Formal Methods

At RISC we understand by formal methods the application of methods from symbolic computation (especially from formal logic) to rigorously reason about properties of computer programs, in particular to verify their correctness with respect to a specification.

The term "formal methods" applies to all techniques that make computer software and computing systems subject to formal reasoning. By treating a computer program as a mathematical object with a formal semantics, we can rigorously argue about its behavior, e.g., why it always computes the correct result; this reasoning can be supported or even automated by corresponding software. Formal methods are industrially applied wherever computer/program failures are not acceptable, e.g. to mission-critical software, computer chips, or communication protocols.

Formal methods comprise at least two aspects:

  1. "Specification" means to describe the expected behavior of a program in a mathematically precise way (e.g. as a logic formula, see the "ensures" clause in the attached picture which gives the specification of a program).
  2. "Verification": means to demonstrate with mathematical rigor that every possible execution of the program does not crash and indeed satisfies its specification, preferably with computer support (by reasoners that apply proof-based techniques or by model checkers that investigate the space of all possible executions).

Furthermore, the "Validation" of a specification aims to ensure that this specification actually describes the intended behavior; thus the verification of a program with respect to this specification indeed demonstrates that the program satisfies the properties that we are interested in.

Even if the complete verification of a program may sometimes not be feasible, a "light-weight" application of formal methods may help to increase our confidence in the correctness of a program:

  • "Extended Static Checking" and "Bounded Model Checking" apply logic-based techniques to detect errors in a program; while these techniques do not necessarily ensure that a program is correct (they falsify a program rather than verifying it), they at least raise its quality;
  • "Runtime Verification" supervises the execution of a program by an automatically generated monitor that triggers a warning if the program violates its specification; while this does not rule out possible future errors, it at least ensures that the execution so far has been correct.

The support respectively automation of all these aspects by software (automated program verifiers, interactive verification assistants, model checkers, static program analyzers, specification analyzers) is a hot topic of research.

Software

RISC ProgramExplorer

An Interactive Program Reasoning Environment

The RISC ProgramExplorer is a computer-supported program reasoning environment for a simple imperative programming language "MiniJava"; it incorporates the RISC ProofNavigator as a semi-automatic proving assistant. The environment has been developed mainly for educational purposes (see this paper for a ...

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RISC ProofNavigator

An Interactive Proof Assistant for Program/System Verification

The RISC ProofNavigator is an interactive proof assistant for supporting formal reasoning about computer programs and computing systems, see the README file and this short paper for the main ideas; it is the core reasoning component of the RISC ProgramExplorer. ...

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RISCAL

The RISC Algorithm Language: A Language and Associated Software System for Specifying and Verifying Mathematical Algorithms

The RISC Algorithm Language (RISCAL) is a specification language and associated software system for describing mathematical algorithms, formally specifying their behavior based on mathematical theories, and validating the correctness of algorithms, specifications, and theories by execution/evaluation. The software has been ...

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Publications

2019

[Cerna]

Evaluation of the VL Logic (342.208-9) 2018W End of Semester Questionnaire

David M. Cerna

Feburary 2019. [pdf] [xlsx]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5885,
author = {David M. Cerna},
title = {{Evaluation of the VL Logic (342.208-9) 2018W End of Semester Questionnaire}},
language = {english},
abstract = {In this technical report we cover the choice of layout and intentions behind our end of the semester questionnaire as well as our interpretation of student answers, resulting statistical analysis, and inferences. Our questionnaire is to some extent free-form in that we provide instructions concerning the desired content of the answers but leave the precise formulation of the answer to the student. Our goal, through this approach, was to gain an understanding of how the students viewed there own progress and interest in the course without explicitly guiding them. Towards this end, we chose to have the students draw curves supplemented by short descriptions of important features. We end with a discussion of the benefits and downsides of such a questionnaire as well as what the results entail concerning future iterations of the course. },
year = {2019},
month = {Feburary},
length = {17},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Cerna]

