2016 Software Verification

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Mathematical and Computing Science
Minamide Yasuhiko  Masuhara Hidehiko 
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Tue7-8(W832)  Fri7-8(W832)  
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Course description and aims

This course covers the theories for software verification such as operational semantics, Hoare logic, model checking, automata over infinite words.

Student learning outcomes

Students understand the theories related to software verification and get better understanding of various computation models.


operational semantics, Hoare logic, model checking, automaton over infinite words

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures will be given according to the following schedule. For the latter half, we choose several topics as such pushdown model checking, timed automata, and tree automata.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Semantics of programming languages: denotational semantics, operational semantics Understand the basics of semantics of programming languages
Class 2 Hoare Logic(1): Understand the basics of Hoare logic
Class 3 Hoare Logic(2): soundness and relative completeness Understand the soundness of Hoare logic
Class 4 Review: the theory of automata Review the theory of automata
Class 5 automata over infinite words(1) Understand what are automata over infinite words
Class 6 automata over infinite words(2) Understand the basic theory of automata over infinite words
Class 7 Temporal logic: LTL , CTL Understand the basics of temporal logic
Class 8 Model checking(1) Understand the basics of model checking
Class 9 Model checking(2) Understand some algorithms for model checking


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

The following is reference books related to this course.
*Formal Semantics of Programming Languages, Glynn Winskel, MIT Press, 1993.
*Automata Theory: An Algorithmic Approach, Javier Esparza.(https://www7.in.tum.de/~esparza/automatanotes.html)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed based on scores of exams and exercise problems.

Related courses

  • MCS.T214 : Theory of Automata and Languages
  • MCS.T334 : Compiler Construction

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students require the knowledge of automata and context-free grammars.

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