(4PAD 2018)

The 5th International Symposium on Formal Approaches to Parallel and Distributed Systems


As part of

The 16th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2018) or

July 16 – 20, 2018

Orléans, France

Paper Submission Deadline: April 08, 2018 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


The aim of 4PAD is to foster interaction between the formal methods communities and systems researchers working on topics in modern parallel, distributed, and network-based processing systems (e.g., autonomous computing systems, cloud computing systems, service-oriented systems and parallel computing architectures).

4PAD Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Rigorous software engineering approaches and their tool support;

  • Model-based approaches, including model-driven development;

  • Service- and component-based approaches;

  • Semantics, types and logics;

  • Formal specification and verification;

  • Performance analysis based on formal approaches;

  • Formal aspects of programming paradigms and languages;

  • Formal approaches to parallel architectures and weak memory models;

  • Formal approaches to deployment, run-time analysis, adaptation/evolution, reconfiguration, and monitoring;

  • Case studies developed/analyzed with formal approaches;

  • Formal stochastic models and analysis;

  • Formal methods for large-scale distributed systems;

  • Statistical analysis techniques based on formal approaches.


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to Formal Approaches to Parallel and Distributed Systems. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwise. For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the symposium paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission.

Conference Policies

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the HPCS 2018 conference to present the paper at the symposium as scheduled. By submitting the paper to the HPCS conference, all authors agree to abide by all HPCS conference paper submission, publication and presentation policies as well as following ethical and professional codes of conduct, including those of the professional co-sponsoring organizations. For more information, please refer to the Authors Info and Registration Info pages.

The symposium policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a manuscript under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge which that access provides.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2018 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.


Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website.

Furthermore, it is confirmed that after the 4PAD symposium, authors of selected papers will be invited to submitted extended version of their papers for possible publication in a special issue of the Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming (JLAMP,

If you have any questions about paper submission or the symposium, please contact the symposium organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 08 April 2018 - Extended

Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- 01 May 2018

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 15 May 2018

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- July 16 – 20, 2018


Frédéric Loulergue

School of Informatics, Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Phone: +1 (928) 523-5044

Fax: +1 (928)


Jean-Michel Couvreur

Université d’Orléans, LIFO, Orléans, France

Phone: +33 2 38 41 70 10

Fax: +33 2 38 41 71 37


International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the symposium technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2018 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2018 Proceedings.

  • Gul Agha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

  • Marco Aldinucci, University of Torino, Italy

  • Allan Blanchard, Inria, France

  • Simon Bliudze, Inria, France

  • Laura Bocchi, University of Kent, U.K.

  • Kento Emoto, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

  • Gidon Ernst, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

  • Joaquin Ezpeleta, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

  • Yliès Falcone, University of Grenoble Alpes, France

  • Serges Haddad, ENS Cachan, France

  • Ludovic Henrio, CNRS, France

  • Claude Jard, University of Nantes, France

  • Igor Konnov, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

  • Sandeep Kulkarni, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA

  • Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Neeraj Mittal, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA

  • Gwen Salaün, INRIA/University of Grenoble Alpes, France

  • Sven Schewe, University of Liverpool, U.K.

  • Elena Sherman, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

  • Francesco Tiezzi, University of Camerino, Italy

  • Enrico Tronci, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

  • Emilio Tuosto, University of Leicester, U.K.

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or or contact one of the Conference's organizers.