The Castle Game

David M. Cerna

2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5886,
author = {David M. Cerna},
title = {{The Castle Game}},
language = {english},
abstract = {A description of a game for teaching certain aspects of first-order logic based on the Drink's Paradox. },
year = {2019},
length = {3},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Cerna]

Manual for AXolotl

David M. Cerna

2019. [pdf] [zip] [jar]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5887,
author = {David M. Cerna},
title = {{Manual for AXolotl}},
language = {english},
abstract = {In this document we outline how to play our preliminary version of \textbf{AX}olotl. We present a sequence of graphics illustrating the step by step process of playing the game. },
year = {2019},
length = {9},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Cerna]

AXolotl: A Self-study Tool for First-order Logic

David Cerna

May 2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5936,
author = {David Cerna},
title = {{AXolotl: A Self-study Tool for First-order Logic}},
language = {english},
year = {2019},
month = {May},
length = {4},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Cerna]

A Generic Framework for Higher-Order Generalizations

David M. Cerna, Temur Kutsia

In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Formal Structures for Computation and Deduction (FSCD 2019), Herman Geuvers (ed.), Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) 131, pp. 10:1-10:19. 2019. Schloss Dagstuhl, ISSN 1868-8969. [url]
[bib]
@inproceedings{RISC5947,
author = {David M. Cerna and Temur Kutsia},
title = {{A Generic Framework for Higher-Order Generalizations}},
booktitle = {{Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Formal Structures for Computation and Deduction (FSCD 2019)}},
language = {english},
series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
volume = {131},
pages = {10:1--10:19},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl},
isbn_issn = {ISSN 1868-8969},
year = {2019},
editor = {Herman Geuvers},
refereed = {yes},
length = {19},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.FSCD.2019.10}
}
[Cerna]

On the Complexity of Unsatisfiable Primitive Recursively defined $\Sigma_1$-Sentences

David M. Cerna

2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5981,
author = {David M. Cerna},
title = {{On the Complexity of Unsatisfiable Primitive Recursively defined $\Sigma_1$-Sentences}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We introduce a measure of complexity based on formula occurrence within instance proofs of an inductive statement. Our measure is closely related to {\em Herbrand Sequent length}, but instead of capturing the number of necessary term instantiations, it captures the finite representational difficulty of a recursive sequence of proofs. We restrict ourselves to a class of unsatisfiable primitive recursively defined negation normal form first-order sentences, referred to as {\em abstract sentences}, which capture many problems of interest; for example, variants of the {\em infinitary pigeonhole principle}. This class of sentences has been particularly useful for inductive formal proof analysis and proof transformation. Together our complexity measure and abstract sentences allow use to capture a notion of {\em tractability} for state-of-the-art approaches to inductive theorem proving, in particular {\em loop discovery} and {\em tree grammar} based inductive theorem provers. We provide a complexity analysis of an important abstract sentence, and discuss the analysis of a few related sentences, based on the infinitary pigeonhole principle which we conjecture represent the upper limits of tractability and foundation of intractability with respect to the current approaches.},
year = {2019},
length = {17},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Schreiner]

On the Probabilistic Model Checking of a Retrial Queueing System with Unreliable Server, Collision, and Constant Time Impatience

Wolfgang Schreiner, János Sztrik

Technical report no. 19-11 in RISC Report Series, Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria. July 2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5984,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and János Sztrik},
title = {{On the Probabilistic Model Checking of a Retrial Queueing System with Unreliable Server, Collision, and Constant Time Impatience}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on initial experiments with the automated analysis of a finite-source queueingsystem with an unreliable server and collisions of service requests that cause clients to bemoved to an orbit until they can be served. However, clients remain in the obit only forsome maximum amount of time before they run out of patience and unsuccessfully aborttheir service request. In contrast to earlier investigations, the duration of their patience isnot exponentially distributed but constrained by a constant time bound, which imposes aproblem for both their manual and automatic analysis. In this paper we address how suchsystems can be nevertheless approximately analyzed to a certain extent with the help of theprobabilistic model checker PRISM.},
number = {19-11},
year = {2019},
month = {July},
keywords = {formal methods, model checking, performance analysis},
sponsor = {Supported by the Austrian-Hungarian Bilateral Cooperation in Science and Technology project 2017-2.2.4-TeT- AT-2017-00010 and the Aktion Österreich-Ungarn project 101öu7.},
length = {21},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Schreiner]

