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FDL 2011
Forum on specification & Design Languages

September 13-15, 2011
Oldenburg, Germany

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Frank Oppenheimer, OFFIS, Oldenburg, Germany

Paper submission deadline: 01 May 2011 09 May 2011 (extended), 6 p.m. PDT (GMT-7 PST)
Special session & embedded tutorial proposal deadline: 14 May 2011
Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2011
Final versions of accepted papers & presenters' registration: 30 July 2011
Proposals for on-site meetings: 30 August 2011
FDL 2011: 13-15 Sept 2011

FDL is an international forum to exchange experiences and promote new trends in the application of languages, their associated design methods and tools for the design of electronic systems. The Forum is organized around four Thematic Areas (TA) described below and includes working sessions, poster sessions, embedded tutorials, panels and technical discussions. Industrial Workshops and Fringe Meetings such as user group or standardization meetings are also held in conjunction with the Forum.

1. ABD TA: Assertion Based Design, Verification & Debug
TA Chair: Dominique Borrione
ABD TA Description: The ABD Thematic Area welcomes research contributions, tool demonstrations, reports on standardization activities and effective applications in all aspects of innovative property expression and processing, with an emphasis on frontier design levels, verification, automatic synthesis and mechanized debug aids. The assertion of formal properties provides a uniform expression of expected system behaviour, or constraints that are assumed on the environment, for a variety of design tasks: verification of functional correctness, generation of test stimuli, synthesis of observation monitors and on-line tests, model checking on the reachable state space, direct synthesis from assertions, etc. Standardized formalisms such as PSL and SystemVerilog assertions were initially intended for synthesizable RTL; their application is now considered at transaction levels and for mixed system designs.

2. LBSD TA: Language-Based System Design
TA Chair: Martin Radetzki
LBSD TA Description: The LBSD TA addresses language-based modelling and design techniques for simulation, debugging, transformation, and analysis of digital hardware/software embedded systems. Contributions are welcome on innovative applications, language or library design, and methodological aspects. SystemC will undergo restandardization to keep up to date with users' needs. Hence, contributions on new applications and evolution of SystemC are highly welcome. Equally welcome are papers dealing with SystemVerilog, functional languages, UML in conjunction with executable specification, and emerging languages. Aspects of methodology, interoperability, simulation semantics, and models of computations will find an audience just like embedded software modelling techniques and technology or domain specific approaches, e.g. for signal processing applications or reconfigurable computing platforms. Moreover, transaction level modelling (TLM) with any language, IP-based system design (e.g. IP-XACT), modelling aspects in system synthesis, innovative industrial case studies, and efficient parallel simulation of high-level models are in scope.

3. EAMS TA: Embedded Analog and Mixed-Signal System Design
TA Chair: Christoph Grimm
EAMS TA Description: The EAMS TA addresses design, modeling, and verification of heterogeneous systems that include significant part of “analog” or “continuous” behavior such as cyber physical systems, wireless sensor networks, and of course analog/mixed-signal circuits. A new challenge is the tight interaction of analog or physical components with - maybe distributed - digital hardware/software systems. Topics of interest include specification, modeling, simulation, (symbolic) analysis, verification, design, (virtual) prototyping, and synthesis of analogue, mixed-signal, and mixed-technology systems, wireless sensor nets, and cyber physical systems. Focus of contributions should be on languages, models, representations, and tools such as VHDL-AMS, SystemC-AMS, Modelica, Matlab/Simulink, etc. The EAMS TA aims at presenting research activities, design experiences, and standardization issues related to these topics.

4. UMES TA: UML and MDE for Embedded System Specification & Design
TA Chair: Julio Medina
UMES TA Description: Model driven methods, mostly based on the Unified Modelling Language, increasingly support semi-formal methods for system level design of complex embedded systems including multi-core, highly programmable platforms and heterogeneous Systems-on-Chip. UMES related research topics in this field are Executable UML, model driven development, model transformations, UML semantics, meta-modelling, e.g., for SystemC and other System Description Languages or HDLs, UML profiles, e.g. SysML, MARTE, UML for SoC, and formalization of UML towards domain specific languages for simulation and synthesis. Other welcomed topics are standardization work, modelling languages for real-time and embedded systems, model driven techniques for performance analysis, validation and verification, SDL, AADL, OCL, XMI, and practical design experiences with UML or in general model driven engineering (MDE) approaches.


Regular papers provide comprehensive details on innovative and complete research or applicative work with evidence of experimental results. Regular papers may also include proposals for standardization. Authors are encouraged to outline work in progress, industrial case studies, or user experiences as short papers. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters in dedicated sessions, allowing to present advances achieved since submission. Submitted papers should be anonymous, are required to describe original unpublished work and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

After the conference papers and presentations will be published at the ECSI web page together with the keynote presentations (subject to confidentiality issues) and tutorial documents. In addition, the authors of the best regular papers will be invited to prepare an extended manuscript for publication in an edited book from Springer Science + Business Media publisher after the event.

