Welcome to the homepage of PhD-iFM'18, a PhD Symposium at iFM 2018 on Formal Methods: Algorithms, Tools and Applications, held at Maynooth University, Ireland on September 4 2018.


The theory, implementation, integration or application of formal methods in a broad sense.

Symposium Co-Chairs

  Erika Abraham (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), chair
  S. Lizeth Tapia Tarifa (University of Oslo, Norway), chair

Program Committee

  Nils Jansen (Radboud University)                    
  Richard Bubel (TU Darmstadt)                
  José Proença (HASLab - INESC TEC/University of Minho)                
  Marie Farrell (National University of Ireland Maynooth)            
  Luigia Petre (Åbo Akademi University)
  Zoltán Horváth (Eötvös Loránd University)


Follow this link for the PhD-iFM 2018 proceedings.

Provisional Schedule for PhD-iFM and iFM, Tuesday, 4 September

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

Session 1 

09:00 - 10:00 Joint session with FMICS / Invited speaker FMICS

Invited Speaker: Susanne Graf, Director of Research at VERIMAG Grenoble, France.

Building correct Cyber‐Physical Systems --- can we improve current practice?

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break

Session 2 

10:30 - 10:35 Opening and welcome

10:35 - 11:00 Faustin Ahishakiye and Felix Dino Lange. Non-intrusive MC/DC Measurement based on Traces

11:00 - 11:25 Fauzia Ehsan and Marieke Huisman. A Compositional Abstraction Technique for Automated Verification of Concurrent Programs

11:25 - 11:50 Eduard Kamburjan and Tzu-Chun Chen. Stateful Behavioral Types for Active Objects

11:50 - 12:15 Stefan Schupp and Erika Abraham. The HyDRA Tool – A Playground for the Development of Hybrid Systems Reachability Analysis Methods

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch

Session 3 

13:30 - 14:30 Parallel session with FMICS / Invited speaker PhD-iFM

Invited Speaker: 

Dr. Grant Olney Passmore.
  - Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Aesthetic Integration, London
  - Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
  - Honorary Associate, LABORES - Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Title:  Formal Verification of Financial Algorithms with Imandra

14:30 - 14:55 Rui Wang. Model-based Testing of the Single-decree Paxos protocol with the Colour Petri Nets

14:55 - 15:20 Jannik Dunkelau. Machine Learning and AI Techniques for Automated Tool Selection for Formal Methods

15:20 - 15:45 Individual mentoring session

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break

Session 4 

16:15 - 16:40 Einar Broch Johnsen, Martin Steffen, Johanna Beate Stumpf and Lars Tveito. Resource-Aware Virtually Timed Ambients

16:40 - 17:05 Francesco Leofante, Erika Abraham and Armando Tacchella. Task Planning with OMT: an Application to Production Logistics

17:05 - 17:30 Jagadeeswaran Thangaraj and Senthilkumaran Ulaganathan. A Formal Framework to Unified Metamodel for Consistent Transformation

17:30 - 17:45 Best presentation award

Invited Presentation

Dr. Grant Olney Passmore.
  - Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Aesthetic Integration, London
  - Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
  - Honorary Associate, LABORES - Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Title: Formal Verification of Financial Algorithms with Imandra


Many deep issues plaguing today's financial markets are symptoms of a fundamental problem: The complexity of algorithms underlying modern finance has significantly outpaced the power of traditional tools used to design and regulate them. At Aesthetic Integration, we've pioneered the use of formal verification for analysing the safety and fairness of financial algorithms. With a focus on financial infrastructure (e.g., the matching logics of exchanges and dark pools), we'll describe the landscape, and illustrate our Imandra formal verification system on a number of real-world examples. We'll sketch many open problems and future directions along the way.

P.S. Imandra is available for use in the cloud (
<>) and is by no means limited to financial
algorithms (for example, Imandra is now being used for the design and regulation of  autonomous vehicle controllers and RobotOS nodes!). Bring your laptop if you want to experiment with Imandra and the systems we'll discuss during the talk.

Important Dates

Paper submission: June 22, 2018
Author notification: July 15, 2018

Who can submit?

PhD students and young researchers at an early career stage (up to 2 years after PhD completion).

Why to submit?

Participants will have the possibility to give short presentations about their research projects. Furthermore, we are happy to announce an invited talk by Dr. Grant Passmore, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Aesthetic Integration, London.

- The doctoral symposium offers an excellent opportunity to present your work in an international setting, and to get feedback from senior researchers in the field.
- The doctoral symposium lets you exchange knowledge and experiences with fellow PhD-students in a related topic.
- The best paper/presentation will be awarded.
- The selected contributions will be published as a technical report of the University of Oslo, Norway.

What to submit?

You are welcome to submit an extended abstract of 1-3 pages, describing your research project which you would like to present. Co-authors are allowed. The results may have been accepted or even published elsewhere. If you are author of an accepted iFM'18 publication, it is sufficient to submit the title, authors and abstract of that paper.

Multiple submissions by one author are not permitted. Submissions should be written in English and follow the EasyChair formatting guidelines, available at

Please submit your abstract electronically in pdf via the EasyChair page

The submitted abstracts will undergo a lightweight reviewing process. A symposium proceedings containing the accepted abstracts will be available as a technical report of the University of Oslo.