Formal Methods in
Computer-Aided Design
Yale University

Call for Papers


Abstract Submission:
May 14, 2021 May 7, 2021
Paper Submission:
May 21, 2021 May 14, 2021
Author Response:
June 30 - July 2, 2021 June 23-25, 2021
Author Notification:
July 9, 2021 July 2, 2021
Camera-Ready Version:
August 16, 2021
Early registration:
September 15, 2021

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

FMCAD Tutorial Day:
Oct. 19, 2021
Regular Program:
Oct. 20-22, 2021

Part of the FMCAD 2021 program

FMCAD Student Forum

Co-located with FMCAD

VSTTE 2021


FMCAD 2021 is the twenty-first 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 published by TU Wien Academic Press under a Creative Commons license (the authors retain the copyright) and distributed through the IEEE XPlore digital library. 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).


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.

Authors of accepted contributions will be required to sign the FMCAD copyright transfer form found here: https://fmcad.or.at/pdf/copyright.pdf.


Continuing the tradition of the previous years, FMCAD 2021 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.



Ruzica Piskac
Yale University
Michael Whalen
Amazon, Inc and the University of Minnesota


Erika Abraham
RWTH Aachen University
Jade Alglave
University College London
Pranav Ashar
Real Intent
Per Bjesse
Synopsys Inc.
Roderick Bloem
Graz University of Technology
Ivana Cerna
Masaryk University
Supratik Chakraborty
IIT Bombay
Sylvain Conchon
Universite Paris-Sud
Leonardo de Moura
Rayna Dimitrova
CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Grigory Fedyukovich
Florida State University
Arie Gurfinkel
University of Waterloo
Liana Hadarean
Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Ziyad Hanna
Cadence Design Systems
Fei He
Tsinghua University
Marijn Heule
Carnegie Mellon University
Warren Hunt
The University of Texas at Austin
Alexander Ivrii
Dejan Jovanović
SRI International
Alan Jović
University of Zagreb
Laura Kovacs
Vienna University of Technology
Ton Chanh Le
Stevens Institute of Technology
Rebekah Leslie-Hurd
Kuldeep Meel
National University of Singapore
Elizabeth Polgreen
University of California, Berkeley
Andrew Reynolds
University of Iowa
Cristoph Scholl
University of Freiburg
Natasha Sharygina
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Anna Slobodova
Centaur Technology
Christoph Sticksel
The Mathworks
Murali Talupur
Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Jean-Baptiste Tristram
Boston College
Yakir Vizel
Thomas Wahl
Northeastern University
Georg Weissenbacher
Vienna University of Technology
Thomas Wies
New York University
Valentin Wüstholz
Lenore Zuck
University of Illinois in Chicago


Mark Santolucito
Barnard College


Daniel Schoepe
Amazon Web Services, Inc.


Georg Weissenbacher
TU Wien


William Hallahan
Yale University


Clark Barrett
Stanford University, CA, USA
Armin Biere
Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria
Georg Weissenbacher
TU Vienna, Austria
Anna Slobodova
Centaur Technology, TX, USA