[FM-India] CAV 2017: Call for Papers

Madhavan Mukund madhavan at cmi.ac.in
Wed Jan 18 18:12:40 IST 2017

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Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:37:10 -0500
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Subject: CAV 2017: Call for Papers

CAV 2017: 29th International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification

Important Dates: All deadlines are AOE (Anywhere on Earth).

  Paper submission: January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)
  Author response period: March 20-22, 2017 (Monday – Wednesday)
  Author notification: April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)
  Final version: May 5, 2017 (Friday)

  Workshops: July 22-23, 2017
  Main conference: July 24-28, 2017

Submission URL


CAV 2017 is the 29th in a series dedicated to the advancement of the theory and
practice of computer-aided formal analysis and synthesis methods for hardware
and software systems.  CAV considers it vital to continue spurring advances in
hardware and software verification while expanding to domains such as
cyber-physical, social, and biological systems.  The conference covers the
spectrum from theoretical results to concrete applications, with an emphasis on
practical verification tools and the algorithms and techniques that are needed
for their implementation. The proceedings of the conference will be published
in the Springer LNCS series. A selection of papers will be invited to a special
issue of Formal Methods in System Design and the Journal of the ACM.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Algorithms and tools for verifying models and implementations
Algorithms and tools for system synthesis
Mathematical and logical foundations of verification and synthesis
Specifications and correctness criteria for programs and systems
Deductive verification using proof assistants
Hardware verification techniques
Program analysis and software verification
Software synthesis
Hybrid systems and embedded systems verification
Compositional and abstraction-based techniques for verification
Probabilistic and statistical approaches to verification
Verification methods for parallel and concurrent systems
Testing and run-time analysis based on verification technology
Decision procedures and solvers for verification and synthesis
Applications and case studies in verification and synthesis
Verification in industrial practice
New application areas for algorithmic verification and synthesis
Formal models and methods for security
Formal models and methods for biological systems

Paper Submission

NEW this year:
There is no separate registration deadline. Full papers should be uploaded by
the submission deadline.
Tool papers require a concurrent artifact submission together with the paper
submission. Artifact evaluation occurs concurrently with the review process and
the PC gets access to the artifact evaluation during the PC discussions.
Submissions on a wide range of topics are sought, particularly ones that
identify new research directions.  CAV 2017 is not limited to topics discussed
in previous instances of the conference.  Authors concerned about the
appropriateness of a topic may communicate with the conference chairs prior to

As explained below, CAV 2017 will follow a lightweight double-blind review
process.  Submissions that are not “blinded” will be rejected without review. 
Simultaneous submission to other conferences with proceedings or submission of
material that has already been published elsewhere is not allowed.  The review
process will include a feedback/rebuttal period where authors will have the
option to respond to reviewer comments.  The PC chairs may solicit further
reviews after the rebuttal period.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format here

Submissions will be in two categories: Regular Papers and Tool Papers.

Regular Papers

Regular Papers should not exceed 16 pages in LNCS format, not counting
references and appendices.  Authors can include a clearly marked appendix at
the end of their submissions, that is exempt from the page limit restrictions.
However, the reviewers are not obliged to read the contents of these
appendices.  These papers should contain original research and sufficient
detail to assess the merits and relevance of the contribution.  Papers will be
evaluated on basis of a combination of correctness, technical depth,
significance, novelty, clarity, and elegance. We welcome papers on theory, case
studies, and comparisons with existing experimental research, as well as
combinations of new theory with experimental evaluation.  A strong theoretical
paper is not required to have an experimental component.  On the other hand,
strong papers reproducing and comparing existing results experimentally do not
require new theoretical insights.

We encourage authors to provide any supplementary material that is required to
support the claims made in the paper, such as detailed proofs or experimental
data.  These materials should be uploaded at submission time, as a single pdf
or a tarball, not via a URL.  It will be made available to reviewers only after
they have submitted their first-draft reviews and hence need not be
anonymized.  Reviewers are under no obligation to look at the supplementary
material but may refer to it if they have questions about the material in the
body of the paper.

Tool Papers

Tool Papers should not exceed 6 pages, not counting references.  These papers
should describe system and implementation aspects of a tool with a large
(potential) user base (experiments not required, rehash of theory strongly
discouraged).  Papers describing tools that have already been presented (in any
conference) will be accepted only if significant and clear enhancements to the
tool are reported and implemented.  Note that tool papers require the
submission of an artifact for evaluation by the submission deadline.  Artifacts
will be evaluated concurrently with the review process and the program
committee will have access to the artifact evaluation while making their
decision.  In special cases, where an artifact cannot be submitted, the authors
should contact the program chairs to find alternate modes of artifact

Lightweight Double-Blind Reviewing Process
CAV 2017 will employ a lightweight double-blind reviewing process. This means
that committee members will not have access to authors’ names or affiliations
as they review a paper; however, authors’ names will be revealed once reviews
have been submitted.

To facilitate this, submitted papers must adhere to two rules:
Author names and institutions must be omitted, and references to authors’ own
related work should be in the third person (e.g., not “We build on our previous
work…” but rather “We build on the work of …”).

The purpose of this process is to help the PC and external reviewers come to an
initial judgement about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for
them to discover the authors if they were to try.  Nothing should be done in
the name of anonymity that weakens the submission, makes the job of reviewing
the paper more difficult, or interferes with the process of disseminating new
ideas. For example, important background references should *not* be omitted or
anonymized, even if they are written by the same authors and share common
ideas, techniques, or infrastructure.  Authors should feel free to disseminate
their ideas or draft versions of their paper as they normally would.  For
instance, authors may post drafts of their papers on the web or give talks on
their research ideas.

