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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:School on Formal Methods for the Design of Computer, Communication and Software Systems, 17-22 Jun 2013, Bertinoro, ITALY
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SFM ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Formal methods are emerging in computer science as a prominent approach to the rigorous design of computer, communication and software systems. The aim of the SFM series is to offer a good spectrum of current research in foundations as well as applications of formal methods, which can be of interest for graduate students and young researchers who intend to approach the field. This year SFM is an offspring of the workshops QAPL and MLQA and is devoted to dynamical systems. It covers topics such as chaotic dynamics, information theory, systems biology, hybrid systems, quantum computing, and automata-based models and model checking. COURSES AND LECTURERS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The school features the following lectures: "Introduction to Dynamical Systems" Herbert Wiklicky (Imperial College London, UK) "Introduction to Chaotic Dynamics and Fractals" Abbas Edalat (Imperial College London, UK) "Information-Theoretic Security Analysis" Boris Koepf (IMDEA Software, ES) "Quantum Information Theory" Renato Renner (ETH Zurich, CH) "Quantitative Automata-Based Models and Model Checking" Joost-Pieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen, DE) "Fluid Analysis of Markov Models" Jeremy Bradley (Imperial College London, UK) "Discrete and Hybrid Methods in Systems Biology" Oded Maler (VERIMAG, FR) "ODE Analysis of Biological Systems" Ion Petre (Abo Akademi, FI) "Model Checking of Biological Models" Lubos Brim (Masaryk Univ., CZ) "Fluid Model Checking" Luca Bortolussi (Univ. Trieste, IT) "Checking Stability of Hybrid Systems" Andreas Podelski (Univ. Freiburg, DE) "Topological Quantum Computing" Jiannis Pachos (Univ. Leeds, UK) All participants will receive a copy of a tutorial book published by Springer as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. LOCATION ^^^^^^^^ SFM-13:DS will be held in the medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 70 km south-east of Bologna, at an elevation of about 230 m. It can be reached in a couple of hours from the international airport "G. Marconi" of Bologna by shuttle (from the airport to the railway station) + train (from Bologna to Forli`) + bus/taxi (from the railway station to Bertinoro). The closest airport is the "L. Ridolfi" airport of Forli`, which is 13 km away. Bertinoro is close to many splendid locations such as Urbino, Gradara, San Leo, and the Republic of San Marino, as well as some less well-known locations like the thermal springs of Fratta Terme. Bertinoro can also be a base for visiting some of the better-known Italian locations such as Bologna, Rimini, Ravenna, Ferrara, Venezia, Padova, Verona, Firenze, Pisa, and Siena. Bertinoro itself is picturesque, with its narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. The school will be held at the Centro Residenziale Universitario (CRU), an ex-episcopal fortress that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference center with computing facilities and Internet access. From the fortress, it is possible to enjoy a beautiful vista stretching from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley. ORGANIZATION ^^^^^^^^^^^^ Scientific directors: * Marco Bernardo (University of Urbino, IT) * Erik de Vink (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL) * Alessandra Di Pierro (University of Verona, IT) * Herbert Wiklicky (Imperial College London, UK) Secretary: * Monica Michelacci (CRU Bertinoro, IT) APPLICATION ^^^^^^^^^^^ Prospective participants should send by 21 March 2013 the application form, available on the school website, to the two e-mail addresses below: Marco Bernardo marco.bernardo AT uniurb.it Monica Michelacci mmichelacci AT ceub.it The registration fee is 600 euros and includes the school material. The accommodation fee is 350 euros and covers the period June 16-23 (7 nights), double room (to share with another participant), half board (breakfast and lunch, dinner of June 16 included, lunch of June 23 excluded). The reduced accommodation fee for the participants who do not need a room is 100 euros and covers the period June 17-22 (6 lunches). A very limited number of grants is available to cover part of the registration fee (no grant can be requested to cover the accommodation fee or the travel expenses). Notification of accepted/rejected applications and grant requests will be communicated by March 31. Registration to the school is due by April 20. No refund is possible for cancellation after May 15.