[Iris-Club] VerifyThis 2021: Call for Participation + Grants + Prizes

Siddharth Krishna t-sikris at microsoft.com
Thu Mar 11 14:52:00 CET 2021


VerifyThis Verification Competition 2021


Competition to be held at ETAPS 2021 (Virtual)




Registration deadline: March 13, 2021
Competition: March 26 and 27, 2021


VerifyThis 2021 is a program verification competition taking place as part of
the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS 2021)
on 26 and 27 March 2021. It is the 9th event in the VerifyThis competition
series. Information on previous events and participants can be found at:

The aims of the competition are:
- to bring together those interested in formal verification, and to provide
an engaging, hands-on, and fun opportunity for discussion, and
- to evaluate the usability of logic-based program verification tools in a
controlled experiment that could be easily repeated by others.

The competition will offer a number of challenges presented in natural language
and pseudo code. Participants have to formalize the requirements, implement a
solution, and formally verify the implementation for adherence to the

There are no restrictions on the programming language and verification
technology used. The correctness properties posed in problems will have the
input-output behaviour of programs in focus. Solutions will be judged for
correctness, completeness and elegance.


Participation is open for anybody interested. Teams of up to two people are
allowed. VerifyThis will be a virtual event with some synchronous sessions via
video call, and a 24 hour window for teams to solve problems at their own
convenience. More details and a full program will be announced on the website.

We particularly encourage participation of:
    - people from under-represented communities
    - student teams (this includes PhD students)
    - non-developer teams using a tool someone else developed
    - several teams using the same tool


The competition has funds for a limited number of registration grants, sponsored
by Amazon AWS. Grants will cover the registration costs for ETAPS. To apply for
a grant, fill out the relevant section of the registration form and, if you are
a student, have your supervisor send a brief letter of support to the following
verifythis at googlegroups.com<mailto:verifythis at googlegroups.com>


Thanks to our sponsors, VerifyThis typically offer team prizes such as the best
overall team, the most distinguished tool features and the best student team.
As VerifyThis 2021 will be a virtual event, we plan to increase the number of
team prizes and the prize money amount this year. VerifyThis 2021 prizes are
sponsored by Amazon AWS.


Please register by filling out the following form:

Deadline: March 13, 2021

* Siddharth Krishna, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
* Wytse Oortwijn, ESI (TNO), Netherlands

* Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, the Netherlands
* Rosemary Monahan, Maynooth University, Ireland
* Peter Müller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
* Mattias Ulbrich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Email: verifythis at googlegroups.com<mailto:verifythis at googlegroups.com>
Web: http://verifythis.ethz.ch

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