Artifact Submission and Evaluation

Authors of accepted regular papers will be invited to submit (but are not
required to submit) the relevant artifact for evaluation by the artifact
evaluation committee.

Authors of all tool papers are required to submit their artifact to the
artifact evaluation committee at the paper submission time. Unlike regular
papers, the results of the artifact evaluation for tool papers will be
available to the program committee during the online discussions.

To submit an artifact, please prepare a virtual machine (VM) image of your
artifact and keep it accessible through an HTTP link throughout the evaluation
process. As the basis of the VM image, please choose commonly used OS versions
that have been tested with the virtual machine software and that evaluators are
likely to be accustomed to. We encourage you to use https://www.virtualbox.org
and save the VM image as an Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) file. Please include
the prepared link in the appropriate field of the paper submission form.

In addition, please supply at submission time a link to a short plain-text file
describing the OS and parameters of the image, as well as the host platform on
which you prepared and tested your virtual machine image (OS, RAM, number of
cores, CPU frequency). Please describe how to proceed after booting the image,
including the instructions for locating the full documentation for evaluating
the artifact.

If you are not in a position to prepare the artifact as above, please contact
PC chairs for an alternative arrangement.

It is to the advantage of authors to prepare an artifact that is easy to
evaluate by the artifact evaluation committee and that yields expected results.
We next provide some guidelines.  Document in detail how to reproduce most of
the experimental results of the paper using the artifact; keep this process
simple through easy-to-use scripts and provide detailed documentation assuming
minimum expertise of users. Ensure the artifact is in the state ready to run.
It should work without a network connection. It should not require the user to
install additional software before running. It should use reasonably modest
resources (RAM, number of cores), so that the results can be reproduced on
various hardware platforms including laptops. The evaluation should take
reasonable amount of time to complete. When possible include source code within
your virtual machine image and point to the most relevant and interesting parts
of the source code tree.

Members of the artifact evaluation committee and the program committee are
asked to use submitted artifact for the sole purpose of evaluating the
contribution associated with the artifact.

Invited speakers

* Chris Hawblitzel, Microsoft Research:Chris Hawblitzel, Microsoft Research
  Fast verification of fast cryptography for secure sockets

* Marta Kwiatkowska, OxfordMarta Kwiatkowska, Oxford

* Viktor Vafeiadis, MPI-SWSViktor Vafeiadis, MPI-SWS
  Formal reasoning under weak memory consistency


Conference co-chairs
Viktor Kuncak, EPFL, Switzerland
Rupak Majumdar, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany

Workshop Chair
Eva Darulová, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany

Sponsorship Chair
Barbara Jobstmann, EPFL and Cadence

CAV Fellowship Chair
Thomas Wahl, Northeastern University

Publicity Chair
Mikaël Mayer, EPFL

CAV Award Committee
Tom Ball  (Chair), Microsoft research
Kim G. Larsen, Aalborg University
Natarajan Shankar, SRI International
Pierre Wolper, Liege University

Program Committee
Aws Albarghouthi
Christel Baier
Per Bjesse
Jasmin Blanchette
Sergiy Bogomolov
Ahmed Bouajjani
Rohit Chadha
Bor-Yuh Evan Chang
Swarat Chaudhuri
Wei-Ngan Chin
Hana Chockler
Alessandro Cimatti
Isil Dilig
Dino Distefano
Cezara Dragoi
Michael Emmi
Javier Esparza
Georgios Fainekos
Azadeh Farzan
Aarti Gupta
Gerard Holzmann
Marieke Huisman
Radu Iosif
Franjo Ivancic
Stefan Kiefer
Zachary Kincaid
Barbara König
Daniel Kröning
Viktor Kuncak(Co-chair)
Rustan Leino
Rupak Majumdar (Co-chair)
Kenneth McMillan
Alexander Nadel
Madhusudan Parthasarathy
Corina Pasareanu
Nadia Polikarpova
Pavithra Prabhakar
Arjun Radhakrishna
Zvonimir Rakamaric
Andrey Rybalchenko
Roopsha Samanta
Rahul Sharma
Anna Slobodova
Ana Sokolova
Fabio Somenzi
Zhendong Su
Serdar Tasiran
Emina Torlak
Willem Visser
Mahesh Viswanathan
Yakir Vizel
Tomas Vojnar
Thomas Wahl
Bow-Yaw Wang
Georg Weissenbacher
Verena Wolf
Lenore Zuck
Damien Zufferey

Steering Committee
Orna Grumberg, Technion, Israel
Aarti Gupta, Princeton University, USA
Daniel Kroening, University of Oxford, UK
Kenneth McMillan, Microsoft Research, USA

Artifact Evaluation Committee
Ayca Balkan, UCLA
Stephanie Balzer, CMU
James Bornholt, University of Washington
Simon Cruanes, INRIA Nancy
Matthias Dangl University of Passau
Marko Doko, MPI-SWS
Chuchu Fan, UIUC
Pietro Ferrara, Julia
Johannes Hoelzl, TU Munich
Lars Hupel, TU Munich
Swen Jacobs, Saarland University
Moa Johansson, Chalmers
Dejan Jovanovic, SRI
Ralf Jung, MPI-SWS
Ivan Kuraj, MIT
Andreas Lochbihler, ETH Zurich
Jose Morales, IMDEA
Van Chan Ngo, CMU
Zvonimir Pavlinovic, NYU
Markus Rabe, UC Berkeley
Mukund Raghothaman, UPenn
Andrew Reynolds, University of Iowa
Nima Roohi, UIUC
Christian Schilling, University of Freiburg
Muralidaran Vijayaraghavan, MIT
Nicolas Voirol, EPFL


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