The FSA group is a cluster in the  department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Research in the FSA group focusses on theories, techniques and tools for modelling and analysing the behaviours of (concurrent) systems.  Among others, we study process algebras, semantics, concurrency theory, model checking, logics, rewriting and satisfiability solving.


Application areas include protocols, hardware designs and industrial control systems. Examples include the verification of the control systems of the four large experiments in the Large Hadron Collider  at CERN; analysis of networks-on-chips;  formalisation of the industrial modelling and code generation language Dezyne; the analysis of the software architecture of the winning Stella Solar Car.


Tools developed by the group include mCRL2 (/ˈmak(ə)r(ə)l 2/ according to someand MaDL. mCRL2 is a process-algebraic language with an award winning tool set for modelling and analysing concurrent systems. MaDL is a language with associated verification techniques for micro-architectures. The techniques focus on scalable liveness verification.

Research Projects

  • Programming and Validating Software Restructurings (NWO MasCot Partnership, with TU Delft and Philips Healthcare)
  • Verification Based Remote & Secure Maintenance Solutions (OPZuid, with Compumatica, CORDIS and Additive Industries)
  • MACHINAIDE: Knowledge based services for and optimization of machines (ITEA3, with CORDIS, TNO ESI, KE-works and Lely industries)
  • Arrowhead Tools: project aims for digitalisation and automation solutions for the European industry (ECSEL)
  • FormaSig: Formal Methods in Railway Signalling Infrastructure Standardisation Projects (joint project with DB Netze A.G., ProRail, and the University of Twente; fully funded by DB Netze A.G. and ProRail)
  • VOICE-B: Verification of OIL Interfaces and Components for Engineers (funded by Océ-Technologies B.V.)
  • AVVA: Accelerated Verification and Verification Accelerated (NWO TOP grant)
  • MERITS: Model extraction for re-engineering traditional software (NWO Big Software, with Philips Healthcare)
  • VICTORIA: Verification In the Cloud TO Radically Improve Analyses (EU-FP7)
  • Formal verification of cache coherent multi-core architectures (NWO TOP grant)
  • DEWI: Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure (Artemis project)
  • ELVeN: Effective Layered Verification of Networks-on-Chips (NWO Open Competition)
  • EURO-MILS: Secure European virtualisation for trustworthy applications in critical domains (EU-FP7)
  • VOCHS: Verification of Complex Hierarchical Systems (NWO Open Competition)
  • Allegio: All lifecycles and legacy entities guaranteed in operation! (NWO Commit)
  • Functional Correctness of Communication Fabrics (Intel Corporation)
  • Verified: Verified, Economical and Robust Integrated Functionality for In-vehicle Embedded Development (Senter-Novem)
  • FVDAM: Formal Verification of Deadlock Avoidance Mechanisms (NWO Open Competition)
  • VALICHIP: Validatie van cell-libraries en IP in chip design (Point One, with Fenix and NXP)
  • TWINS: Optimizing HW-SW Co-design flow for software intensive system development (ITEA)
  • COMFORTS: A Common Framework for Reactive and Timed Systems (NWO BRICS-FOCUS)

Research Events

Parallel Model Checking

The paper “Using the parallel ATerm library for parallel model checking”, by Groote, Jilissen, Laveaux, Spaendonck, and Willemse has been published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science 13560, Springer. It describes how very substantial speedups …continue reading

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Paper presented at CONCUR 2022

The paper On the Axiomatisation of Branching Bisimulation Congruence over CCS by Luca Aceto, Valentina Castiglioni, Anna Ingólfsdóttir and Bas Luttik was presented at CONCUR 2022 on September 13, 2022. In the paper, which is …continue reading

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Tales of Electrologica

The book Tales of Electrologica. Computers, software and people, by Gerard Alberts and Jan Friso Groote is published in Springer’s History of Computing Series. It provides several accounts of the iconic X8 computer, built in …continue reading

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Proceedings FMICS 2022 available

The proceedings of Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) 2022, Warsaw, Poland, by Jan Friso Groote and Marieke Huisman are now available as LNCS 13487, Springer.

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Paper presented at SigSoft 2022

The paper Constructive Model Inference: Model Learning for Component-based Software Architectures by Bram Hooimeijer, Marc Geilen, Jan Friso Groote, Dennis Hendriks and Ramon Schiffeler has been presented at SigSoft 2022 in Lissabon, Portugal. The paper …continue reading

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