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Haifa Verification Conference 2007

IBM Haifa Labs

Call for Papers

October 23 - 25, 2007
Organized by IBM Haifa Research Lab

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HVC 2007 is the third annual conference dedicated to advancing the verification and testing of both hardware and software. The conference provides a forum for academia, industry, and the research and development community to share their work, exchange ideas, and discuss the challenges and future directions of verification for hardware, software, and hybrid systems.

Verification methods generally divide into two paradigms � formal verification and dynamic verification (testing). Within each paradigm, different algorithms and techniques are used for hardware and software systems. Yet, at their core, all of these techniques aim to achieve the same goal of ensuring the correct functionality of a complicated system. HVC is the only conference that brings together researchers from all four fields, thereby encouraging the migration of methods and ideas between domains. To this end, we are announcing a special interest in hybrid methods for this year�s conference. We encourage the submission of works that exemplify the successful integration of ideas from different domains of expertise.

As in previous years, the post-conference proceedings will be published in Springer�s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS). In addition, the top 10%-20% papers accepted to HVC'07 will be invited to submit journal versions of their work to a special edited issue of STTT (

Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:
  • Simulation-based verification
  • Formal verification methods
  • High-level stimuli generation
  • Model checking
  • Equivalence checking
  • SAT-based verification algorithms
  • Classification of hardware bugs
  • Static analysis
  • Design for verifiability
  • Concurrency testing
  • Hardware/software co-verification
  • Debugging
  • Emulation and acceleration
  • Defect prevention
  • CSP-based functional verification
  • Test-driven development
  • Hybrid verification methods
  • Model-based testing
  • Verification coverage
  • Developer testing
  • Formal Specification Languages
  • Review and inspection
  • Semi-formal verification
  • Pair testing and first testing
  • Test automation frameworks
  • Automatic test generation

Keynote presentations

  • Bob Bentley (Intel Corporation)
  • Aarti Gupta (NEC Labs America)

Invited Speakers

  • Alan Hu (Univ. of British Columbia)
  • Robert Kurshan (Cadence)
  • Wolfgang Roesner (IBM Austin)
  • Andreas Zeller (Saarland University)


The lovely city of Haifa resides on a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Haifa is also the world center of the Baha�i faith, and the wondrous Baha'i gardens are a must-see attraction. The conference will be held in the modern building of IBM Haifa Research Labs, situated at the top of the mountain.


  • A special session will present a collection of the best published works of the year. These will be selected by a special committee and will present state-of-the-art theoretical advancements that have been achieved during the preceding year.
  • A "Best Paper Award" will be handed out.
  • The social events include a banquet and a speed-networking session. More details can be found on the conference website.

Paper Submission

All submitted papers should be in LNCS format. For details, see:

There are two categories of submissions:
  • Regular papers
    Regular paper submissions should describe original and unpublished work. Simultaneous submission to other conferences with proceedings or submission of previously published material is strictly forbidden. Regular papers should not exceed fifteen (15) pages in LNCS format. Submissions are accepted in electronic form (pdf), via the conference submission website. An early email to Karen Yorav ( with your intention to submit a paper would be appreciated.
  • Tool papers
    Tool submissions should describe a new tool and its features, and demonstrate its effectiveness using experimentation. Tool papers are required to show significant advancements compared with existing tools. Tool papers should not exceed five (5)pages in LNCS format. Tool presentations are expected to include a short demo.

Important dates

Submission deadline: July 05, 2007
Author notification: August 15, 2007
Conference gathering: October 23-25, 2007
Final version: November 19, 2007


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