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Formal Aspects of Computing

Formal Aspects of Computing

Applicable Formal Methods

Chief Editor: James Woodcock

ISSN: 0934-5043 (print version)
ISSN: 1433-299X (electronic version)

Journal no. 165

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Prof. J. C. P. Woodcock
Department of Computer Science,
University of York,
Heslington, York,
YO10 5GH, UK
email: jim.woodcock@york.ac.uk

Associate Editor

Dr. D. J. Cooke
Department of Computer Science,
Loughborough University,
Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK
email: D.J.Cooke@lboro.ac.uk

North American Editor

Prof. J. M. Wing
550 W. 120th St. MC 4720,
1401 Northwest Corner,
Columbia University,
New York,
NY 10027, USA
email: wing@columbia.edu

Founding Editor

Prof. C. B. Jones
Department of Computing Science,
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne,
email: Cliff.Jones@ncl.ac.uk

Book Review Editor

Prof. D. Mery            
LORIA, Université de Lorraine,
Campus Scientifique, BP 70239, F-54506
Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
email: dominique.mery@loria.fr

Editorial Advisor

Prof. M. Broy
Institut für Informatik,
Technische Universität München,
Lehrstuhl IV, Boltzmannst. 3,
Garching bei München, Germany
email: broy@in.tum.de

Editorial Board

Prof. D. Bjorner
Technical Univ. of Denmark, Denmark
email: bjorner@gmail.com
(Domain modelling techniques; Domain-based requirements modelling techniques)

Prof. E. Boiten
School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK
email: eerke.boiten@dmu.ac.uk
(State-based specification languages (Z, B, ...); Refinement; Integrated formal methods; Formal methods in security; Formal methods in cryptography; Viewpoint specification)

Prof. M. J. Butler
School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
email: mjb@ecs.soton.ac.uk
(Requirements; Formal specification; Refinement, Design verification; Theorem proving, Model checking; Formal tools; Semantics)

Dr. A. Butterfield
School of Computer Science and Statistics O'Reilly Institute Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
email: Andrew.Butterfield@scss.tcd.ie
(Unifying theories of programming (esp. CSP/Circus related matters, including priority,
probability); Formal aspects of the hardware/software interface; Theorem Prover development;
Developing expertise/interest in formal verification of separation kernels, and potential tools
(Isabelle/HOL, Frama-C, ...); Semantics and use of functional programming languages)

Prof. Ana Cavalcanti
Department of Computer Science, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
email: Ana.Cavalcanti@york.ac.uk
(Refinement, Integrated formal methods, Process algebra, Real-time programming, Cyber-physical systems, Formal testing)

Dr. E. Denney
m/s 269-2, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
email: ewen.w.denney@nasa.gov
(Safety cases; Program generation; Theorem proving, Semantics; Refinement)

Dr. Jin Song Dong
Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117543
email: dongjs@comp.nus.edu.sg
(Model checking; Real-time system verification; probabilistic reasoning; Z; Alloy; CSP)

Prof. D.J. Duke
School of Computing, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
email: D.J.Duke@leeds.ac.uk
(Formal methods in human-computer interaction; Visualization; Graphics; Functional programming)

Prof. X. Feng
Dept. of Computer Science, Nanjing University, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210023, China
email:  xinyu.feng@gmail.com
(Formal program verification; Hoare logic; Separation logic; Rely-Guarantee reasoning; Shared-Memory concurrency; Proof assistants and mechanized verification; Proof-Carrying code; Semantics of programming languages)

Prof. M.-C. Gaudel
LRI, University Paris-Sud PCRI , Batiment 650 91405, Orsay cedex, France
email: Marie-Claude.Gaudel@lri.fr
(Formal methods; Software specification; Specification-based testing; Testing strategies)

Prof. A. Haxthausen
Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark, Richard Petersens Plads, Building 324,  DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
email: aeha@dtu.dk
(Specification languages and their semantics, formal modelling and verification of railway control systems; Model checking)

Prof. I. J. Hayes
Department of Computer Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
email: Ian.Hayes@uq.edu.au
(Reasoning about concurrent and real-time programs; Program derivation and refinement; Model-based specification)

Prof. R. M. Hierons
Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield , Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK
email: r.hierons@sheffield.ac.uk
(Testing from formal specifications; Model-based testing; Program slicing)

Prof. S. Honiden
National Institute of Informatics (NII), 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1018430, Japan
email: honiden@nii.ac.jp
(Software engineering for self-adaptive systems)

Prof. He Jifeng
Software Engineering Institue, East China Normal University, 3663 Zhongshan Road (North), Shanghai, 200062, China
email: jifeng@sei.ecnu.edu.cn
(Cyber physical systems; Hybrid modeling techniques​; Simulation and verification of design stage, Coordination and collaboration of distributed systems)

