Bytecode 2012
Seventh Workshop on Bytecode Semantics,
Verification, Analysis and Transformation

A Satellite workshop of ETAPS 2012
Tallinn, Estonia,
31 March 2012



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Description of the workshop

Bytecode, such as produced by e.g., Java and .NET compilers, has become an important topic of interest, both for industry and academia. The industrial interest stems from the fact that bytecode is typically used for Internet and mobile device applications (smart cards, phones, etc.), where security is a major issue. Moreover, bytecode is device independent and allows dynamic loading of classes, which provides an extra challenge for the application of formal methods. Also the unstructuredness of the code and the pervasive presence of the operand stack provide further challenges for the analysis of bytecode. This workshop will focus on theoretical and practical aspects of semantics, verification, analysis, certification and transformation of bytecode.

Research on bytecode is an ideal test bench for the application of formal methods to real languages. There is a major pressure in this sense, because security is a hot topic for bytecode applications in embedded devices. However, the scientific community on bytecode semantics, verification, analysis, and transformation is currently fragmented., and researchers often come from the two distinct worlds of industry and academia. Therefore, the aim of our workshop is to let researchers and practitioners from both the industrial and the academic world present new or preliminary results and demonstrate new software tools that are of interest for the community as a whole.

The workshop will be a mixture of extended abstracts, position papers, and invited presentations. Goal is to make the workshop an active discussion forum for all work related to bytecode. No formal proceedings of the workshop will be published, but selected papers might be invited for a special issue of Science of Computer Programming.

Important Dates

Paper submission: January 4, 2012
Notification: January 26, 2012
Final version: February 6, 2012

Submission information

We solicit extended abstracts and position papers of at most 8 pages, describing work related to semantics, verification, analysis and transformation. In particular, we explicitly welcome tool demonstrations. Submissions may overlap with submissions to other conferences or journals. There will be a light-weight reviewing process, where submissions will be judged on their interest to the workshop audience.

There will not be any formal proceedings of the workshop. All accepted submissions will be distributed among the workshop participants. After the workshop, presenters of extended abstracts, position papers, tool demos and of invited presentations may be invited to contribute to a special issue of Science of Computer Programming. Invitations will be based on submissions and presentations.

Papers can be submitted (as PDF) through the easy chair page.

Organisers and Committee


Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, Netherlands.

All questions about the workshop can be addressed to her via mail.

Workshop Committee

Elvira Albert, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
June Andronick, NICTA, Australia
Massimo Bartoletti, University of Cagliari, Italy
Lennart Beringer, Princeton University, USA
Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, Netherlands
Francesco Logozzo, Microsoft Research, USA
Peter Müller, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Tamara Rezk, INRIA Sophia Antipolis-Mediterranee, France
Bernhard Scholz, University of Sydney, Australia
Fausto Spoto, University of Verona, Italy

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