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The 9th NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2017)

May 16 - 18, 2017 | NASA Ames Research Center - Moffett Field, CA, USA |

Theme of the Symposium

The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry require advanced techniques that address these systems' specification, design, verification, validation, and certification requirements. The NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM) is a forum to foster collaboration between theoreticians and practitioners from NASA, academia, and industry. NFM's goals are to identify challenges and to provide solutions for achieving assurance for such critical systems.

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous software for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), advanced separation assurance algorithms for aircraft, and the need for system-wide fault detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new challenges for system specification, development, and verification approaches. Similar challenges need to be addressed during development and deployment of on-board software for spacecraft ranging from small and inexpensive CubeSat systems to manned spacecraft like Orion, as well as for ground systems.

The focus of the symposium will be on formal techniques and other approaches for software assurance, including their theory, current capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential application to aerospace, robotics, and other NASA-relevant safety-critical systems during all stages of the software life-cycle.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Model checking
  • Theorem proving
  • SAT and SMT solving
  • Symbolic execution
  • Static analysis
  • Model-based development
  • Runtime verification
  • Software and system testing
  • Safety assurance
  • Fault tolerance
  • Compositional verification
  • Security and intrusion detection
  • Design for verification and correct-by-design techniques
  • Techniques for scaling formal methods
  • Formal methods for multi-core, GPU-based implementations
  • Applications of formal methods in the development of:
    • autonomous systems
    • safety-critical artificial intelligence systems
    • cyber-physical, embedded, and hybrid systems
    • fault-detection, diagnostics, and prognostics systems
  • Use of formal methods in:
    • assurance cases
    • human-machine interaction analysis
    • requirements generation, specification, and validation
    • automated testing and verification

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: November 28, 2016
  • Paper Submission: December 5, 2016
  • Paper notification: February 3, 2017
  • Camera Ready Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Symposium: May 16-18, 2017


The symposium will take place at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA.

Registration is required but is free of charge.

Submission Details

There are two categories of submissions:

  1. Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results (maximum 15 pages)
  2. Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with preliminary results (maximum 6 pages)

All papers must be in English and describe original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere. All submissions will be fully reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.

Papers will appear in a volume of Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Event Details
Moffett Field, CA