Theorem and Algorithm Checking for Courses on Logic and Formal Methods

Wolfgang Schreiner

In: Post-Proceedings ThEdu'18, Pedro Quaresma and Walther Neuper (ed.), Proceedings of 7th International Workshop on Theorem proving components for Educational software, Oxford, United Kingdom, 18 July 2018, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS) 290, pp. 56-75. April 1 2019. Open Publishing Association, ISSN 2075-2180. [url] [pdf]
[bib]
@inproceedings{RISC5895,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner},
title = {{Theorem and Algorithm Checking for Courses on Logic and Formal Methods}},
booktitle = {{Post-Proceedings ThEdu'18}},
language = {english},
abstract = {The RISC Algorithm Language (RISCAL) is a language for the formal modeling of theories and algorithms. A RISCAL specification describes an infinite class of models each of which has finite size; this allows to fully automatically check in such a model the validity of all theorems and the correctness of all algorithms. RISCAL thus enables us to quickly verify/falsify the specific truth of propositions in sample instances of a model class before attempting to prove their general truth in the whole class: the first can be achieved in a fully automatic way while the second typically requires our assistance. RISCAL has been mainly developed for educational purposes. To this end this paper reports on some new enhancements of the tool: the automatic generation of checkable verification conditions from algorithms, the visualization of the execution of procedures and the evaluation of formulas illustrating the computation of their results, and the generation of Web-based student exercises and assignments from RISCAL specifications. Furthermore, we report on our first experience with RISCAL in the teaching of courses on logic and formal methods and on further plans to use this tool to enhance formal education.},
series = {Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS)},
volume = {290},
pages = {56--75},
publisher = {Open Publishing Association},
isbn_issn = {ISSN 2075-2180},
year = {2019},
month = {April 1},
editor = {Pedro Quaresma and Walther Neuper},
refereed = {yes},
sponsor = {Linz Institute of Technology (LIT), Project LOGTECHEDU “Logic Technology for Computer Science Education” and OEAD WTZ project SK 14/2018 SemTech},
length = {20},
conferencename = {7th International Workshop on Theorem proving components for Educational software, Oxford, United Kingdom, 18 July 2018},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.290.5}
}
[Schreiner]

A Categorical Semantics of Relational First-Order Logic

Wolfgang Schreiner, Valerie Novitzká, William Steingartner

Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Technical report, March 2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5900,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and Valerie Novitzká and William Steingartner},
title = {{A Categorical Semantics of Relational First-Order Logic}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We present a categorical formalization of a variant of first-order logic. Unlike other textson this topic, the goal of this paper is to give a very transparent and self-contained accountwithout requiring more background than basic logic and set theory. Our focus is to showhow the semantics of first order formulas can be derived from their usual deduction rules.For understanding the core ideas, it is not necessary to investigate the internal term structureof atomic formulas, thus we abstract atomic formulas to (syntactically opaque) relations;in this sense our variant of first-order logic is “relational”. While the derived semanticsis based on categorical principles, it is nevertheless “constructive” in that it describesexplicit computations of the truth values of formulas. We demonstrate this by modeling thecategorical semantics in the RISCAL (RISC Algorithm Language) system which allows usto validate the core propositions by automatically checking them in finite models.},
year = {2019},
month = {March},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria},
keywords = {first-order logic, formal semantics, category theory, RISC Algorithm Language (RISCAL)},
sponsor = {OEAD WTZ project SK 14/2018 “SemTech — Semantic Technologies for Computer Science Education” and JKU LIT project LOGTECHEDU “Logic Technology for Computer Science Education”},
length = {34}
}
[Schreiner]