Prof. G. Klein
Data61, CSIRO and University of South Wales, Locked Bag 6016, Sydney NSW 1466, Australia
email: gerwin.klein@nicta.com.au
(Interactive theorem proving; Program verification; C code verification; Programming language semantics; Proof engineering; Formal methods)

Prof. D. Kroening
Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QD, UK
email: kroening@cs.ox.ac.uk
(Automated verification of hardware and software; Semantics of programming languages; Concurrency)

Dr. C. J. P. de Lucena
Pontifica Universidade Catholica do Rio de Janeiro, PUCRJ, Departmento de Informatica, Rue Marques de Sao Vicente 225, Gavea, Rio de Janeiro CEP, 22453, Brazil
email: lucena@inf.puc-rio.br
(Formal specification of software systems; Model checking; Foundations of software design; Formal aspects of software engineering of multiagent systems)

Prof. U. H. M. Martin
Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford Wolfson Building Parks Road OXFORD, OX1 3QD, UK
email: Ursula.Martin@maths.ox.ac.uk
(Computational logic; Applied formal methods; Computer algebra)

Prof. D. A. Naumann
Department of Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ 07030, USA
email: naumann@cs.stevens.edu
(Formal semantics; Logics of programming; Refinement; Information flow analysis)

Prof. J. Nuno Oliveira
Departmento de Informática/HASLab, Universidade do Minho/INESC TEC, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
email: jno@di.uminho.pt
(Relational specification methods; Quantitative formal methods; Program calculation)

Prof. J. Parrow
Department of Information Technology, University of Uppsala, Box 337, 751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
email: joachim.parrow@it.uu.se
(Process calculi; Concurrency; Bisimulation)

Prof. A. Sampaio
Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Jornalista Anibal Fernandes, s/n - Cidade Universitária, 50.740-560 - Recife - PE, Brazil
email: acas@cin.ufpe.br
(Process algebras (particularly, CSP); Compositional analysis techniques; Formal (and semi-formal) methods integration; Formal approaches to software testing; Algebraic approaches to model and program transformation)

Dr. G. Schellhorn
University of Augsburg, Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISSE), Universitaetsstrasse 6a, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
email: schellhorn@informatik.uni-augsburg.de
(Refinement theory; Software correctness; Interactive verification; Logics for programs; Verification of concurrent algorithms)

Prof. J. V. Tucker

Department of Computer Science, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
email: J.V.Tucker@swansea.ac.uk
(Modelling data types; Computability; Algebraic specifications; Formal methods for surveillance, trust and privacy; Specifying physical systems; History of formal methods)

Prof. H. Wehrheim
Department of Computer Science, University of Paderborn, Warburger Str. 100. D-33098, Paderborn, Germany
email: wehrheim@uni-paderborn.de
(Z, B, process algebras; Refinement; Simulation; Verification; Program analysis; Concurrency)

Prof. N. Zhan
State Key Lab. of Computer Science, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 4, South Fourth Street, Zhong Guan Cun, Beijing, 100190, P.R. China
email:  znj@ios.ac.cn
(Formal techniques for the design of real-time ,hybrid and embedded systems; Program verification; Modal and temporal logics; Concurrent computation models; Semantic foundations of component and object systems)

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    This journal aims to publish contributions at the junction of theory and practice.  The objective is to disseminate applicable research.  Thus new theoretical contributions are welcome where they are motivated by potential application; applications of existing formalisms are of interest if they show something novel about the approach or application.

    The term "formal methods" has been applied to a range of notations, theories and tools.  There is no doubt that some of these have already had a significant impact on practical applications of computing.  Indeed, it is interesting to note that once something is adopted into practical use it is no longer thought of as a formal method.  Apart from widely used notations such as those for syntax and state machines, there have been significant applications of specification notations, development methods and tools both for proving general results and for searching for specific conditions.  However, the most profound and lasting influence of the formal approach is the way it has illuminated fundamental concepts like those of communication.

    In this spirit, the principal aim of this journal is to promote the growth of computing science, to show its relation to practice and to stimulate applications of apposite formalisms to practical problems.  One significant challenge is to show how a range of formal models can be related to each other.

    In particular, the scope of Formal Aspects of Computing includes,
    • well-founded notations for the description of systems
    • verifiable design methods
    • elucidation of fundamental computational concepts
    • approaches to fault-tolerant design
    • theorem-proving support
    • state-exploration tools
    • formal underpinning of widely used notations and methods
    • formal approaches to requirements analysis

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