Proposals for half-day (4 hours) embedded tutorials on specific topics around any of the four workshops will be accepted depending on topic relevance and evidence of a comprehensive agenda. A one page description of the tutorial including title, presenters, contents, and the relevant track(s) should be sent to fdl2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org. A maximum of three tutorial authors is recommended. Accepted tutorials will get one free registration to the Forum per tutorial.

Proposal for special sessions (panels, working sessions, standardization or user group meetings, etc.) around any of the four TA tracks are invited and will be accepted depending on their relevance and interest to the audience. They will be embedded in regular workshops. A one page description including title, participants, contents, and the relevant track(s) should be sent to fdl2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org. Companies, universities or other organizations wishing to demonstrate innovative tools and environments for the topics described above should send proposals to fdl2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org.

Steering Committee
Frank Oppenheimer, OFFIS (FDL2011 General Chair)
Tom Kazmierski, University of Southampton
Dominique Borrione, TIMA
Pierre Boulet, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Christoph Grimm, TU Vienna
Julio Medina, University of Cantabria
Jean Mermet, Safetronix
Adam Morawiec, ECSI
Martin Radetzki, University of Stuttgart
Wolfgang Rosenstiel, University of Tuebingen
Kari Tiensyrjä, VTT
Alain Vachoux, EPFL
Eugenio Villar, Univeristy of Cantabria
Sorin Huss, TU Darmstadt

ABD Technical Area Committee
ABD TA Chair: Prof. Dominique Borrione, TIMA
El Mostapha Aboulhamid, University of Montreal
Claudia Blank, Intel
Eduard Cerny, Synopsys
Emmanuelle Encrenaz, University Paris 6
Hans Eveking, Technical University of Darmstadt
Harry Foster, Mentor Graphics
Franco Fummi, University of Verona
Pierre Laurence, University of Grenoble
Ashraf Salem, Ain Shams University
Pablo Sanchez, University of Cantabria
Julien Schmaltz, Radboud University Nijmegen

EAMS Technical Area Committee
EAMS TA Chair: Prof. Christoph Grimm, TU Vienna
Martin Barnasconi, NXP Semiconductors
Ernst Christen, Synopsys
Umberto Gatti, Nokia-Siemens
Joachim Haase, FhG IIS/EAS Dresden
Jan Haase, TU Vienna
Lars Hedrich, University of Frankfurt
Egbert Molenkamp, University of Twente
Guido Schreiner, MathWorks
Serge Scotti, STMicroelectronics
David W. Smith, Synopsys
Peter Wilson, University of Southampton
Karsten Einwich, FhG-IIS/EAS
Marie-Minerve Louerat, UPMC
Alain Vachoux, EPFL
Tom Kazmierski, University of Southampton
Chris Myers, University of Utah
Alan Mantooth, University of Arkansas

LBSD Technical Area Committee
LBSD TA Chair: Martin Radetzki, University of Stuttgart
Jean-Philippe Babau, INSA Lyon
Tomas Bautista, IUMA Las Palmas
Mladen Berekovic, Univerisity of Braunschweig
Axel Braun, University of Tuebingen
Peter Flake, Elda
Joachim Gerlach, University of Albstadt-Sigmaringen
Daniel Große, University of Bremen
Christian Haubelt, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
Fernando Herrera, University of Cantabria
Lars Kruse, ChipVision
Bernhard Niemann, Fraunhofer, IIS
Hiren Patel, University of Waterloo
Martin Radetzki, University of Stuttgart
Ingo Sander, KTH Stockholm
Sandeep Shukla, Virginia Tech
Yves Vanderperren, EPO

UMES Technical Area Committee
UMES TA Chair: Julio Medina, University of Cantabria
Gjalt De Jong, ArchWorks
Robert De Simone, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis
Peter Green, UMIST, Manchester
Leandro Soares Indrusiak, University of York
Jan Jürjens, TU Dortmund and Fraunhofer ISST
Marcello Mura, Lugano University
Mauro Prevostini, Lugano University
Ralf Seepold, University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz
François Terrier, CEA
Dragos Truscan, Åbo Akademi University
Yves Vanderperren, EPO
Jeroen Voeten, Eindhoven University of Technology

Assertion Based Design, Verification & Debug TA Committee
Embedded Analog and Mixed-Signal System Design TA Committee
Language-Based System Design TA Committee
UML and MDE for Embedded System Specification & Design TA Committee

ECSI Office
office [at] ecsi [dot] org
fdl2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org
Ph: +33 4 76 63 49 34
Fax: +33 9 58 08 24 13

FDL 2011 is organized with the technical co-sponsorship of
IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)



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