Web Services and Formal Methods

9th International Workshop on Web Services and Formal Methods, WS-FM 2012
September 6-7, 2012, Tallinn, Estonia

co-located to BPM 2012

Logo of the BPM 2012 conference. WS-FM was co-located to the 10th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2012 (September 3-6, 2012).

Springer LNCS Proceedings

The proceedings are be published by Springer as LNCS, Volume 7843.

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Program Online

The program of WS-FM is available. For each talk, we also linked the presentation slides.

The aim of the WS-FM workshop series is to bring together researchers working on Web Services and Formal Methods in order to catalyze fruitful collaboration.

Web services are fundamental to cloud computing and other computing paradigms based on service-oriented architectures and applications. They make functional and autonomous building blocks available over the Internet, independent of platforms and programming languages, and both within and across organizational boundaries. These can then be described, located, orchestrated, and invoked. Virtualization technology has moreover led to the Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service notions.

Formal methods can play a fundamental role in research on these concepts. They can help define unambiguous semantics for the languages and protocols that underpin web service infrastructures, and provide a basis for checking the conformance and compliance of bundled services. They can also empower dynamic discovery and binding with compatibility checks against behavioral properties, quality of service requirements, and service-level agreements. The resulting possibility of formal verification and analysis of (security) properties and performance (dependability and trustworthiness) is essential to cloud computing and to application areas like e-commerce, e-government, e-health, workflow, business process management, etc. Moreover, the challenges raised by research on these concepts can extend the state of the art in formal methods.

The scope of the WS-FM workshop series is not limited to technological aspects. In fact, there is a strong tradition of attracting submissions on formal approaches to enterprise systems modeling in general, and business process modeling in particular. Potentially, this might have a significant and lasting impact on the ongoing standardization efforts in cloud computing technologies.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mathematical foundations of service-oriented and cloud computing
  • Security, trust, and privacy in service-oriented and cloud computing
  • Performance and dependability of services/clouds
  • Multi-tenancy, adaptability and evolvability in the cloud
  • Model-driven development of services/clouds
  • Quality of service and service-level agreements
  • Web service coordination and transactions
  • Web service ontologies and semantic descriptions
  • Goal-driven discovery and composition of web services
  • Semi-structured data management and XML technology
  • Types and logics for web services/clouds
  • Verification, analysis, and testing of services/clouds
  • Web services for business process management
  • Process management in the cloud
  • Enterprise modeling and business process modeling
  • Contractual issues between service providers and consumers
  • Innovative application scenarios for web services/clouds
  • Data services and data-centric process modeling
  • Standards and technologies for service-oriented and cloud computing
  • Case studies on formal methods in service-oriented and cloud applications
  • Case studies on formal methods in business process management

submit a paper

New June 6, 2013
LNCS proceedings now also available online.
May 8, 2013
WS-FM 2013 will be colocated to BPM 2013 and take place on August 29-30, 2013 in Beijing, China.
May 7, 2013
LNCS Proceedings appeared as LNCS volume 7843 and will be shipped to the authors soon.
July 27, 2012
List of accepted papers and information on the registration published.
June 4, 2012
Submission deadline extended.
February 20, 2012
Program Committee confirmed.
January 16, 2012
Website launched.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline
June 9, 2012 June 16, 2012
Author notification
July 21, 2012 July 26, 2012
Camera-ready copy
August 4, 2012
Workshop dates
September 6-7, 2012