FORTE/PSTV 2000 is a single, articulated event consisting of a Tutorial day followed by a three-day Conference; both focus on Formal Methods for the development (requirements capture, specification, verification, performance analysis, implementation, testing) of distributed systems and communication protocols. A multidisciplinary Satellite Workshop, in parallel with the Tutorials, is meant to explore applications of Formal Methods to a variety of other fields. Several approaches are considered, based on Process Algebras (CCS, pi-calculus, LOTOS, stochastic), Extended Automata, (SDL, Estelle, timed automata, statecharts, reactive), Set Theory (B, Z, VDM), Petri Nets, Logics (temporal, TLA), Abstract Data Types (OBJ, Larch) and other standard notations (MSCs, ASN.l TTCN, etc). FORTE/PSTV has been and still is the only international conference to provide such a wide coverage of theory and application of Formal Methods, perhaps with the exception of FM'99 (World Congress on Formal Methods for Computing Systems - Toulouse). A demo-room shall be available during the conference for industrial and academic tool demonstrations. The objective of the conference project is to continue providing an internationally recognized forum for presentation of the state of the art in theory, application, tools and industrialization of Formal Methods, and to provide a comprehensive orientation for young researchers and newcomers.
The topic of Formal Methods has quite strong European roots. As the attention to this topic increases outside Europe, and, most notably, in the United States, this first Italian edition of the Conference will once more represent a European contribution to an area of Computer Science where Europe can still claim some leadership.