FME Fellowship Awarded to Prof. Dines Bjørner

Prof. Dines Bjørner, professor emeritus of computer science at the Technical University of Denmark (DK), has been awarded the FME Fellowship 2021. The Fellowships are awarded every three years in recognition of technical breakthroughs and pioneering work in advancing, applying, and promoting mathematically rigorous methods for the design of computing systems.

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CfP FormaliSE 2022

Call for Papers
FORMALISE 2022

9th International Conference on Formal Methods in Software Engineering
co-located with ICSE 2022

22-23 May 2022, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.formalise.org

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Book review: Modelling and Verification of Secure Exams

Rosario Giustolisi: Modelling and Verification of Secure Exams

Springer, 2018, 133 pages, ISBN 978-3-319-67106-2
https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319671062

Summary

Exams are an important aspect in assessing people’s skills and as such play a key role to establish meritocracy in modern societies. To be effective, however, exams need to be fair and secure against tampering, which is where Rosario Giustolisi’s book “Modelling and Verification of Secure Exams'' [5] comes to the rescue. Over 133 pages, the book describes the different aspects of exams in detail and identifies various security-related requirements for them. Moreover, the book describes how to formally model an exam using the applied pi-calculus and how to verify security requirements for it using the ProVerif verifier. Finally, the book presents the outcome of modelling and analysing three popular example protocols. This book might be of interest to everyone who wants to learn more about the nature of exams in general, and in particular about how to model and verify them. To fully appreciate the book, however, some familiarity with the applied pi-calculus and in particular the ProVerif verifier is necessary.

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Tutorial Series of the FME Teaching Committee

FME’s Teaching Committee is launching a new tutorial series, planned to be held monthly. We aim to increase the awareness and sharing of tools and techniques used for teaching formal methods. The tutorial will be held online via zoom.

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FME Annual General Meeting 2021

The Annual General Meeting of FME will take place online, May 6 2021.

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FM 2022/23: Call for Organisers

Call for Proposals
FM 2022/23: 25th International Symposium on Formal Methods
Autumn 2022/Spring 2023

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70th FME Meeting, 10 December 2020

The 70th Business Meeting of FME will take place December 10, 2020.

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CAVlinks

CAVlinks is a platform for students and researchers interested in computer-aided verification. The website aims to be an entry point for new students by presenting links to introductory and advanced study material in the areas relevant to CAV (e.g. logics, theoretical CS, and formal methods), by pointing to interesting events (e.g. workshops, student forums, conferences maintained in a public calendar), and by advertising mentoring possibilities.

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Book review: Logical Analysis of Hybrid Systems

André Platzer: Logical Analysis of Hybrid Systems

Springer, 2010, 426 pages, ISBN 978-3-642-14508-7
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-14509-4

Summary

This is an extensive book on deductive methods for hybrid systems’ verification, rooted in dynamic logic. The author develops both formal specification languages for hybrid systems and automated verification techniques based on them. The main focus is on the theoretical aspects of the approach, but implementation issues are also widely addressed, and a functioning tool is presented at the end of the book. It presents a powerful formalism for the specification and verification of hybrid systems, with a strong practical impact.

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New Survey Papers on Formal Methods

Two new survey papers offer complementary perspectives on the state of formal methods in 2020.

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