Welcome ICFEM2008

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First Call for Papers
ICFEM 2008
10th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods
27-31 October 2008
Kitakyushu International Conference Center, Kitakyushu-City, Japan
Sponsored by ICFEM 2008 Organizing Committee
Co-Sponsored by Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA), Japan (under negotiation)
Supported by Software Engineers Association of Japan (SEA),
West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association


Formal methods for development of computer systems have been extensively researched and studied. We now have a good theoretical understanding of how to describe what programs do, how they do it, and why they work. A range of semantic theories, specification languages, design techniques, and verification methods and tools have been developed and applied to the construction of programs of moderate size that are used in critical applications.

The challenge now is to scale up formal methods and integrate them into engineering development processes for the correct and efficient construction and maintenance of computer systems. This requires us to improve the state-of-the-art by researching effective approaches and techniques for integration of formal methods into industrial engineering practice, including new and emerging practice.

ICFEM 2008 aims to bring together those interested in the application of formal engineering methods to computer systems. Researchers and practitioners, from industry, academia, and government, are encouraged to attend, and to help advance the state of the art. We particularly encourage submissions that are aimed at a combination of conceptual and methodological aspects with their formal foundation and tool support. We are interested in work that has been incorporated into real production systems, and in theoretical work that promises to bring practical, tangible benefit.

Area and Topics: Any submission whose content is relevant to the area of formal engineering methods will be considered, but submissions whose subject matter is related to one of the following themes will be particularly welcome:

Paper Submissions: Since ICFEM addresses a heterogeneous audience, potential authors are strongly encouraged to make their ideas as accessible as possible. In addition, reports of case studies should have a conceptual message, theory papers should have a clear link to application, and papers describing tools should include an account of practical results. The ICFEM 2008 Program Committee will select original technical papers for publication in the proceedings of the conference, to be published by Springer in its Lecturer Notes in Computer Science series. Papers should not exceed twenty pages in LNCS format.

Submission Procedure: Further information and instructions about submission can be found at the conference website www.icfem2008.org.