Logic and Semantic Technologies for Computer Science Education

Wolfgang Schreiner

In: Informatics’2019, 2019 IEEE 15th International Scientific Conference on Informatics, Poprad, Slovakia, November 20–22, Valerie Novitzká (ed.), pp. -. 2019. IEEE, ISBN-XXXX. invited paper, to appear.
[bib]
@inproceedings{RISC5957,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner},
title = {{Logic and Semantic Technologies for Computer Science Education}},
booktitle = {{Informatics’2019, 2019 IEEE 15th International Scientific Conference on Informatics, Poprad, Slovakia, November 20–22}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on some projects to develop software rooted in formal logic andsemantics in order to enhance education in computer science and mathematics.The goal is to let students actively engage with the course material bysolving concrete problems where the correctness of a solution isautomatically checked; furthermore, if a solution is not correct or thestudent gets stuck, the software shall provide additional insight and hintsthat aid the student towards the desired result. In particular, we describeour experience with the RISCAL software, a model checker for mathematicaltheories and algorithms, in university courses on logic, formal methods, andformal modeling.},
pages = {--},
publisher = {IEEE},
isbn_issn = {ISBN-XXXX},
year = {2019},
note = {invited paper, to appear},
editor = {Valerie Novitzká},
refereed = {yes},
keywords = {logic, semantics, formal verification, model checking, reasoning about programs, computer science education},
length = {6}
}
[Schreiner]

A Coalgebraic Operational Semantics for an Imperative Language

William Steingartner, Valerie Novitzká, Wolfgang Schreiner

Computing and Informatics, pp. -. 2019. ISSN 1335-9150. To appear.
[bib]
@article{RISC5980,
author = {William Steingartner and Valerie Novitzká and Wolfgang Schreiner},
title = {{A Coalgebraic Operational Semantics for an Imperative Language}},
language = {english},
abstract = {Operational semantics is a known and popular semantic method fordescribing the execution of programs in detail. The traditional definition of thismethod defines each step of a program as a transition relation. We present a newapproach on how to define operational semantics as a coalgebra over a category ofconfigurations. Our approach enables us to deal with a program that is written in asmall but real imperative language containing also the common program constructsas input and output statements, and declarations. A coalgebra enables to defineoperational semantics in a uniform way and it describes the behavior of the programs.The state space of our coalgebra consists of the configurations modeling theactual states; the morphisms in a base category of the coalgebra are the functionsdefining particular steps during the program’s executions. Polynomial endofunctordetermines this type of systems. Another advantage of our approach is its easy implementationand graphical representation, which we illustrate on a simple program.},
journal = {Computing and Informatics},
pages = {--},
isbn_issn = {ISSN 1335-9150},
year = {2019},
note = {To appear},
refereed = {yes},
length = {28}
}
[Schreiner]

Applying Statistical Model Checking to the Analysis of a Retrial Queueing System with Constant Time Impatience

Wolfgang Schreiner, János Sztrik

Technical report no. 19-12 in RISC Report Series, Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria. September 2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5986,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and János Sztrik},
title = {{Applying Statistical Model Checking to the Analysis of a Retrial Queueing System with Constant Time Impatience}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on experiments with the automated analysis of a finite-source queueing systemwith an unreliable server where clients abort unserved requests after some maximum (con-stant) amount of time. In earlier work, we created a CTMC model of this system where theconstant time bound was approximated by an Erlang distribution and analyzed this modelwith the probabilistic model checker PRISM. However, due to state space explosion onlyinstances of the system with a very small number of clients could be analyzed. In this paper,we extend the results to larger systems by applying the statistical model checking capabilitiesof PRISM where results are approximated by sampling a large number of simulation runs.In particular, we address the change from the analysis of the steady state behavior of thesystem to the analysis of finite runs of the system and the trade-off between the accuracy ofthe results and the computational efforts needed to derive them.},
number = {19-12},
year = {2019},
month = {September},
keywords = {performance modeling, formal methods, probabilistic model checking},
sponsor = {Supported by the Aktion Österreich-Ungarn project 101öu7.},
length = {11},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[STUDENT]

