FORTE 2018


FORTE 2018 is a forum for fundamental research on theory, models, tools, and applications for distributed systems. The conference solicits original contributions that advance the science and technologies for distributed systems, with special interest in the areas of:

  • Component- and model-based design
  • Object technology, modularity, software adaptation
  • Service-oriented, ubiquitous, pervasive, grid, cloud, and mobile computing systems
  • Software quality, reliability, availability, and safety;
  • Security, privacy, and trust in distributed systems;
  • Adaptive distributed systems, self-stabilization;
  • Self-healing/organizing;
  • Verification, validation, formal analysis, and testing of the above.

Contributions that combine theory and practice and that exploit formal methods and theoretical foundations to present novel solutions to problems arising from the development of distributed systems are encouraged. FORTE covers distributed computing models and formal specification, testing and verification methods. The application domains include all kinds of application-level distributed systems, telecommunication services, Internet, embedded and real-time systems, as well as networking and communication security and reliability.

Main topics of interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Languages and semantic foundations: new modeling and language concepts for distribution and concurrency, semantics for different types of languages, including programming languages, modeling languages, and domain-specific languages; real-time and probability aspects;
  • Formal methods and techniques: design, specification, analysis, verification, validation, testing and runtime verification of various types of distributed systems including communications and network protocols, service-oriented systems, adaptive distributed systems, cyber-physical systems and sensor networks;
  • Foundations of security: new principles for qualitative and quantitative security analysis of distributed systems, including formal models based on probabilistic concepts;
  • Applications of formal methods: applying formal methods and techniques for studying quality, reliability, availability, and safety of distributed systems;
  • Practical experience with formal methods: industrial applications, case studies and software tools for applying formal methods and description techniques to the development and analysis of real distributed systems.

Submission and publication

Contributions must be written in English and report on original, unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere (cf. IFIP’s codes of conduct). The submissions must be prepared using Springer’s LNCS style. Submissions not adhering to the specified constraints may be rejected without review. Papers must be submitted electronically in pdf via the FORTE’18 interface of the EasyChair system (

We solicit four kinds of submissions:

  • Full papers (up to 15 pages): Describing thorough and complete research results, tools or experience reports.
  • Short papers (up to 7 pages): Describing research results that are not fully developed, or manifestos, calls to action, personal views on FORTE related research, on the current state of the art, or on prospects for the years to come.
  • Tool demonstration papers (up to 7 pages): focus on the usage aspects of tools. Theoretical foundations and experimental evaluation are not required, however, a motivation as to why the tool is interesting and significant should be provided. Papers may have an appendix of up to 5 additional pages with details on the actual demonstration.
  • Posters (up to 3 pages): Students can submit descriptions of posters that will be presented at the conference during a students poster session. Neither the descriptions or the posters will be published in the proceedings.

Each paper will undergo a peer review of at least 3 anonymous reviewers. The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS Series. The best papers will be invited after the conference to contribute to a special issue of a top-level journal.

Program committee chairs

Program committee

  • Luis Barbosa, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Dirk Beyer, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (LMU), Germany
  • Nikolaj Bjorner, Microsoft Research, US
  • Ahmed Bouajjani, Univ. Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France
  • Tomáš Brázdil, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Einar Broch Johnson, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Ilaria Castellani, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis
  • Yuxin Deng, East China Normal University Shanghai, China
  • Patrick Eugster, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Arnd Hartmanns, Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
  • Thomas Hildebrandt, University Copenhagen
  • Nils Jansen, Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Antónia Lopes, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Matteo Mio, CNRS Lyon, France
  • Jorge A. Pérez, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Anna Philippou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Davide Sangiorgi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Mahsa Shirmohammadi, Oxford University, UK
  • Alexandra Silva, University College London, UK
  • Mahesh Viswanathan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
  • Heike Wehrheim, Universität Paderborn, Germany
  • Verena Wolf, Universität des Saarlands, Germany

Steering committee

  • Erika Abraham, Aachen University, Germany
  • Catuscia Palamidessi, INRIA Paris, France
  • Susanne Graf, CNRS, France
  • Mahesh Viswanathan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Elvira Albert, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Ivan Lanese, University of Bologna/INRIA, Italy
  • Einar Broch Johnsen, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Frank De Boer, CWI, Netherlands
  • Heike Wehrheim, Paderborn University, Germany
  • Jean-Bernard Stefani, INRIA Grenoble, France (Chair)

Important dates

  • COORDINATION, DAIS & FORTE (LNCS publication) [Deadline Extended]:
    • February 2, 2018 Submission of abstracts February 16, 2018 Submission of abstracts
    • February 9, 2018 Submission of papers February 23, 2018 Submission of papers
    • March 30, 2018 Notification of accepted papers
    • April 15, 2018 Camera ready
    • June 18-20, 2018 Conferences in Madrid