The Symposium on Dependable Software Engineering: Theories, Tools and Applications (SETTA) 2020 will be held in Beijing, China on July 8-11, 2020. SETTA 2020 will be hosted at Peking University, in co-location with LICS 2020 and ICALP 2020.

Formal methods emerged as an important area in computer science and software engineering about half a century ago. An international community is formed researching, developing and teaching formal theories, techniques and tools for software modeling, specification, design and verification. However, the impact of formal methods on the quality improvement of software systems in practice is lagging behind. This is for instance reflected by the challenges in applying formal techniques and tools to engineering large-scale systems such as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet-of-Things (IoT), Enterprise Systems, Cloud-Based Systems, and so forth.

The purpose of the SETTA is to bring international researchers together to exchange research results and ideas on bridging the gap between formal methods and software engineering. The interaction with the Chinese computer science and software engineering community is a central focus point. The aim is to show research interests and results from different groups so as to initiate interest-driven research collaboration. The SETTA is aiming at academic excellence and its objective is to become a flagship conference on formal software engineering in China.

To achieve these goals and contribute to the sustainability of the formal methods research, it is important for the symposium to attract young researchers into the community. Thus, this symposium encourages in particular the participation of young researchers and students.

This year, SETTA welcomes submissions to the following two tracks: Journal First Papers and Research Papers.

All submissions must be in the PDF format. Papers should be written in English. Submitted papers must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Accepted papers for both tracks must be presented at the conference.

Call for papers 

Important Dates

Paper Submission:

 April 16, 2020 (AoE, Research Papers)

 March 27, 2020 (AoE, Journal First Papers)

Conference date: July 8-11, 2020

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General Chair:

  • Huimin Lin, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Program Chair:

  • Jun Pang, University of Luxembourg
  • Lijun Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Local Organisation Chair:

  • Meng Sun, Peking University

Publicity Chair:

  • Fu Song, ShanghaiTech University

Web Chair:

  • Chengchao Huang, Institute of Intelligent Software

Program Committee Members:

  • Ezio Bartocci, Vienna University of Technology
  • Lei Bu, Nanjing University
  • Milan Ceska, Brno University of Technology
  • Sudipta Chattopadhyay, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Yu-Fang Chen, Academia Sinica
  • Alessandro Cimatti, FBK-ICT Irst
  • Yuxin Deng, East China Normal University
  • Wei Dong, National University of Defense Technology
  • Hongfei Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Jan Friso Groote, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Nan Guan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Dimitar P. Guelev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Xiaowei Huang, University of Liverpool
  • Nils Jansen, Radboud University
  • Yu Jiang, Tsinghua University
  • Sebastian Junges, RWTH Aachen
  • Zhiming Liu, Southwest University
  • Stefan Mitsch, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sebastian Moedersheim, Technical University of Denmark
  • Jean Francois Monin, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Mohammad Mousavi, University of Leicester
  • Dave Parker, University of Birmingham
  • Jaco van de Pol, Aarhus University
  • Mickael Randour, FNRS & Université de Mons
  • Fu Song, ShanghaiTech University
  • Jeremy Sproston, University of Turin
  • Jun Sun, Singapore Management University
  • Meng Sun, Peking University
  • Cong Tian, Xidian University
  • Andrea Turrini, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Tarmo Uustalu, Reykjavik University
  • Chenyi Zhang, Jinan University

The conference will be held in Peking University, China.


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