A Parallel, In-Place, Rectangular Matrix Transpose Algorithm

Stefan Amberger

Research Institute for Symbolic Computatation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Master Thesis. March 2019. [pdf]
[bib]
@misc{RISC5916,
author = {Stefan Amberger},
title = {{A Parallel, In-Place, Rectangular Matrix Transpose Algorithm}},
language = {english},
abstract = {This thesis presents a novel algorithm for Transposing Rectangular matrices In-place and in Parallel(TRIP) including a proof of correctness and an analysis of work, span and parallelism.After almost 60 years since its introduction, the problem of in-place rectangular matrix transpositionstill does not have a satisfying solution. Increased concurrency in today's computers, and the need for low overhead algorithms to solve memory-intense challenges are motivating the development of algorithmslike TRIP. The algorithm is based on recursive splitting of the matrix into sub-matrices, independent, paralleltransposition of these sub-matrices, and subsequent combining of the results by a parallel, perfect shuffle.We prove correctness of the algorithm for different matrix shapes (ratios of dimensions), and analyzework and span . Compared to out-of-place algorithms, TRIP, implemented in Cilk, trades work-efficiency for parallelism and for being in-place.},
year = {2019},
month = {March},
translation = {0},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computatation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria},
keywords = {linear algebra, parallel computation},
length = {67}
}
[STUDENT]

Migrating Mathematical Programs to Web Interface Frameworks

Hsuan-Ming Chen

Research Institute for Symbolic Computatation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Master Thesis. April 2019. Internationaler Universitätslehrgang: Informatics: Engineering & Management. [pdf]
[bib]
@misc{RISC5917,
author = {Hsuan-Ming Chen},
title = {{Migrating Mathematical Programs to Web Interface Frameworks}},
language = {english},
abstract = {A mathematical software system, the RISC Algorithm Language (RISCAL), has beenimplemented in Java; however, it can be only executed on the local machine of the user.The aim of this master thesis is to migrate RISCAL to the web, such that users can accessthe software via a conventional web browser without needing a local installation of thesoftware. In a preparatory phase, this thesis evaluates various web interface frameworksand how these can be executed on the web. Based in the result of this investigation whichcompares the advantages and disadvantages of the frameworks, one framework is selectedas the most promising candidate for future work. The core of the thesis is then themigration of RISCAL to the web on the basis of this framework and the subsequentevaluation of how the demands have been met and how well all of the RISCAL programsare working after the migration.},
year = {2019},
month = {April},
note = {Internationaler Universitätslehrgang: Informatics: Engineering & Management},
translation = {0},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computatation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria},
length = {85}
}

2018

[Cerna]

Idempotent Anti-unification

David M. Cerna, Temur Kutsia

RISC. Technical report, Feb. 2018. to appear in TOCL. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5530,
author = {David M. Cerna and Temur Kutsia},
title = {{Idempotent Anti-unification }},
language = {english},
abstract = {In this paper we address two problems related to idempotent anti-unification. First, we show thatthere exists an anti-unification problem with a single idempotent symbol which has an infiniteminimal complete set of generalizations. It means that anti-unification with a single idempotentsymbol has infinitary or nullary generalization type, similar to anti-unification with two idem-potent symbols, shown earlier by Loı̈c Pottier. Next, we develop an algorithm, which takes anarbitrary idempotent anti-unification problem and computes a representation of its solution set inthe form of a regular tree grammar. The algorithm does not depend on the number of idempotentfunction symbols in the input terms. The language generated by the grammar is the minimalcomplete set of generalizations of the given anti-unification problem, which implies that idem-potent anti-unification is infinitary.},
year = {2018},
month = {Feb.},
note = {to appear in TOCL},
institution = {RISC},
length = {32}
}
[Fuerst]

