SPIN 2018

25th International Symposium on Model Checking of Software
Málaga, Spain, June 20-22, 2018


The 25th edition of the SPIN symposium aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in automated tool-based techniques for the analysis of software as well as models of software, for the purpose of verification and validation. The symposium specifically focuses on concurrent software, but does not exclude analysis of sequential software. Submissions are solicited on theoretical results, novel algorithms, tool development, and empirical evaluation.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Formal verification techniques for automated analysis of software
    • Formal analysis for modeling languages, such as UML/state charts
  • Formal specification languages, temporal logic, design-by-contract
  • Model checking
  • Automated theorem proving, including SAT and SMT
  • Verifying compilers
  • Abstraction and symbolic execution techniques
  • Static analysis and abstract interpretation
  • Combination of verification techniques
  • Modular and compositional verification techniques
  • Verification of timed and probabilistic systems
  • Automated testing using advanced analysis techniques
  • Combination of static and dynamic analyses
  • Derivation of specifications, test cases, or other useful material via formal analysis
  • Case studies of interesting systems or with interesting results
  • Engineering and implementation of software verification and analysis tools
  • Benchmark and comparative studies for formal verification and analysis tools
  • Formal methods education and training
  • Insightful surveys or historical accounts on topics of relevance to the symposium
Important Dates
Submission deadline (Extended) April 3, 2018 (anywhere on Earth) 
Notification of acceptance April 27, 2018 (New)
Camera-Ready Paper May 5, 2018 
Symposium June 20 – 22, 2018

Authors are encouraged to upload a draft (containing at least the title and abstract) as soon as possible to make it easier the review process. New versions can be uploaded by the extended deadline.

Submission Guidelines

The proceedings of SPIN will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. A selection of papers will be invited to a special issue of the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (JCR 2016: 1.612).

With the exception of survey and history papers, the papers should contain original work which has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should adhere to the LNCS format:

LNCS Information for Authors

We are soliciting three categories of papers:

  • Full Research Papers describing fully developed work and complete results (16 pages – references are not included in this limit);
  • Short Papers presenting tools, technology, experiences with lessons learned, new ideas, work in progress with preliminary results, and novel contributions to formal methods (6 pages – references are not included in this limit).
  • Tool demo papers presenting the foundations, capabilities, application domains and relevant examples using the tools, with a clear description of what is expected to be shown in a live demonstration (4 pages to describe the tool foundations, features and use examples, plus an appendix explaining the content of the demo).

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair SPIN 2018 submission website:

All papers that conform to submission guidelines will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee.  Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work.

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the symposium and present the paper.

Best Paper award will be given and announced at the conference.

Invited Tutorial
  • Irina Mariuca Asavoae & Markus Roggenbach  (Swansea University)
Invited Speakers
  • Klaus Havelund (NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Radu Iosif (Verimag)
  • Doron Peled (Bar Ilan University)
  • Rémi Delmas (ONERA)
Program Chairs
  • María del Mar Gallardo, University of  Málaga, Spain (
  • Pedro Merino, University of Málaga, Spain  (
Program Committee
  • María Alpuente, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
  • Dragan Bosnacki, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Rance Cleaveland, University of Maryland, USA
  • Stefan Edelkamp, King’s College London, UK
  • Hakan Erdogmus, Carnegie Mellon, USA
  • Stefania Gnesi, CNR, Italy
  • Patrice Godefroid, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Klaus Havelund,  NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
  • Gerard Holzmann, Nimble Research, USA
  • Radu Iosif, Verimag, France
  • Frédéric Lang, INRIA, France
  • Kim Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Stefan Leue, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Irina Mariuca Asavoae, Swansea University, UK
  • Alice Miller, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Corina Pasareanu, CMU/NASA Ames, USA
  • Doron Peled, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Charles Pecheur, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Neha Rungta, Amazon Web Services, USA
  • Antti Valmari, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Jaco Van de Pol, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Farn Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Steering Committee
  • Dragan Bosnacki, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands (chair)
  • Susanne Graf, Verimag, France
  • Gerard Holzmann, Nimble Research, USA
  • Stefan Leue, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Neha Rungta, Amazon Web Services, USA
  • Jaco Van de Pol, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University, South Africa