AI4FM / 2015

Colocated with AVoCS'15, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1st September 2015

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 1st August, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 10th August, 2015
  • Final version due: 21st August, 2015
  • Workshop: 1st September, 2015


The 6th International Workshop on the use of AI in Formal Methods (AI4FM 2015) will be held on the 1st of September, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The AI4FM workshops bring together researchers from formal methods, automated reasoning and AI; aiming to address the issue of how AI can be used to support the formal software development process, including requirement analysis, modelling and proof. The workshops include a mix of industrial and academic participants and we anticipate attracting a similarly diverse audience in AI4FM 2015.

We invite 3-page short contributions (extended abstracts) presenting work in the areas of automated reasoning, formal methods and artificial intelligence. The authors can submit work in progress, tools under development, and PhD projects to facilitate and benefit from the active dialog between the groups involved in these research areas.

Invited speaker

J Strother Moore (University of Texas at Austin, US) will be giving an invited talk at AI4FM 2015.

Topics of interest

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 2015 to another workshop, conference or a journal. Presentations of work in progress, tools under development, and PhD projects are also encouraged.

The scope of the workshop covers the research in automated reasoning, formal methods and artificial intelligence. Particular topics 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.
  • Novel ideas on how to use AI (e.g. machine learning, pattern recognition) in proof automation.
  • Use of cloud elasticity for: scalability on large scale developments, proof/lemma exploration.
  • Techniques for bridging the development to maintenance gap.

The workshop series was spurred by the AI4FM research project at Newcastle, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities, which has come to its official end. To take the workshop into the future, we would particularly encourage the submission of position papers on new ideas or research directions for the use of AI techniques in the proof discovery process as well as in modelling best practices.


Submission is by email to:

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.

Student grants

Thanks to sponsorships from Altran, FME, and SICSA we can offer financial support for a limited number of students registering for AVoCS in the form of a registration fee waiver (full or partial, registration covers the AI4FM workshop in addition to AVoCS). As this is limited, we ask the students that would like to take the advantage of this support to submit a short application.

The details on how to apply are available on the AVoCS website.


  • Leo Freitas (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Andrius Velykis (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Gudmund Grov (Heriot-Watt University, UK)

If you have any queries, please email the organisers at the following e-mail address: