Call for Participation: FormaliSE 2021 (

      On-line conference on Formal Methods in Software Engineering (May 18-21, 2021)

                     Co-located event of ICSE 2021


FormaliSE is a yearly conference on Formal Methods in Software Engineering.

FormaliSE is organized by FME (Formal Methods Europe) and is co-located with

ICSE (International Conference on Software Engineering). The main goal of the

conference is to foster integration between the formal methods and the software

engineering communities. The lack of formalization in key places makes software

engineering overly sensitive to the weaknesses that are inevitable in the

complex activities behind software creation. This is where formal methods (FMs)

have a huge opportunity.


This year FormaliSE will be held on-line, with real-time presentations by the

authors of accepted papers, and by two keynote speakers. The Clowdr platform

will be used for the presentation. Social interaction with the authors and

other participants will be facilitated as well.

See for a detailed overview of

keynotes and the list of accepted papers.


Registration for FormaliSE is open. You can register at Registration is

handled by ICSE.


Laura Semini and Simon Bliudze (PC Chairs)

Stefania Gnesi and Nico Plat (General Chairs)

Lucia Nasti (Social Media Chair) and Larisa Safina (Virtualisation Chair)


Liliana Pasquale (University College Dublin & Lero, Ireland)

`Towards Formalising Sustainable Security' 

Cyber-physical systems, such as smart buildings, cities, and industrial control

systems are increasingly managed by software. As the cyber and physical spaces

characterizing a software system operating environment are becoming more

intertwined, their attack surface has increased and they have become more

targeted by attackers. Considering the critical applications of CPS, adversaries

can interrupt the functionality of critical infrastructure, also possibly causing

human loss. Thus, CPS should be designed to adapt their security controls dynamically,

in order to continuously protect valuable assets from harm and satisfy security goal

 at runtime (during execution). However, research in the adaptive security domain has

rarely focused on mitigating unexpected security threats at runtime. Changes

of security controls can affect satisfaction of safety-critical properties of a

CPS and lead stakeholders (e.g., users and engineers) to lose trust in the system.

This can even be more detrimental considering that stakeholders may need to

actively monitor data, support decision making and/or execute security controls,

in order to avoid security requirements violations.

The objective of this talk is to propose the notion of sustainable security

systems. Such systems will be capable of detecting new/changing threats and

identify effective security controls dynamically. Also, they will endure

engagement of the stakeholders in their operation and use. This talk will explore

existing key research approaches that have been proposed to:

· Formalise adaptive security (cyber-physical) systems and detect/mitigate unexpecteds

  security threats at runtime

· Support runtime verification of large-scale (cyber-physical) systems

· Assure and explain adaptive security systems

The keynote will highlight research gaps and challenges towards formalising sustainable

security systems and will outline a research agenda to tackle these challenges.