Research

The FSA group is part of the Model-Driven Software Engineering section of 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, model checking, logics, rewriting and satisfiability solving.

Applications

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

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

  • 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)
  • ASOME² (TU/e and ASML, IMPULS II)
  • 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

We are hiring PhD students/postdocs!

We currently have four open positions for PhD students and one open position for a postdoctoral researcher. The open positions are in various externally funded projects. Contact us for more information!

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Paper accepted in FACS2018 special issue

The paper “Finding Compact Proofs for Infinite-Data Parameterised Boolean Equation Systems” by Thomas Neele, Tim Willemse and Jan Friso Groote was accepted for publication in the FACS2018 special issue of Science of Computer Programming. This …continue reading

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Paper on up-to techniques for branching bisimilarity accepted at SOFSEM 2020

The paper “Up-to Techniques for Branching Bisimilarity” by Rick Erkens, Jurriaan Rot and Bas Luttik has been accepted for presentation at SOFSEM 2020 in Limassol, Cyprus.

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Paper accepted at Express

The paper Distribution of Behaviour into Parallel Communicating Subsystems by Omar Alduhaiby and Jan Friso Groote has been accepted for Express 2019.

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Paper on the formal analysis with mCRL2 of a railway interlocking accepted at FMICS 2019

The paper “Formal Modelling and Verification of an Interlocking using mCRL2” by Mark Bouwman, Bob Janssen, and Bas Luttik has been accepted for presentation at FMICS 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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