Call for Papers

Overview and Scope

The 19th edition of the International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods will be held virtually between 6 and 10 December 2021. The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government, to advance the state of the art in formal methods, to facilitate their uptake in the software industry, and to encourage their integration within practical software engineering methods and tools.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of software engineering and formal methods.

Software Development Methods

  • Formal modeling, specification, and design
  • Software evolution, maintenance, re-engineering, and reuse

Design Principles

  • Programming languages
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Type theory
  • Abstraction and refinement

Software Testing, Validation, and Verification

  • Model checking, theorem proving, and decision procedures
  • Testing and runtime verification
  • Statistical and probabilistic analysis
  • Software synthesis
  • Lightweight and scalable formal methods
  • Analysis of dependability, performance and other non-functional properties
  • Resilience, security, privacy, and trust
  • Safety-critical, fault-tolerant, and secure systems
  • Software assurance and certification

Applications and Technology Transfer

  • Self-adaptive systems
  • Service-oriented and cloud computing systems, Internet of Things
  • Component-based and multi-agent systems
  • Real-time, hybrid, and cyber-physical systems
  • Intelligent systems and machine learning
  • HCI, interactive systems, and human error analysis
  • Education

Special topic at SEFM 2021: “Software Engineering and Formal Methods for Resilient and Trustworthy Autonomous Systems”

  • Resilient autonomous systems
  • Verification and assurance of autonomous systems
  • Mitigation of uncertainty and disruption in autonomous systems
  • Integration of conventional software and machine learning
  • Assurance patterns and assurance cases for autonomous systems

Case studies, best practices, and experience reports

Paper submission

We solicit two categories of papers:

  • Regular papers describing original research results, case studies, or surveys. Regular papers should not exceed 15 pages, excluding bibliography.
    Two more pages containing only references are permitted.

  • Tool papers that describe an operational tool and its contributions. Tool papers should not exceed 6 pages (including bibliography) and should include the URL of the tool.

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere.


Paper submission is done via EasyChair:

Papers must be formatted according to the guidelines for Springer LNCS papers.


All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of the conference, which will be published as a volume in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: Monday 19 July 2021 (AOE) Monday 26 July 2021 (AOE)
  • Paper submission: Friday 23 July 2021 (AOE) Friday 30 July 2021 (AOE)
  • Author notification: Friday 24 September 2021
  • Camera-ready submission: Friday 08 October 2021 Friday 15 October 2021
  • Conference: 6-10 December 2021