2nd International Workshop on 
Verification, Model Checking and Abstract Interpretation 
September 19, 1998 - Pisa, Italy

In association with SAS'98 and PLILP/ALP'98 
Compunet area: Language Design, Semantics and Verification 
Annual Meeting 

The 2nd Workshop on Verification, Model Checking and Abstract Interpretation follows the successful ILPS post-conference workshop held in Port Jefferson, NY, USA, October 1997.

Motivations and Goals

Program verification aims at proving that programs meet their specifications, i.e., that the actual program behaviour coincides with the desired one. Model checking is a specific approach to the verification of temporal properties of reactive and concurrent systems, which has proven successful in the area of finite-state programs. Abstract interpretation is a method for designing and comparing semantics of programs, expressing various types of programs properties. In particular, it has been successfully used to infer run-time program properties that can be valuable to optimize programs.
Clearly, among these three methods, there are similarities concerning their goals and their domains of applications.
Furthermore, while much research has been performed in the area of abstract interpretation of logic programs, connections between model checking and logic programming have hardly been investigated as yet; at the same time it seems that there may be interesting directions in this area. Besides model checking of (concurrent) logic programs, one may also think of the use of specialized constraint (logic) solvers to tackle the model checking problem.
The main goal of the workshop is that of enhancing cross-fertilization among these areas and in this way to clarify their relationships.

Papers are solicited, reporting on the use of techniques for deriving or proving properties of programs and more generally of finite dynamic systems. Contributions examining the relations among the different techniques in the field of (constraint) logic programming and other programming paradigms, will be considered particularly interesting. Description of work in progress is also welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Papers Submission Deadline:    15 June 1998
Notification of acceptance:       15 July 1998
Workshop :                                 19 September 1998, PISA, ITALY

SUBMISSIONS: Authors are invited to submit an abstract (up to 7 pages) by e-mail in PostScript format to vmcai@dsi.unive.it
At least one author of each accepted abstract is expected to attend the workshop.

PROCEEDINGS: The proceedings will be available at the conference as a technical report of the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy.
Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Computer Languages.

INFORMATION: http://www.dsi.unive.it/~bossi/VMCAI2.html
or mail to: vmcai@dsi.unive.it

Workshop Organizers

Annalisa Bossi (Coordinator) bossi@dsi.unive.it University Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Italy.
Agostino Cortesi cortesi@dsi.unive.it University Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Italy.
Francesca Levi levifran@di.unipi.it University of Pisa, Italy

Program Committee