Formal Methods in
Computer-Aided Design
30 Oct - 2 Nov, 2018
University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Call for Papers

International Conference on
Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)
Austin, Texas, October 30 - November 2, 2018


Abstract Submission:
May 11, 2018 May 18, 2018
Paper Submission:
May 18, 2018 May 25, 2018
Author Notification:
July 18, 2018 July 23, 2018
Camera-Ready Version:
Aug 17, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

All deadlines are 11:59 pm AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

FMCAD Tutorial Day:
Oct 30, 2018
Regular Program:
Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2018

Part of the FMCAD 2018 program

FMCAD Student Forum

Co-located with FMCAD

15th International Workshop on the ACL2 Theorem Prover and Its Applications (ACL2-2018)
November 5-6, 2018, Austin, Texas, USA


FMCAD 2018 is the eighteenth in a series of conferences on the theory and applications of formal methods in hardware and system verification. FMCAD provides a leading forum to researchers in academia and industry for presenting and discussing groundbreaking methods, technologies, theoretical results, and tools for reasoning formally about computing systems. FMCAD covers formal aspects of computer-aided system design including verification, specification, synthesis, and testing.

FMCAD employs a rigorous peer-review process. Accepted papers are distributed through both ACM and IEEE digital libraries. In addition, published articles are made available freely on the conference page; the authors retain the copyright. There are no publication fees. At least one of the authors is required to register for the conference and present the accepted paper. A small number of outstanding FMCAD submissions will be considered for inclusion in a Special Issue of the journal on Formal Methods in System Design (FMSD).


FMCAD welcomes submission of papers reporting original research on advances in all aspects of formal methods and their applications to computer- aided design. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Model checking, theorem proving, equivalence checking, abstraction and reduction, compositional methods, decision procedures at the bit- and word-level, probabilistic methods, combinations of deductive methods and decision procedures.
  • Synthesis and compilation for computer system descriptions, modeling, specification, and implementation languages, formal semantics of languages and their subsets, model-based design, design derivation and transformation, correct-by-construction methods.
  • Application of formal and semi-formal methods to functional and non-functional specification and validation of hardware and software, including timing and power modeling, verification of computing systems on all levels of abstraction, system-level design and verification for embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, automotive systems and other safety-critical systems, hardware-software co-design and verification, and transaction-level verification.
  • Experience with the application of formal and semi-formal methods to industrial-scale designs; tools that represent formal verification enablement, new features, or a substantial improvement in the automation of formal methods.
  • Application of formal methods to verifying safety, connectivity and security properties of networks, distributed systems, smart contracts, block chains, and IoT devices.


Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format via EasyChair:

Two categories of papers are invited: Regular papers, and Tool & Case Study papers. Regular papers are expected to offer novel foundational ideas, theoretical results, or algorithmic improvements to existing methods, along with experimental impact validation where applicable. Tool & Case Study papers are expected to report on the design, implementation or use of verification (or related) technology in a practically relevant context (which need not be industrial), and its impact on design processes.

Both Regular and Tool & Case study papers must use the IEEE Transactions format on letter-size paper with a 10-point font size. Papers in both categories can be either 8 pages (long) or 4 pages (short) in length not including references. Short papers that describe emerging results, practical experiences, or original ideas that can be described succinctly are encouraged. Authors will be required to select an appropriate paper category at abstract submission time. Submissions may contain an optional appendix, which will not appear in the final version of the paper. The reviewers should be able to assess the quality and the relevance of the results in the paper without reading the appendix.

Submissions in both categories must contain original research that has not been previously published, nor is concurrently submitted for publication. Any partial overlap with published or concurrently submitted papers must be clearly indicated. If experimental results are reported, authors are strongly encouraged to provide the reviewers access to their data at submission time, so that results can be independently verified. The review process is single blind.


Continuing the tradition of the previous years, FMCAD 2018 is hosting a Student Forum that provides a platform for graduate students at any career stage to introduce their research to the wider Formal Methods community, and solicit feedback.

Submissions for the event must be short reports describing research ideas or ongoing work that the student is currently pursuing, and must be within the scope of FMCAD. Work, part of which has been previously published, will be considered; the novel aspect to be addressed in future work must be clearly described in such cases. All submissions will be reviewed by a select group of FMCAD program committee members.



Nikolaj Bjorner
Arie Gurfinkel
University of Waterloo


Jade Alglave
University College London
June Andronick
CSIRO|Data61 and UNSW
Armin Biere
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Per Bjesse
Synopsys Inc.
Roderick Bloem
Graz University of Technology
Gianpiero Cabodi
Politechnico Torino
Supratik Chakraborty
IIT Bombay
Sylvain Conchon
Universite Paris-Sud
Bruno Dutertre
SRI international
Alberto Griggio
University of Trento
Liana Hadarean
Fei He
Tsinghua University
Joe Hendrix
Warren Hunt
The University of Texas at Austin
Alexander Ivrii
Dejan Jovanović
SRI International
Temesghen Kahsai
George Karpenkov
Tim King
Igor Konnov
Vienna University of Technology
Ken McMillan
Alexander Nadel
Giles Reger
The University of Manchester
Leonid Ryzhyk
VMware Research
Martina Seidl
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Natasha Sharygina
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Sharon Shoham
Tel Aviv University
Anna Slobodova
Mathias Soeken
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Daryl Stewart
Christoph Sticksel
The MathWorks
Niklas Sörensson
Mentor Graphics
Murali Talupur
Yakir Vizel
Georg Weissenbacher
Vienna University of Technology
Jaco van de Pol
University of Twente


Dejan Jovanović
SRI International
Andrew Reynolds
University of Iowa


Tom van Dijk
Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria


Jade Alglave
University College London and Microsoft


Yakir Vizel


Armin Biere
Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria
Alan Hu
University of British Columbia, Canada
Warren Hunt
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Vigyan Singhal
Oski Tech
Georg Weissenbacher
TU Vienna, Austria