VSTTE 2021 13th Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools, and Experiments

October 18-19 2021
Co-located with Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design 2021 (FMCAD 2021)  

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News: VSTTE 2021 will take place as a hybrid meeting.

The goal of the VSTTE conference series is to advance the state of the art in the science and technology of software verification, through the interaction of theory development, tool evolution, and experimental validation. The Verified Software Initiative (VSI), spearheaded by Tony Hoare and Jayadev Misra, is an ambitious research program for making large-scale verified software a practical reality. The Working Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools and Experiments (VSTTE) is the main forum for advancing the initiative. VSTTE brings together experts spanning the spectrum of software verification in order to foster international collaboration on the critical research challenges. The theoretical work includes semantic foundations and logics for specification and verification, and verification algorithms and methodologies. The tools cover specification and annotation languages, program analyzers, model checkers, interactive verifiers and proof checkers, automated theorem provers and SAT/SMT solvers, and integrated verification environments. The experimental work drives the research agenda for theory and tools by taking on significant specification/verification exercises covering hardware, operating systems, compilers, computer security, parallel computing, and cyber-physical systems. The 2021 edition of VSTTE will be the 13th working conference in the series, and will be co-located with FMCAD 2021 at the Yale University, Connecticut, USA. We welcome submissions describing significant advances in the production of verified software, i.e., software that has been proved to meet its functional specifications. Submissions of theoretical, practical, and experimental contributions are equally encouraged, including those that focus on specific problems or problem domains. We are especially interested in submissions describing large-scale verification efforts that involve collaboration, theory unification, tool integration, and formalized domain knowledge. We also welcome papers describing novel experiments and case studies evaluating verification techniques and technologies. Topics of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to, education, requirements modeling, specification languages, specification/verification/certification case studies, formal calculi, software design methods, automatic code generation, refinement methodologies, compositional analysis, verification tools (e.g., static analysis, dynamic analysis, model checking, theorem proving, satisfiability), tool integration, benchmarks, challenge problems, and integrated verification environments. Work on diverse verification technologies, e.g., static analysis, dynamic analysis, model checking, theorem proving, satisfiability, is particularly encouraged.

Paper Submissions

VSTTE 2021 will accept both long (limited to 16 pages, excluding references) and short (limited to 10 pages, excluding references) paper submissions. Short submissions also cover Verification Pearls describing an elegant proof or proof technique. Submitted research papers and system descriptions must be original and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions of theoretical, practical, and experimental contributions are equally encouraged, including those that focus on specific problems or problem domains. Papers will be submitted via EasyChair. Submissions that arrive late, are not in the proper format, or are too long will not be considered. The post-conference proceedings of VSTTE 2021 will be published by Springer-Verlag in the LNCS series. Authors of accepted papers will be requested to sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to Springer-Verlag. The use of LaTeX and the Springer LNCS class files is strongly encouraged.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission:  July 10, 2021 (AoE)
  • Paper submission:  July 17, 2021 (AoE)
  • Notification of presentation acceptance:  September 1, 2021
  • Final Paper submission: September 15, 2021 (AoE)
  • Camera-ready for post-conference proceedings: (TBA)


Registration to VSTTE is part of the FMCAD 2021 process.

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