Call for Papers: 2011 Refinement Workshop at FM '11

20 June 2011, colocated with FM 2011 at Limerick

Refinement is one of the cornerstones of a formal approach to software engineering: the process of developing a more detailed design or implementation from an abstract specification through a sequence of mathematically-based steps that maintain correctness with respect to the original specification.

The aim of this BCS FACS Refinement Workshop, is to bring together people who are interested in the development of more concrete designs or executable programs from abstract specifications using formal notations, tool support for formal software development, and practical experience with formal refinement methodologies.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, and discussion of common ground and key differences.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


Submissions will be reviewed, workshop proceedings will be published in Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science. A special issue of Formal Aspects of Computing will be produced afterwards, consisting of developments and extensions of workshop papers. These will be refereed in the usual fashion prior to acceptance by the journal.

Key Dates

The Refinement workshop will take place on June 20th colocated with FM 2011 at Limerick, Ireland.


Papers should be submitted to EasyChair by 21 March 2011. They should be no longer than 16 pages (A4, using a 10pt font). Format of accepted papers to be announced once electronic publishing arrangement is finalised.

History of the workshop

This 15th Refinement Workshop continues a long tradition in refinement workshops run under the auspices of the British Computer Society (BCS) FACS special interest group. Running since 1988, previous refinement workshops have been held at Cambridge, London, Bath etc.

In 1998 the BCS refinement workshop was combined with the Australasian Refinement Workshop to form the International Refinement Workshop, hosted alongside Formal Methods Pacific 1998 at The Australian National University. In 2002, the Refinement Workshop was held as an FME workshop in Copenhagen. This and five subsequent editions (Surrey, Macau, Oxford, Turku, Eindhoven) have had proceedings in ENTCS and a subsequent journal special issue (most in Formal Aspects of Computing, one in Science of Computer Programming). For more details, see here.

The Workshop Webpage is available from

Program committee

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