Research

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.

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

  • 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)
  • 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

Paper on XACML in FORTE 2022

A paper by Hamed Arshad, Ross Horne, Christian Johansen, Olaf Owe and Tim Willemse, dealing with mCRL2-powered analysis of access control policies, specified in XACML, has been accepted for FORTE 2022.

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Paper accepted for presentation at TACAS 2022

The paper “On-The-Fly Solving for Symbolic Parity Games“, by Maurice Laveaux, Wieger Wesselink and Tim Willemse, has been accepted for the ETAPS 2022 conference TACAS. The paper describes how to use on-the-fly solving techniques during …continue reading

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Journal paper on non-linear pattern matching accepted for LMCS

The journal paper “Adaptive Non-Linear Pattern Matching Automata” by Rick Erkens and Maurice Laveaux has been accepted for publication in the FSCD2020 special issue of Logical Methods in Computer Science.

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Journal paper on the formal verification of OIL component specifications accepted for STTT

The journal paper “Formal verification of OIL component specifications using mCRL2” by Olav Bunte, Louis van Gool and Tim Willemse has been accepted for the special issue FMICS 2019/2020 of the journal on Software Tools …continue reading

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Keynote presentation by Luca Aceto on the axiomatisation of parallel composition at LICS 2021

On Friday July 2, 2021, our colleague Luca Aceto from Reykjavik University delivered an invited talk at LICS 2021 entitled In search of lost time: Axiomatising parallel composition in process algebras. An article with the …continue reading

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