CALL FOR PAPERS
|Formal Methods in Aerospace: Techniques from Logic, Mathematics and AI|
|A special issue of the journal:|
|Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence|
|[ Deadline: 10th March 2010 ]|
|PDF version of this Call for Papers|
The wide diversity of aerospace systems provides a strong source of new problems for logical/mathematical/AI methods. These systems might be satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial or other kinds of flying robots, or even traditional aircraft. Such systems can be involved in complex activities such as space exploration, telecommunication support, fire detection, geo-mapping, weather prognoses, geo-rectification, search and rescue, naval traffic surveillance, tracking high value targets. From these applications, new research problems appear: autonomy, collective behaviour, information fusion, cognitive skills, coordination, flocking; etc. In addition, new concepts must be formalised: digital pheromones, swarms, system of systems of robots, sensing, physical actuation, and so on.
Aerospace systems are not only safety critical, but also mission critical and have very high performance requirements. For example, there is no safety issue regarding a planetary rover, but the system performance must justify the great cost of deploying it. Consequently, aerospace enriches traditional formal analysis methods topics with new (or, at least, rarely investigated) research issues.
Formal modelling and analysis approaches could greatly benefit from integration with approaches from other disciplines, and many such opportunities are now appearing. A good example is the problem of coordination for platoons of UAVs or satellites, which have been successfully tackled using various techniques from control engineering and numerical tools from dynamic programming. In addition, there exist an abundance of examples of Artificial Intelligence techniques in aerospace (target tracking, rover planning, multi-agent technologies and so on). The implementation of these methods could benefit from formal analysis and development. From the cross-fertilization of related multidisciplinary approaches, we expect more robust, safe and mechanizable modelling, development and verification methods for aerospace systems.
This special issue is inspired by the FMA workshop held as part of FM-2009. However, submission to this special issue is open to everyone.
Queries concerning this special issue should be directed to any of the editors. Up-to-date information will also be available from http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~michael/AMAI10
|Submission deadline:||10th March 2010|
|Author notification:||10th May 2010|
|Revised papers due:||10th June 2010|
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