4th International School on
Formal Methods for the Design of
Computer, Communication and Software Systems:
Real Time

13-18 September 2004

Bertinoro University Residential Center


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Application deadline: 31 May 2004
Notification deadline: 11 June 2004
Registration deadline: 5 July 2004


Formal methods are emerging in computer science as a prominent approach to the rigorous design of computer, communication and software systems. The main aim of the SFM series is to offer a good spectrum of current research in foundations as well as applications of formal methods, which can be of interest for graduate students and young researchers who intend to approach the field.

Past editions:

This year SFM is devoted to formal methods and tools for the design of real-time systems. The school covers formalisms for modeling real-time systems (and their expressiveness), techniques for verifying the satisfaction of real-time constraints (possibly in the presence of probabilistic aspects), and their application to embedded and hybrid systems.

All the participants will receive a copy of a tutorial book published by Springer as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.


The school will be held in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 70 km south-east of Bologna, at an elevation of about 230 m. It is easily reached by train and bus from Bologna and is close to many splendid locations such as Urbino, Gradara, San Leo, and the Republic of San Marino, as well as some less well-known locations like the thermal springs of Fratta Terme. Bertinoro can also be a base for visiting some of the better-known Italian locations such as Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, Venezia, Padova, Verona, Firenze, Pisa, and Siena.

Bertinoro itself is picturesque, with its narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. The school will be held at the Centro Residenziale Universitario, an ex-episcopal fortress that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference center with computing facilities and Internet access. From the fortress it is possible to enjoy a beautiful vista that stretches from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.

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Prospective participants should send by 31 May 2004 the application form (plain text only) to the two e-mail addresses below:
Marco Bernardo Elena Della Godenza
bernardo@sti.uniurb.it edellagodenza@centrocongressibertinoro.it
by specifying in the form whether a grant is requested to cover part of the registration fee (no grant can be requested to cover the accommodation fee or the travel expenses).

The registration fee is 500 euros and includes the tutorial book.
The accommodation fee is 310 euros and covers the costs for the period 12-19 September 2004 (7 nights) in double room (to share with another participant), half board (breakfast and lunch, dinner of 12 September 2004 included, lunch of 19 September 2004 excluded).
The reduced accommodation fee for the participants who do not need a room is 100 euros and covers the costs for the period 12-18 September 2004 (6 lunches).

Notification of accepted/rejected applications and grant requests will be posted by 11 June 2004.
Registration to the school is due by 5 July 2004.
No refund is possible for cancellation after 22 August 2004.


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