Call for Papers

Overview and Scope

The 20th edition of the International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods (SEFM'22) will be held Sept. 28 - 30, 2022, with workshops on Sept. 26 and 27 and a SEFM school Sept. 21-24. 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 conference and workshops will be in-person-only at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend SEFM'22 to present the paper.

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
  • Automated software engineering
  • 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 and repair
  • 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
  • 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

Applications and Technology Transfer

  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Experience reports
  • Educational topics

Special topic at SEFM 2022: “Software Engineering and Formal Methods for Intelligent and Learning Systems”

  • Formal specification of tasks for ML
  • Data management and data preparation
  • Autonomous and self-adaptive systems
  • Test generation for ML components
  • Verification of safety and security for artificial intelligence
  • Integration of conventional software and machine learning
  • AI for the improvement of formal methods
  • Use of AI in software engineering

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 be marked as such and should not exceed 6 pages (including bibliography) and should include the URL of the tool, which should contain an executable artifact for evaluation.

  • Industrial papers that are mainly written by participants from industry and describe the usage of formal methods in industrial applications, case studies, best practices, or experience reports. Industrial paper should be marked as such, and are also limited to 6 pages (including bibliography).

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.

Special Journal Issue

The Program Committee of SEFM 2022 will invite a selection of accepted papers to submit extended versions to a special issue of the Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM).

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: Monday 20 Jun 2022 (AOE)
  • Paper submission: Sunday 26 Jun 2022 (AOE)
  • Author notification: Sunday 24 July 2022
  • Camera-ready submission: Sunday 7 August 2022
  • Conference: 28-30 September 2022