The 20th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods

12-16 November 2018 - Gold Coast, Australia

Welcome to the website of the 20th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods (ICFEM 2018)

Since 1997, ICFEM provides a forum for both researchers and practitioners who are interested in developing practical formal methods for software engineering or applying existing formal techniques to improve software development process in practice systems.

Formal methods for the development of computer systems have been extensively researched and studied. We now have good theoretical understandings of how to describe what programs do, how they do it, and why they work. A range of semantic theories, specification languages, design techniques, verification methods, and supporting tools have been developed and applied to the construction of programs of moderate size that are used in critical applications. The remaining challenge now is how to deal with problems in developing and maintaining large scale and complex computer systems.

The goal of this conference is to bring together industrial, academic, and government experts, from a variety of user domains and software disciplines, to help advance the state of the art. Researchers, practitioners, tool developers and users, and technology transfer experts are all welcome. We are interested in work that has been incorporated into real production systems, and in theoretical work that promises to bring practical, tangible engineering benefits.

We look forward to your contribution and participation.

Important Dates

Abstract Submissions Due: 7 May 2018

Full Paper Submissions Due: 14 May 2018

Workshop/Tutorial Proposals Due: 25 March 2018

Acceptance/Rejection Notification: 29 June 2018

Camera-ready Due: 29 July 2018

Scope and Topics

Submissions related to the following principal themes are encouraged, but any topics relevant to the field of formal engineering methods and their practical applications will also be considered:

  • Abstraction, refinement and evolution
  • Formal specification and modelling
  • Formal verification and analysis
  • Model checking
  • Formal approaches to software testing and inspection
  • Formal methods for self-adaptive systems
  • Formal methods for object-oriented systems
  • Formal methods for component-based systems
  • Formal methods for concurrent and real-time systems
  • Formal methods for cloud computing
  • Formal methods for cyber-physical systems
  • Formal methods for software safety and security
  • Formal methods for software reliability and dependability
  • Development, integration and experiments involving verified systems
  • Formal certification of products under international standards
  • Formal model-based development and code generation

Submission and Publication

Submissions to the conference must not have been published or be concurrently considered for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, contribution to the field, technical and presentation quality, and relevance to the conference. The proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Papers should be written in English and should not exceed 16 pages in LNCS format (more details here). Submissions should be made through the ICFEM 2018 submission page, handled by the EasyChair conference management system.

Access submission portal

Workshop or tutorial proposals should be directly sent to the Workshop/Tutorial Chair via email. Each proposal should include (1) title, scope, and aims, (2) brief bio of the organizer or lecturer, and (3) postal and email addresses.

Accepted papers will be available later.

Copyright form for accepted papers will be available soon.


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Host City and Accomodation

Gold Coast is blessed with an enviable climate, world-class facilities and convenient public transport networks.

Delegates can easily access activities like cruising on the Bay, with the lush rainforests of the Scenic Rim and the beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast within a short drive of the city centre. More informations are available at the Official Tourism Website for the Gold Coast

More details available soon.

Visa Application

Attendees that require a visa may request a support letter from Additional visa information can be found here.



To be announced.

Workshops and Tutorials

The 7th Asian Workshop of Advanced Software Engineering (AWASE 2018), 16-17 November 2018
The 8th international workshop on SOFL + MSVL for Reliability and Security​ (SOFL+MSVL 2018)​, 16 November 2018
The 6th International Workshop on Formal Techniques for Safety-Critical Systems​ (FTSCS 2018)​, 16 November 2018

More to be announced.

Keynote Speakers

Sir Tony Hoare (C. A. R. Hoare) is a British computer scientist. He developed the sorting algorithm quicksort in 1959/1960. He also developed Hoare logic for verifying program correctness in 1969, and the formal language communicating sequential processes (CSP) to specify the interactions of concurrent processes in 1985. He received the Turing Prize and the Kyoto Prize for his fundamental contributions to the definition and design of programming languages in 1980 and 2000 respectively. Tony Hoare became a professor at Oxford University in 1977 where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Hoare was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society as well as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. A recent personal research goal has been the unification of a diverse range of theories applying to different programming languages, paradigms, and implementation technologies. Tony has been and continue to be an inspiration to many researchers.

Conference Organising Committee

General Co-Chair

Jin Song Dong, Griffith University and NUS, Australia

Program Co-Chairs

Jing Sun, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Meng Sun, Peking University, China

Workshop Chair

Yang Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Tutorial Chair

Jun Sun, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Sponsorship Chair

Zhe Hou, Griffith University, Australia

Industry Chair

Defence Alliance Chair

Proceedings Chair

Publicity Chair

Registration Chair

Local Organisation Chair

20 Years ICFEM Award Chair

Web Chair

Hadrien Bride, Griffith University, Australia

Steering Committee

Keijiro Araki, Kyushu University, Japan
Michael Butler, University of Southampton, UK
Jin Song Dong, Griffith University and NUS
Jifeng He, East China Normal University, China
Mike Hinchey, University of Limerick, Ireland
Shaoying Liu, Hosei University, Japan
Shengchao Qin, University of Teesside, UK

Program Committee

Bernhard K. Aichernig, TU Graz, Austria
Cyrille Artho, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Christel Baier, TU Dresden, Germany
Richard Banach, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Luis Barbosa, University of Minho, Portugal
Michael Butler, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Franck Cassez, Macquarie University, Australia
Ana Cavalcanti, University of York, United Kingdom
Zhenbang Chen, National University of Defense Technology, China
Sylvain Conchon, Universite Paris-Sud, France
Yuxin Deng, East China Normal University, China
Jin Song Dong, Griffith University and NUS, Australia
Marc Frappier, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Lindsay Groves, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Ichiro Hasuo, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Xudong He, Florida International University, United States
Jie-Hong Roland Jiang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Gerwin Klein, University of New South Wales, Australia
Fabrice Kordon, LIP6/Sorbonne Universite & CNRS, France
Michael Leuschel, University of Dusseldorf, Germany
Yuan-Fang Li, Monash University, Australia
Yang Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Zhiming Liu, Southwest University, China
Shuang Liu, Tianjin University, China
Brendan Mahony, DSTO, Australia
Stephan Merz, Inria Nancy, France
Mohammad Mousavi, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Shin Nakajima, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Peter Olveczky, University of Oslo, Norway
Jun Pang, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Yu Pei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Shengchao Qin, Teesside University, United Kingdom
Silvio Ranise, FBK-Irst, Italy
Adrian Riesco, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Graeme Smith, The University of Queensland, Australia
Harald Sondergaard, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Jing Sun, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Meng Sun, Peking University, China
Jun Sun, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Cong Tian, Xidian University, China
Jaco van de Pol, University of Twente, Netherlands
Hai H. Wang, University of Aston, United Kingdom
Zijiang Yang, Western Michigan University, United States
Wang Yi, Uppsala University, Sweden
Jian Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Contact Us

Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS), Griffith University

+61 7 3735 3757

Official Sponsors


ICFEM'18 is an outstanding opportunity for you to reach the ‘thought leaders’ in this industry with your message, and for your Software Engineering team to network and exchange ideas with their peers in this unique and innovative forum.

Sponsors are offered the opportunity to reach over 100 software engineering experts, including researchers and industry practitioners such as developers, QA and engineering managers.

New sponsorship are welcome and any entity wishing to become an official sponsor may contact the sponsorship chair.