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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design FMCAD 2007


                           FMCAD 2007
 International Conference on Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design
                         CALL FOR PAPERS

                November 11-14, 2007, Austin, Texas

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2007
Paper Submission Deadline:    May 7, 2007
Acceptance Notification:      June 21, 2007
Final Version Due:            July 28, 2007

FMCAD 2007 is the seventh in a series of conferences on the theory and application of formal methods in hardware and system design and verification. In 2005, the bi-annual FMCAD and sister conference CHARME decided to merge to form an annual conference with a unified community. The resulting unified FMCAD provides a leading international forum to researchers and practitioners in academia and industry for presenting and discussing groundbreaking methods, technologies, theoretical results, and tools for formally reasoning about computing systems, as well as open challenges therein. FMCAD2007 will include a full day of tutorials (see below), and will be co-located with the ACL2 Workshop. Topics of interest for the technical program include, but are not limited to:

* Foundations: advancing industrial-strength technologies in model checking, theorem proving, equivalence checking, abstraction and refinement techniques, property-preserving reduction techniques, compositional methods, decision procedures, SAT- and BDD-based methods, combining deductive methods with decision procedures, and probabilistic methods.

* Verification applications: tools, industrial experience reports, and case studies. We encourage the submission of materials relating to novel and challenging industrial-scale applications of formal methods, including problem domains where formal methods worked well or even fell short. We also encourage submissions relating to the development and execution of methodologies for formal and informal verification strategies.

* Applications of formal methods in design: topics relating to the application and applicability of assertion-based verification, equivalence checking, transaction-level verification, semi-formal verification, runtime verification, simulation and testcase generation, coverage analysis, microcode verification, embedded systems, software verification, concurrent systems, timing verification, and formal approaches to performance and power.

* Model-based approaches: modeling and specification languages, system-level design and verification, design derivation and transformation, and correct-by-construction methods.

* Formal methods for the design and verification of emerging and novel technologies: nano, quantum, biological, video, gaming, and multimedia applications.

Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format through the FMCAD Website, http://fmcad.org/2007. The proceedings will be published by the IEEE and will be available online in the ACM Digital Library and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. There are two categories of papers:


Regular papers are limited to 8 pages using the IEEE Transactions format on letter-size
paper with a 10-point font size (see http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/pubs/transactions/stylesheets.html). We recommend that self-citations be written in the third person, though authors will be required to identify themselves on their submissions. Submissions must contain original research that has not been previously published, nor concurrently submitted for publication. Any partial overlap with any published or concurrently submitted paper must be clearly indicated. If experimental results are reported, authors are strongly encouraged to provide adequate access to their data so that results can be independently verified. Papers should contain a short abstract of approximately 150 words clearly stating the contribution of the submission. Refer to http://fmcad.org/2007 for evolving submission details. A small number of accepted papers will be considered for a Distinguished Paper Award.


The page limit is 4 pages using the same format as for regular papers. Short papers can describe applications, case studies, industrial experience reports, emerging results, or implemented tools with novel features. A demonstration will be required for accepted tool papers.

Chairs:               Jason Baumgartner, IBM Corporation, USA
                      Mary Sheeran, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Benchmarks:           Panagiotis Manolios, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Local Arrangements:   Andy Martin, IBM Corporation, USA
Publicity:            Alper Sen, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., USA
Tutorials:            Natasha Sharygina, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Webmasters:           Hari Mony, IBM Corporation, USA
                      Sandip Ray, University of Texas, USA

Chair:                William Joyner, Semiconductor Research Corporation, USA
Participants:         Robert Jones, Intel Corp., USA
                      Andreas Kuehlmann, Cadence Laboratories, USA
                      Carl Pixley, Synopsys, USA

This panel will focus broadly upon "CAD in the 22nd Century!" It will address what design, verification, synthesis, etc. will be like given a long enough time-line that most of today's barriers and impossibilities have been addressed through technological advances. This panel should spark a lively discussion, and help identify a variety of open research problems that require attention along this CAD evolution.

Robert Brayton, University of California at Berkeley, USA
This tutorial will focus upon the synergy between logic synthesis and verification, and numerous advances in the state-of-the-art thereof.

Randal Bryant, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
This tutorial will address the use of word-level abstractions to stretch the capacity barrier of automated verification tools, while retaining bit-level accuracy in verification results.

Niklas Een, Cadence, USA
This tutorial illuminates the numerous engineering decisions, many undocumented in the literature, that one faces when using and tuning a state-of-the-art SAT solver in an industrial setting.

Farid Najm, University of Toronto, Canada
This tutorial will demonstrate the increasing need for low-power design solutions, covering the link from high-level design to power dissipation of the final silicon chip, power modeling and estimation techniques, and numerous techniques for power optimizations.

Mark Aagaard, University of Waterloo, Canada
Jason Baumgartner, IBM Corporation, USA
Armin Biere, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Per Bjesse, Synopsys, USA
Dominique Borrione, Grenoble University, France
Gianpiero Cabodi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Alessandro Cimatti, ITC-irst, Trento, Italy
Koen Claessen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Cindy Eisner, IBM Haifa Research Laboratory, Israel
Steven German, IBM Research Division, USA
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah, USA
Aarti Gupta, NEC Laboratories America, USA
Alan J. Hu, University of British Columbia, Canada
Warren Hunt, University of Texas, USA
Steven Johnson, Indiana University, USA
Robert Jones, Intel Corp., USA
Daniel Kroening, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Andreas Kuehlmann, Cadence Laboratories, USA
Wolfgang Kunz, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Jeremy Levitt, Mentor Graphics, USA
Panagiotis Manolios, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Andy Martin, IBM Research Division, USA
Tom Melham, Oxford University, UK
Alan Mishchenko, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Ken McMillan, Cadence Labs, USA
John O'Leary, Intel Corp., USA
Wolfgang Paul, Saarland University, Germany
Carl Pixley, Synopsys, USA
Natasha Sharygina, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Mary Sheeran, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Anna Slobodova, Intel Corp., USA
Richard Trefler, University of Waterloo, Canada