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Call for Workshops

The ABZ conference is dedicated to the cross-fertilization of six related state-based and machine-based formal methods, Abstract State Machines (ASM), Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z, that share a common conceptual foundation and are widely used in both academia and industry for the design and analysis of hardware and software systems. It builds on the success of the first ABZ conference held in London in 2008, where the ASM, B and Z conference series merged into a single event, the second ABZ 2010 conference held in Orford (Canada), where the Alloy community joined the event, the ABZ 2012 held in Pisa (Italy), which saw the inclusion of the VDM community, and ABZ 2014 held in Toulouse (France), which brought the inclusion of the TLA community into the ABZ conference series. The ABZ 2016 conference will be held in Linz, Austria.

Contributions are solicited on all aspects of the theory and applications of ASMs, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, Z approaches in software/hardware engineering, including the development of tools and industrial applications. The program spans from theoretical and methodological foundations to practical applications, emphasizing system engineering methods and tools that are distinguished by mathematical rigor and have proved to be industrially viable. The main goal of the conference is to contribute to the integration of accurate state- and machine-based system development methods, clarifying their commonalities and differences to better understand how to combine different approaches for accomplishing the various tasks in modeling, experimental validation, mathematical verification of reliable high-quality hardware/software systems.

Although organized to host several formal methods with ASM, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z, in a single event, editorial control of the joint conference is vested in one integrated program committee, which will respectively determine its ASM, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z content, to be presented in parallel conference tracks with a schedule to allow the participants to switch between the sessions.

Journal Special Issues

It is planned that an improved version of a selected number of contributions will be published in a special issue of the journal Science of Computer Programming for the research papers and in a special issue of the Software Tools and Technology Transfer journal for the answers to case study papers (to be confirmed).

Workshop Proposals

Workshops and tutorials will be associated to the main event ABZ. Proposals are solicited in areas related to the conference topics. Workshop proposal should be sent to the workshop chairs.

The deadline for submissions is October 16, 2015. Notifications will be sent by November 6, 2015.

Workshop Chairs

ABZ 2016 is co-organized by:

SCCH Software Competence Center Hagenberg

Software Compentence Center

For questions concerning ABZ 2016, contact Klaus-Dieter SCHEWE ().