Formal Methods in
Computer-Aided Design
Sep 21-24, 2020, Online

Call for Papers

International Conference on
Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)
Online, Sep 21 - Sep 24, 2020


Abstract Submission:
May 9, 2020
Paper Submission:
May 16, 2020
Author Response:
June 24–27, 2020 June 26–29, 2020
Author Notification:
July 2, 2020 July 4, 2020
Camera-Ready Version:
August 16, 2020

Early registration:
Aug. 31, 2020

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

FMCAD Tutorial Day:
Sep. 21, 2020
Regular Program:
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2020

Part of the FMCAD 2020 program

FMCAD Student Forum


FMCAD 2020 is the twentieth 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 the IEEE digital library, and as Open Access Proceedings by TU Wien Academic Press. 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).


The talks in the conference will be video-taped, and be available online either during or shortly after the conference. If you are giving a talk and prefer not to be filmed, please notify the chairs some time before your talk.


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 2020 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.



Alexander Ivrii
Ofer Strichman


Erika Abraham
Aachen University
Jade Alglave
University College London
Timos Antonopoulos
Yale University
Pranav Ashar
Real Intent
Clark Barrett
Stanford University
Armin Biere
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Per Bjesse
Synopsys Inc.
Roderick Bloem
Graz University of Technology
Gianpiero Cabodi
Politecnico di Torino
Supratik Chakraborty
IIT Bombay
Sylvain Conchon
Université Paris-Sud
Vijay D’Silva
Rayna Dimitrova
University of Leicester
Dino Distefano
Facebook and University of London
Grigory Fedyukovich
Florida State University
Alberto Griggio
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Arie Gurfinkel
University of Waterloo
Liana Hadarean
Ziyad Hanna
Fei He
Tsinghua University
Warren Hunt
University of Texas at Austin
Dejan Jovanović
SRI International
Ken McMillan
Alexander Nadel
Nina Narodytska
VMware Research
Ziv Nevo
Corina Pasareanu
Giles Reger
University of Manchester
Christoph Scholl
University of Freiburg
Natasha Sharygina
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano)
Anna Slobodova
Centaur Technology
Daryl Stewart
Christoph Sticksel
Yakir Vizel
Chao Wang
University of Southern California
Georg Weissenbacher
Vienna University of Technology


Peter Schrammel
University of Sussex and Diffblue Ltd.


Ryan Berryhill
University of Toronto


Clark Barrett
Stanford University
Armin Biere
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Warren Hunt
University of Texas at Austin
Georg Weissenbacher
Vienna University of Technology