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The 10th NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2018)

30 Years of Formal Methods at NASA

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 both spacecraft and 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.

The meeting will be comprised of invited talks by leading researchers and practitioners, a panel discussion on the current status of formal methods, and more specialized talks based on contributed papers.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submissions on cross-cutting approaches that bring together formal methods and techniques from other domains such as probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, control theory, robotics, and quantum computing among others.

  • Formal verification, including theorem proving, model checking, and static analysis
  • Advances in automated theorem proving including SAT and SMT solving
  • Use of formal methods in software and system testing
  • Run-time verification
  • Techniques and algorithms for scaling formal methods, such as abstraction and symbolic methods, compositional techniques, as well as parallel and/or distributed techniques
  • Code generation from formally verified models
  • Safety cases and system safety
  • Formal approaches to fault tolerance
  • Theoretical advances and empirical evaluations of formal methods techniques for safety-critical systems, including hybrid and embedded systems
  • Formal methods in systems engineering and model-based development

Program Committee

  • Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Mauricio Ayala-Rincon, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
  • Julia Badger, NASA, USA
  • Dirk Beyer, LMU Munich, Germany
  • Nikolaj Bjorner, Microsoft, USA
  • Jasmin Blanchette, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Sylvie Boldo, Inria, France
  • Kalou Cabrera Castillos, LAAS-CNRS, France
  • Misty Davies, NASA, USA
  • Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE, France
  • Stefania Gnesi, ISTI, Italy
  • Alberto Griggio, FBK, Itlaly
  • George Hagen, NASA, USA
  • John Harrison, Intel, USA
  • Klaus Havelund, JPL/NASA, USA
  • Ashlie Hocking, Dependable Computing, USA
  • Susmit Jha, SRI International, USA
  • Rajeev Joshi, JPL/NASA, USA
  • Laura Kovacs, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
  • Natasha Neogi, NASA, USA
  • Lee Pike, USA
  • Murali Rangarajan, Boeing, USA
  • Elvinia Riccobene, University of Milan, Italy
  • Camilo Rocha, Universidad Javeriana de Cali, Colombia
  • Kristin Yvonne Rozier, Iowa State University, USA
  • Sriram Sankaranarayanan, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Johann Schumann, SGT, USA
  • Konrad Slind, Rockwell Collins, USA
  • Cesare Tinelli, University of Iowa, USA
  • Laura Titolo, National Institute of Aerospace, USA
  • Christoph Torens, DLR, Germany
  • Michael Whalen, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Virginie Wiels, ONERA, France


  • Conference Chair: Anthony Narkawicz (NASA)
  • Program Committee Chairs: Aaron Dutle (NASA) and Cesar Munoz (NASA)


NFM2018 is being organized by the NASA Langley Formal Methods Team, which is celebrating 30 years of existence.

The symposium will be held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in the vibrant city of Newport News, Virginia, USA. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A group rate to attend NFM2018 is available at the Newport News Marriot until March 16, 2018.

There will be no registration fee charged to participants. However, all attendees must register in order to participate.


Email: nfm2018 [at] easychair [dot] org

Event Details
Newport News, VA