AI4FM / 2014

A satellite workshop of FM 2014, Singapore, 13th May 2014

This workshop will bring together researchers from formal methods, automated reasoning and AI; it will address the issue of how AI can be used to support the formal software development process, including requirement analysis, modelling and proof. Previous AI4FM workshops have included a mix of industrial and academic participants and we anticipate attracting a similarly diverse audience. Rigorous software development using formal methods allows the construction of an accurate characterisation of a problem domain that is firmly based on mathematics; by applying standard mathematical analyses, these methods can be used to prove that systems satisfy formal specifications. Research has shown that with tools backed by mature theory, formal methods are becoming cost effective and their use is easier to justify, not as an academic exercise, legal requirement or niche markets -- but as part of a business case. However, while industrial use of formal methods is increasing, in order to make it more mainstream, the cost of applying formal methods, in terms of mathematical skill level and development time, must still be reduced. We believe that AI can help with these issues.

Scope

We encourage submissions presenting work in progress, tools under development, and PhD projects, in order that the workshop can become a forum for active dialogue between the groups involved in automated reasoning, formal methods and artificial intelligence. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • The use of AI and automated reasoning to support and guide the formal modelling process.
  • The use of AI and automated reasoning in the requirement capture process.
  • The use of AI to reuse formal models, programs and proofs.
  • The use of machine learning to support interactive theorem proving.
  • The use of machine learning to enhance automated theorem proving.
  • The development of search heuristics.
  • The use of AI for term synthesis, invariant generation, lemma discovery and concept invention.
  • The use of AI for counter-example generation.
  • The use of constraint solvers in formal methods.
  • The role of AI planning for formal systems developments, from requirements to the end product (including software and hardware).
  • The interplay between reasoning and modelling and the role of AI in this framework.
  • Ontologies in the formal engineering process.

History

This will be the fifth workshop in a series.Previous workshops were held at:

Submission

The main aim for the workshop is discussion, thus submissions do not need to be original. Extended versions of submissions may have been published previously, or submitted concurrently with or after AI4FM 2014 to another workshop, conference or a journal.

Submission is by email to: ai4fm2014@ai4fm.org

Please submit an abstract up to 3 pages in a PDF format. The extended abstracts will be handed out to all participants, and will be made into a technical report prior to the workshop.

Acceptance for presentation at the workshop will be made by the organisers based on relevance to the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 15, 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: March 22, 2014
  • Final version due: April 22, 2014
  • Workshop: May 13th, 2014