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CISC/CMPE422, CISC835: Formal Methods in Software Engineering (Fall 2020)

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Juergen Dingel, Goodwin Hall 723, dingel at cs dot queensu dot ca

General Description
Modern software development inevitably requires the design and analysis of a number of different artifacts. Formal methods allow the mathematically precise formulation of some of these artifacts. For instance, formulas in predicate logic capture operational requirements, state machines describe the behaviour of code fragments and protocols, and object models capture static designs. The advantage of using these formal notations is that they typically improve the overall quality of the artifacts by removing ambiguities and imprecisions, and enabling automatic analyses that establish desirable properties or uncover undesirable properties. Consequently, the use of formal methods is indicated in domains in which the software has to meet very high quality standards and failure cannot be tolerated such as air-traffic control. Moreover, the abstraction and automation capabilities of some formal techniques present a powerful weapon against the ever-increasing complexity of software.

CISC422 is an introduction to the use of formal methods for the specification, design, and automatic analysis of software systems. The course will present a variety of specification notations (propositional and predicate logic, Z, Alloy, UML/OCL, temporal logic), and discuss corresponding analysis techniques (theorem proving, constraint solving, animation, runtime monitoring, model checking) using existing commercial and research tools (Jape, Alloy, USE, SMV). The course is most suited for students with a general background in computer science or computer engineering and in interest in the theory and practise of software development.

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