of programs;
* formal approach to testing and validation
   (e.g. automatic test generation);
* program analysis and verification tools.
Research, work in progress and position papers are welcome.


Program Chairs

* Valery Nepomniaschy
   (Institute of Informatics Systems, Novosibirsk, Russia,
* Valery Sokolov
   (Yaroslavl State University, Yaroslavl, Russia,

Program Committee:

* Natasha Alechina (University of Nottingham, UK),
* Sergey Baranov (St. Petersburg State Polytech. University, Russia),
* Alexander Bolotov (University of Westminster, UK),
* Michael Dekhtyar (Tver State University , Russia ),
* Nina Evtushenko (Tomsk State University, Russia),
* Vladimir Itsykson (St. Petersburg State Polytech. University, Russia),
* Andrei  Klimov (Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Moscow, Russia),
* Victor Kuliamin (Institute for System Programming, Moscow, Russia),
* Alexander Letichevsky (Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Kiev, Ukraine),
* Alexei Lisitsa (University of Lliverpool),
* Irina Lomazova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia),
* Nikolay Shilov (Institute of Informatics Systems, Novosibirsk, Russia),
* Vladimir Zakharov (Moscow State University, Russia).


Submission and Publication

Program Committee invites submissions in the form of extended abstracts (up to 8 pages, Lecture Notes in Computer Science style) in English. Additional details may be included in an appendix up to
4 pages for Program Committee. Submissions should be in PDF format.
They should be sent (as attachments) by e-mail with subject line "PSSV-2011" to Alexei Promsky ( and their short abstracts should be sent (as attachments) to PSSV Chairs.
The acknowledgment will be sent within 3 days.

Program committee plans to have regular sessions and posters presentations. All accepted papers will be published in the preliminary proceedings before the workshop and the volume of the proceedings will be distributed at the workshop. Selected papers will be published after the workshop in one of Russian peer-review journals. At least one author of every accepted paper should present a talk in the workshop.