Call for Papers

Important Dates

- Workshop proposal submission deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020
- Workshop proposal notification: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
- Abstract submission deadline: Monday, April 27, 2020
- Paper submission deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020
- NEW Abstract submission deadline: Sunday, May 24, 2020
- NEW Paper submission deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020
- Paper notification: Friday, July 10, 2020
- Camera ready: Monday, July 20, 2020
- Conference
Workshops: September 14-15, 2020
SEFM: September 16-17, 2020

Overview and scope

SEFM aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government, to advance the state of the art in formal methods, to facilitate their uptake in the software industry, and to encourage their integration within practical software engineering methods and tools. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of software engineering and formal methods:

Software Development Methods
  • Formal modeling, specification, and design
  • Software evolution, maintenance, re-engineering, and reuse
Design Principles
  • Programming languages
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Type theory
  • Abstraction and refinement
Software Testing, Validation, and Verification
  • Model checking, theorem proving, and decision procedures
  • Testing and runtime verification
  • Statistical and probabilistic analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Performance estimation and analysis of other non-functional properties
  • Other light-weight and scalable formal methods# Security and Safety
  • Security, privacy, and trust
  • Safety-critical, fault-tolerant, and secure systems
  • Software certification
Applications and Technology Transfer
  • Service-oriented and cloud computing systems, Internet of Things
  • Component, object, multi-agent and self-adaptive systems
  • Real-time, hybrid, and cyber-physical systems
  • Intelligent systems and machine learning
  • HCI, interactive systems, and human error analysis
  • Education
Case studies, best practices, and experience reports

Paper submission

We solicit two categories of papers:

  • Regular papers describing original research results, case studies, or surveys. Regular papers should not exceed 15 pages, excluding bibliography.
  • Tool papers that describe an operational tool and its contributions. Tool papers should not exceed 6 pages (including bibliography) and should include the URL of the tool.

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere. Paper submission is done via EasyChair Papers must be formatted according to the guidelines for Springer LNCS papers.


All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of the conference that will be published as a volume in the Formal Methods sublime of the Springer's LNCS series.

The authors of a selected subset of accepted papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a journal special issue.

Program co-chairs

Frank de Boer (CWI, The Netherlands)

Antonio Cerone (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)