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                 2nd Int. FME Conference on Teaching Formal Methods
                        "Widening Access to Formal Methods"
                           Friday, November 6th 2009
                              co-located with
             FM2009 : 16th International Symposium on Formal Methods
            Eindhoven, the Netherlands, November 2 - November 6, 2009

                               CALL FOR PAPERS

                    (URL: http://www.di.uminho.pt/tfm09)

1. About the conference
Ten years after the First World Formal Methods Congress (FM'99) in Toulouse, formal methods communities from all over the world will once again have an opportunity to come together. As part of the First Formal Methods Week event surrounding the FM2009 conference in Eindhoven, Formal Methods Europe will be organizing TFM2009, the Second International Conference on Teaching Formal

The conference will serve as a forum to explore the successes and failures
of Formal Methods (FM) education, and to promote cooperative projects to
further education and training in FMs. We would like to provide a forum for lecturers, teachers, and industrial partners to discuss their experience,
present their pedagogical methodologies, and explore best practices.

TFM2009 follows in a series of recent events on teaching formal methods,
including: two BCS-FACS TFM workshops (Oxford in 2003, and London in 2006),
the TFM 2004 conference in Ghent (with proceedings published as Springer
LNCS Volume 3294), the FM-Ed 2006 workshop (Hamilton, co-located with FM'06),
FORMED (Budapest, at ETAPS 2008), FMET 2008 (Kitakyushu 2008, co-located
with ICFEM), etc.

2. Topics of interest
Formal methods (FM) have an important role to play in the development of
complex computing systems - a role acknowledged in industrial standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO/IEC 15408, and in the increasing use of precise modeling
notations, semantic markup languages, and model-driven techniques. There
is a growing need for software engineers who can work effectively with simple, mathematical abstractions, and with practical notions of inference and proof. However, there is little clear guidance ? for educators, for managers, or for the engineers themselves ? as to what might comprise a basic education in FM. Neither the present IEEE/ACM Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) nor the forthcoming Graduate Software Engineering Reference Curriculum (GSWERC) provide the kind of specific information that teachers and practitioners
need to establish an adequate, balanced programme of learning in FM.

Original contributions are solicited that provide insight, opinions, and
suggestions for courses of action regarding the teaching FMs, including but
not limited to the following aspects:

    * experiences of teaching FMs, both successful and unsuccessful;
* educational resources including the use of books, case studies and the internet;
    * the education of weak and mathphobic students;
* the integration, or otherwise, of FMs into the curriculum, including contributions to the definition of a Formal Methods Body of Knowledge (FMBOK);
    * the advantages of FM-trained graduates in the workplace;
* changing attitudes towards FMs in students, academic staff and practitioners;
    * the necessary mathematical background.

Submissions may be up to 20 pages long, using the Springer LNCS format. Negotiations are under way with Springer Verlag for the publication of the proceedings
of the conference in the LNCS series.

3. Important dates
Please put the following dates in your diary:

Submission deadline     May 25, 2009
Notification of acceptance      July 6, 2009
Final version   August 3, 2009

4. Invited speakers
To be announced

5. Programme Committee
Izzat Alsmadi   (North Dakota State University, USA)
Dines Bjorner   (IIMM Institute, Denmark)
Eerke Boiten    (University of Kent, UK)
Raymond Boute   (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)
Andrew Butterfield      (Trinity College, Dublin)
Jim Davies      (University of Oxford, UK)
David Duce      (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
John Fitzgerald (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Jeremy Gibbons  (University of Oxford, UK)
Randolph Johnson        (National Security Agency, USA)
Michael Mac an Airchinnigh      (Trinity College, Dublin)
Dino Mandrioli  (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Jose Oliveira   (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Kees Pronk      (Technische Universiteit Delft, NL)
Bernhard Schaetz        (Tecnical University of Munique, Germany)
Wolfgang Schreiner      (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
Simao Melo de Sousa     (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
Kenji Taguchi   (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Jeannette Wing  (Carnegie-Mellon University, USA)

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