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                      CALL FOR PAPERS: TACAS 2007

                 Thirteenth International Conference on
    Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems

                       www.doc.ic.ac.uk/tacas07/

       Part of ETAPS 2007, March 24 - April 1, 2007, Braga, Portugal

IMPORTANT DATES

* 6 Oct 2006: Submission deadline (strict) for abstracts of research and tool
   demonstration papers
* 13 Oct 2006: Submission deadline (strict) for full versions of research and
   tool demonstration papers
* 8 Dec 2006: Notification of acceptance
* 5 Jan 2007: Camera-ready versions due

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

   TACAS is a forum for researchers, developers and users interested in
rigorously based tools and algorithms for the construction and analysis
of systems. The conference serves to bridge the gaps between different
communities that share common interests in, and techniques for, tool
development and its algorithmic foundations. The research areas covered
by such communities include but are not limited to formal methods, software
and hardware verification, static analysis, programming languages, software
engineering, real-time systems, communications protocols, and biological
systems. The TACAS forum provides a venue for such communities at which
common problems, heuristics, algorithms, data structures and methodologies
can be discussed and explored. In doing so, TACAS aims to support researchers
in their quest to improve the utility, reliability, flexibility and efficiency
of tools and algorithms for building systems.

   Tool descriptions and case studies with a conceptual message, as well as
theoretical papers with clear relevance for tool construction are all
encouraged. The specific topics covered by the conference include, but
are not limited to, the following:

* Specification and verification techniques for finite and
   infinite-state systems
* Software and hardware verification
* Theorem-proving and model-checking
* System construction and transformation techniques
* Static and run-time analysis
* Abstraction techniques for modeling and validation
* Compositional and refinement-based methodologies
* Testing and test-case generation
* Analytical techniques for secure, real-time, hybrid, critical,
   biological or dependable systems
* Integration of formal methods and static analysis in high-level
   hardware design or software environments
* Tool environments and tool architectures
* SAT solvers
* Applications and case studies

   As TACAS addresses a heterogeneous audience, potential authors are strongly
encouraged to write about their ideas and findings in general and jargon-
independent, rather than in application- and domain-specific, terms. Authors
reporting on tools or case studies are strongly encouraged to indicate how
their experimental results can be reproduced and confirmed independently.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Christel Baier (U. Bonn, Germany)
Armin Biere (Johannes Kepler U., Austria)
Jonathan Billington (University of South Australia, Australia)
Ed Brinksma (ESI and U. of Twente, The Netherlands)
Rance Cleaveland (U. of Maryland & Fraunhofer USA Inc, USA)
Byron Cook (tool chair) (Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK)
Dennis Dams (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, USA)
Marsha Chechik (U. Toronto, Canada)
Francois Fages (INRIA Rocquencourt, France)
Kathi Fisler (Worcester Polytechnic, USA)
Limor Fix (Intel Research Laboratory, Pittsburgh, USA)
Hubert Garavel (INRIA Rhones-Alpes, France)
Susanne Graf (VERIMAG, Grenoble, France)
Orna Grumberg (co-chair) (TECHNION, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
John Hatcliff (Kansas State U., USA)
Holger Hermanns (U. des Saarlandes, Germany)
Michael Huth (co-chair) (Imperial College London, UK)
Daniel Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Somesh Jha (U. of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)
Orna Kupferman (Hebrew U., Jerusalem, Israel)
Marta Kwiatkowska (U. of Birmingham, UK)
Kim Larsen (Aalborg U., Denmark)
Michael Leuschel (Heinrich-Heine U., Duesseldorf, Germany)
Andreas Podelski (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Informatik, Saarbruecken, Germany)
Tiziana Margaria-Steffen (U. Goettingen, Germany)
Tom Melham (Oxford U., UK)
CR Ramakrishnan (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
Jakob Rehof (Fraunhofer ISST, Germany)
Natarajan Shankar (SRI, Menlo Park, USA)
Bernhard Steffen (U. Dortmund, Germany)
Lenore Zuck (U. of Illinois, USA).

INVITED SPEAKER

K. Rustan M. Leino (Microsoft Research, USA)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Papers should be submitted using the TACAS 2007 Conference Service. As with
other ETAPS conferences, TACAS accepts two types of contributions:

* research papers and
* tool demonstration papers.

Both types of contributions will appear in the proceedings and have
oral presentations during the conference.

Research papers:

Research papers cover one or more of the topics above, including tool
development and case studies from a perspective of scientific research.
Research papers are evaluated by the TACAS Program Committee.  Submitted
research papers must:

* be in English and have a maximum of 15 pages (including figures and
   bibliography)
* present original research which is unpublished and not
   submitted elsewhere (conferences or journals) -- in particular,
   simultaneous submission of the same contribution to multiple ETAPS
   conferences is forbidden
* use the Springer-LNCS style
* be submitted electronically in Postscript or PDF form via the TACAS 2007
   Conference Service (abstract no later than 6 October, 2006, and full
   paper no later than 13 October, 2006)

   Submissions deviating from these instructions may be rejected without review.
Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Program Committee
Co-Chairs Orna Grumberg (www.cs.technion.ac.il/users/orna/) or Michael Huth
(www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~mrh/) prior to submitting.

Tool demonstration papers:

   Tool demonstration papers present tools based on aforementioned technologies
(e.g., theorem-proving, model-checking, static analysis, or other formal
methods) or fall into the above application areas (e.g., system construction
and transformation, testing, analysis of real-time, hybrid or biological
systems, etc.). Tool demonstration papers are evaluated by the TACAS Tool
Chair, Byron Cook (http://research.microsoft.com/users/bycook/default.htm)
with the help of the Programme Committee.

Submitted tool demonstration papers must:

* be in English and have a maximum of 4 pages
* have an appendix (not included in the 4 page count) that
   provides a detailed description of:
   - how the oral presentation will be conducted, e.g.
     illustrated by a number of snapshots
   - the availability of the tool, the number and types of users, other
     information which may illustrate the maturity and robustness of the tool
   - if applicable, a link to a web-page for the tool
     (The appendix will not be included in the proceedings, but during the
     evaluation of the tool demonstration papers it will be equally
     important as the pages submitted for publication in the proceedings.)
* use the Springer-Verlag LNCS style
* clearly describe the enhancements and novel features of the tool in case that
   one of its previous versions has already been presented at meetings or
   published in some form
* be submitted electronically in Postscript or PDF form via the TACAS 2007
   Conference Service (abstract no later than 6 October, 2006, and full paper
   no later than 13 October, 2006)

   Submissions deviating from these instructions may be rejected without review.
Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Tool Chair
Byron Cook.













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