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AI4FM 2013 : First Call For Papers (ITP 2013 workshop)

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  AI4FM 2013 - the 4th International Workshop on
    the use of AI in Formal Methods

    Rennes, France, 22nd July, 2013
     In association with ITP 2013
          --- First Call for Papers ---

This workshop will bring together researchers from formal methods and AI; it will address the 
issue of how AI can be used to support the formal software development process, including modelling 
and proof. Previous AI4FM workshops have included a mix of industrial and academic participants 
and we anticipate attracting a similarly diverse audience. 

Industrial use of formal methods is certainly increasing but, in order to make it more mainstream, 
the cost of applying formal methods, in terms of mathematical skill level and development time, 
must be reduced - we believe that AI can help with these issues. 

Rigorous software development using formal methods allows the construction of an accurate characterisation 
of a problem domain that is firmly based on mathematics; by applying standard mathematical analyses, these 
methods can be used to prove that systems satisfy formal specifications. A recent ACM computing survey paper 
describes over sixty industrial projects and discusses the effect formal methods have on time, cost and quality. 
It shows that with tools backed by mature theory, formal methods are becoming cost effective and their use is 
easier to justify, not as an academic exercise or legal requirement, but as part of a business case. Furthermore, 
the use of such formal methods is no longer confined to safety critical systems: the list of industrial partners 
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