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November 9-10, 2008

The seventh workshop on specification and verification of component-based systems is affiliated with ACM SIGSOFT 2008/FSE 16 and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 9-10, 2008. Abstracts are due on September 8, 2008, and eight page papers on September 15, 2008. Details on paper submission follow a general description of the workshop below. Informal proceedings will be made available to workshop participants and papers will also be available from the workshop web page. Thus there will be no formal publication of papers, and authors will retain copyright to their papers.

Themes and Topics of Interest

SAVCBS is focused on using formal (i.e., mathematical) techniques to establish a foundation for the specification and verification of component-based systems. Specification techniques are urgently needed to support effective reasoning about systems composed from components. Component-based approaches also underscore the need for scaling advanced verification techniques such as extended static analysis and model checking to the size of real systems. The workshop will consider formalization of both functional and non-functional behavior (such as performance or reliability). Suggested research topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

We are soliciting position papers from researchers and practitioners in the areas of component-based software engineering and formal methods. Submissions should outline the current state of research or practice, describe the most pressing shortcomings, and formulate goals for future development.

Challenge Problem

One session during the workshop will be devoted to presenting solutions (full or partial) to a challenge problem. This problem presents features that pose difficulties for current specification technologies. The session will be open both to presenters as well as participants of the workshop. Details on the challenge problem are posted at Solutions should illustrate innovative features of specification or verification as they pertain to this particular problem.


Invitation to the workshop will be based on accepted position papers. An ideal position paper would identify new research topics, areas, or problems related to component-based software engineering. It should address the following questions.

Important dates
        Abstract submission deadline: September 8, 2008
        Paper submission deadline: September 15, 2008
        Notification date: October 11, 2008
        Final versions: November 3, 2008

Submissions must not exceed 8 pages. We encourage, but do not require, use of the ACM Conference format. We also suggest that you add page numbers to your submission, to make adding comments easier. Papers will be accepted in PDF or Postscript format. Papers will be submitted on-line at

We will notify authors that are selected for presentation to the workshop by October 11, 2008. Some authors will be invited to attend but not to present their work formally, and others may have short presentations. We may also have a poster session for authors not invited to present their work formally. All invited authors will have pages in the informal workshop proceedings. The final versions of papers for invited authors will be due on November 3, 2008.

Copies of the proceedings will be available on the web before the workshop. Check back at the SAVCBS web site to print a copy before attending.

Best papers may be invited for submission to a special issue of a journal.

For more information, visit

Workshop Program Committee:

We're pleased to have another outstanding program committee this year.

Jonathan Aldrich, Mike Barnett, Dimitra Giannakopoulou, Gary T. Leavens, and Natasha Sharygina

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