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

Paper accepted for JLAMP

The following paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming: Back to the Format: A Survey on SOS for Probabilistic Processes, by Valentina Castiglioni, Ruggero Lanotte (University …continue reading

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Conference Proceedings SEFM online

The proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods (SEFM 2023), held in Eindhoven on 6-10 November, is now available online. The conference, organised by Carla Ferreira, Jeroen Keiren, Thomas Neele …continue reading

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Paper accepted for BENEVOL 2023

The following paper has been accepted as technical paper for BENEVOL 2023: Compositional ioco using model-based mocking, note that this is work carried out by master student Jore Booy during his graduation project under supervision …continue reading

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Valentina Castiglioni, Myrthe Spronck and Matthias Volk join FSA

We’re very pleased to welcome Valentina, Myrthe and Matthias in FSA. Valentina and Matthias both started as assistant professor in FSA on 1 October, 2023. At the same time, Myrthe Spronck started as PhD candidate …continue reading

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Paper accepted for ACM TOCL

The following paper has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Computational Logic:Extensible Proof Systems for Infinite-State Systems, by Rance Cleaveland (University of Maryland, College Park) and Jeroen Keiren

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