Deadline March 10, 2009


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Advanced Study Institute of the
NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme

Supported by:


Gefördert durch den DAAD aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes.

Supported by Microsoft Research
and the town and the county of Marktoberdorf.

Logics and Languages


Reliability and Security

August 4 to August 16, 2009

Academic Directors

J. Esparza
O. Grumberg
M. Broy

Executive Director

Katharina Spies



The "Marktoberdorf Summer School" is a two weeks' course for young computer scientists and mathematicians working in the field of formal software and systems development. The course is designed to give an in-depth presentation of state-of-the-art topics, to promote international contacts and collaboration and to team up leading researchers and young scientists.

Scientific foundations provide models that enable us to capture application domains and their requirements, but also to understand the structure and working of programs. Within the last decade, program verifiers have been applied to critical applications, software model checking has made strides into industrial applications, and a number of research tools have been built using automatic program-verification technology. Formal methods for increasing the reliability and security of software follow two different approaches: the language-based and the logic-based. The objective of the Summer School 2009 is to present the state-of-the-art in these two approaches and their common semantic foundation. We have selected researchers with exceptional expertise and also well known for teaching and lively interaction with students on how to meet these challenges.


The topic of this year's Summer School will be presented by the following lecturers:

Patrick Cousot   Javier Esparza
Andy Gordon   Orna Grumberg
Gerhard J├Ąger   Antonin Kucera
Orna Kupferman   Xavier Leroy
Andrew Myers   Tobias Nipkow
Luke Ong   Andrei Sabelfeld


Previous training and experience in computer science as well as a solid background in mathematics are indispensable. The directors of the Summer School are allowed to award only a limited number of participants.

Requested are:

  • A letter of recommendation written by your supervisor
  • A letter of motivation written by yourself

    These letters are to explain why you should and wish to attend the Summer school. Based on this, all applications will be reviewed with due regard to find a fair distribution of these 80 places among all qualified applicants from the various countries. In your own behalf, pay attention to cover a recommendation significant for your qualification and research interests.

    Applications without one of these letters cannot be taken into consideration.

    (Both letters should be send by regular mail to our postal address mentioned below)


    The Summer School will be held at Marktoberdorf, a small town about 100 km southwest of Munich. All students will be accommodated in the boarding house (double rooms) of the local high school, Gymnasium Marktoberdorf. Due to the limited number of rooms accompanying persons cannot be lodged in the boarding house.

    All applicants will receive notice by May 30, 2009. Every person who is admitted to attend the Summer School as participant has to pay Euro 670 for the living expenses (covering accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, and social events) and Euro 840 for the participation fee (including working material - to be distributed upon arrival - and a copy of the final proceedings). An invoice to the respective amount will be sent to all participants together with a letter of acceptance. Payment of the invoice is due in advance and must be remitted to our bank account by June 30 at the very latest.

    It is hoped that you can obtain support for your travel and living expenses and for the participation fee from your institution or other sources in your own country. However, should this not be possible, limited funds are available for those participants who will need financial aid to cover a part of their costs. If a support for travel expenses is granted, the amount will be reimbursed to the participant during the Summer School at Marktoberdorf.

    Please fill in your application form properly and completely.

    We ensure confidentiality. Personal information will be used for the selection process only. Information between your Client and the Server will be encrypted.

    The directors and the organizing committee of the Summer School do not assume any responsibility or any liability for persons participating in the meeting.

  • Feel free to contact us via e-mail

    Phone: +49 (89) 289 - 17829
    Fax: +49 (89) 289 - 17307

    Postal address:
    K. Spies / Summer School
    Institut für Informatik
    Technische Universität München
    Boltzmannstr. 3
    85748 Garching (München)