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/and 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

Proceedings TACAS 2021 are online

The proceedings of TACAS 2021 are online (LNCS 12651 and LNCS 12652). Editors are J.F. Groote and K.G. Larsen. They are open access.

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Two Assistant Professor and/or Support Positions in FSA

The Formal System Analysis group has two vacancies for tenured/tenure track assistant professor and/or support staff positions. More information about these positions can be found here. Screening has started. The application deadline is 30 April, …continue reading

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Paper on the axiomatisability of parallel composition accepted for presentation at CSL 2021

The paper Are Two Binary Operators Necessary to Finitely Axiomatise Parallel Composition? by Luca Aceto, Valentina Castiglioni, Wan Fokkink, Anna Ingolfsdottir and Bas Luttik has been accepted for presentation at CSL 2021, which will take …continue reading

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Paper accepted at Concur2020

A paper containing a near-linear time algorithm for weak bisimilarity for Markov chains, by Jansen, Groote, Timmers and Yang has been accepted at Concur 2020. The paper provides an average time O(m log^4 n) algorithm, …continue reading

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Paper on system level liveness verification in xMAS accepted for FMCAD 2020

The paper “Effective System Level Liveness Verification” by Alexander Fedotov, Jeroen Keiren and Julien Schmaltz has been accepted for presentation at FMCAD 2020, which will take place as an online conference. The paper introduces a …continue reading

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