RV'03 - Third Workshop on Runtime Verification

Satellite workshop of CAV'03.

July 13, 2003
Boulder, Colorado, USA

The objective of RV'03 is to bring scientists from both academia and industry together to debate on how to monitor, analyze and guide the execution of programs. The ultimate longer term goal is to investigate the use of lightweight formal methods applied during the execution of programs from the following two points of view. On the one hand, whether run-time application of formal methods is a viable complement to the current heavyweight methods proving programs correct always before their execution, such as model checking and theorem proving. On the other hand, whether the formality of the approach improves traditional ad-hoc monitoring techniques used in performance monitoring, distributed debugging, etc. Dynamic program monitoring and analysis can occur during testing or during operation. The subject covers several technical fields as outlined below.

Dynamic Program Analysis. Techniques that gather information during program execution and use it to conclude properties about the program, either during test or in operation. Algorithms for detecting multi-threading errors in execution traces, such as deadlocks and data races.

Specification Languages and Logics. Formal methods scientists have investigated logics and developed technologies that are suitable for model checking and theorem proving, but monitoring can reveal new observation-based foundational logics.

Program Instrumentation. Techniques for instrumenting/tracing programs, at the source code or object code/byte code level, to emit relevant events to an observer.

Program Guidance. Techniques for guiding the behavior of a program once its specification is violated (fault-tolerance). This ranges from standard exceptions to advanced planning. Guidance can also be used during testing to expose errors.

Novel applications for run-time verification. Formalisms that go beyond correctness properties. This includes, but certainly is not limited to, performance properties, survivability and fault tolerance, and so on.

Both foundational and practical aspects of monitoring are encouraged.

The proceedings have been published in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, Volume 89, Issue 2

Previous workshops:
RV'01 - First Workshop on Runtime Verification, Paris, July 2001
RV'02 - Second Workshop on Runtime Verification, Copenhagen, July 2002