2nd Workshop on Formal Co-Simulation of Cyber-Physical Systems

A satellite event of SEFM2018

June 26, 2018, Toulouse, France


  • Instructions for post-proceedings with Springer LNCS have been sent to the authors (see also instructions below)
  • Extended versions of selected papers have been invited to contribute to a special issue on Software and System Modeling


Post-proceedings submission link:

Important dates:

  • September 7, 2018: deadline for submitting the paper details (i.e., title, authors, keywords)
  • September 28, 2018: deadline for submitting the final pdf of your paper

Formatting instructions & page limits:

  • Full papers: up to 16 pages LNCS format, including references
  • Short papers & demos: up to 6 pages LNCS format, including references


This workshop focuses on the integrated application of formal methods and co-simulation technologies in the development of software for Cyber-Physical Systems. Co-simulation is an advanced simulation technique that allows developers to generate a global simulation of a complex system by orchestrating and composing the concurrent simulation of individual components or aspects of the system. Formal methods link software specifications and program code to logic theories, providing developers with means to analyze program behaviors in a way that is demonstrably exhaustive. The two technologies complement each other. Using co-simulation, developers can create prototypes suitable to validate hypotheses embedded in formal models and formal properties to be analyzed of the software. This is fundamental to ensure that the right system is being developed. Using formal methods, developers can extend test results obtained with co-simulation runs, and ensure that the same results apply to all program states for all possible program inputs. This enables early detection of latent design anomalies.


The proposed workshop aims to give researchers and industrial practitioners a stage to demonstrate new methods and tools, present experience reports, discuss open challenges, and explore ideas for future development of frameworks integrating formal methods and co-simulation. Contributions are welcome on all aspects of system development, including specification, design, analysis, implementation and documentation of software for CPS. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of new co-simulation methods and tools
  • Integration of formal methods technologies in co-simulation methods and tools
  • Experience reports on using existing co-simulation methods and tools
  • Emerging standards for co-simulation
  • Modeling and analysis of safety properties of cyber-physical systems
  • Modeling and analysis of human-machine interfaces in cyber-physical systems
  • Modeling and analysis of security aspects of cyber-physical systems
  • Next-Generation cyber-physical systems


"Testing autonomous robots in virtual worlds"

Autonomous robots have decisional capabilities allowing them to accomplish missions in diverse and previously unknown environments. The mission-level validation of such systems typically involves test campaigns in the field, which are costly and potentially risky in case of misbehavior. In this talk, I will discuss an alternative approach based on simulation: the robot is immersed in virtual worlds, and can be tested in a wide variety of situations without incurring damage. I will take the example of testing the autonomous navigation of outdoor robots. I will share the insights and results gained from two case studies: Mana, an academic rough-terrain robot developed at LAAS-CNRS, and Oz, an agricultural robot for autonomous weeding developed by Naïo Technologies.


Session 1: Opening & Keynote (09:05 - 10:15)

  • 09:05 - 09:15 Welcome to the CoSim-CPS workshop
  • 09:15 - 10:15 Keynote: Testing autonomous robots in virtual worlds [SLIDES] (Helen Waeselynck)

(Coffee break)

Session 2: Co-simulation algorithms & tools (11:00 - 12:30)


Session 3: Co-Simulation Technology Showcase

(Coffee break)

Session 4: Late breaking work (16:00 - 17:00)


  • Cinzia Bernardeschi, University of Pisa, Italy, cinzia (dot) bernardeschi (at) iet (dot) unipi (dot) it
  • Paolo Masci, INESC TEC and Universidade do Minho, Portugal, paolo (dot) masci (at) inesctec (dot) pt
  • Peter Gorm Larsen, Aarhus University, Denmark, pgl (at) eng (dot) au (dot) dk


  • Giovanna Broccia, University of Pisa
  • José Creissac Campos, INESC TEC & Universidade do Minho
  • Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London
  • Fabio Cremona, United Technologies Research Center
  • Andrea Domenici, University of Pisa
  • Adriano Fagiolini, University of Palermo
  • Leo Freitas, Newcastle University
  • Claudio Gomes, University of Antwerp
  • Maurizio Palmieri, University of Pisa
  • Mario Porrmann, Bielefeld University
  • Akshay Rajhans, MathWorks
  • Matteo Rossi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Neeraj Singh, INPT-ENSEEIHT / IRIT, University of Toulouse
  • Marjan Sirjani, Malardalen University & Reykjavik University
  • Frank Zeyda, University of York
  • Yi Zhang, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration (CDRH/FDA)
  • Mo Zhao, MathWorks