Teaching the Formalization of Mathematical Theories and Algorithms via the Automatic Checking of Finite Models

Wolfgang Schreiner, Alexander Brunhuemer, Christoph Fürst

In: Post-Proceedings ThEdu'17, Pedro Quaresma and Walther Neuper (ed.), Proceedings of 6th International Workshop on Theorem proving components for Educational software (ThEdu'17), Gothenburg, Sweden, 6 Aug 2017, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS) 267, pp. 120-139. 2018. Open Publishing Association, ISSN 2075-2180. [url] [pdf]
[bib]
@inproceedings{RISC5531,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and Alexander Brunhuemer and Christoph Fürst},
title = {{Teaching the Formalization of Mathematical Theories and Algorithms via the Automatic Checking of Finite Models}},
booktitle = {{Post-Proceedings ThEdu'17}},
language = {english},
abstract = {Education in the practical applications of logic and proving such as the formalspecification and verification of computer programs is substantially hampered bythe fact that most time and effort that is invested in proving is actuallywasted in vain: because of errors in the specifications respectively algorithmsthat students have developed, their proof attempts are often pointless (becausethe proposition proved is actually not of interest) or a priori doomed to fail(because the proposition to be proved does actually not hold); this is afrequent source of frustration and gives formal methods a bad reputation. RISCAL(RISC Algorithm Language) is a formal specification language and associatedsoftware system that attempts to overcome this problem by making logicformalization fun rather than a burden. To this end, RISCAL allows students toeasily validate the correctness of instances of propositions respectivelyalgorithms by automatically evaluating/executing and checking them on (small)finite models. Thus many/most errors can be quickly detected and subsequentproof attempts can be focused on propositions that are more/most likely to beboth meaningful and true.},
series = {Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS)},
volume = {267},
pages = {120--139},
publisher = {Open Publishing Association},
isbn_issn = {ISSN 2075-2180},
year = {2018},
editor = {Pedro Quaresma and Walther Neuper},
refereed = {yes},
keywords = {formal methods, program specification and verification, model checking, computer science education, logic},
sponsor = {Supported by the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz Institute of Technology (LIT), Project LOGTECHEDU "Logic Technology for Computer Science Education"},
length = {20},
conferencename = {6th International Workshop on Theorem proving components for Educational software (ThEdu'17), Gothenburg, Sweden, 6 Aug 2017},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.267.8}
}
[Kutsia]

Idempotent Generalization is Infinitary

David M. Cerna and Temur Kutsia

RISC. Technical report, RISC Report, 2018. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5529,
author = {David M. Cerna and Temur Kutsia},
title = {{Idempotent Generalization is Infinitary}},
language = {english},
abstract = {Let §\mathbf{I}_{S}$ be an equational theory s.t. for each $f\in S$, $f(x,x)=x$. Such an equational theory is said to be {\em idempotent}. It is known that the anti-unification problem (AUP) $f(a,b) \triangleq g(a,b)$ modulo $\mathbf{I}_{\lbrace f,g \rbrace}$ admits infinitely many least-general generalizers (lggs)~\cite{LPottier1989}. We show that, modulo $\mathbf{I}_{\lbrace f\rbrace}$, $f(a,f(a,b)) \triangleq f(b,f(a,b))$ admits infinitely many lggs.},
year = {2018},
howpublished = {RISC Report},
institution = {RISC},
length = {1}
}
[Schreiner]

WebEx: Web Exercises for RISCAL

Wolfgang Schreiner

Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Technical report, October 2018. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5793,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner},
title = {{WebEx: Web Exercises for RISCAL}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on a software framework "WebEx" for developing web-basedstudent exercises whose correctness is checked with the help of the RISCAL (RISCAlgorithm Language) software. This framework allows to generate from anappropriately annotated RISCAL specification file an HTML file that serves asthe frontend to a remote execution service. Student input (RISCAL fragments) aretransmitted to this execution service which generates from the annotatedspecification file and the input a plain RISCAL specification on which RISCAL isinvoked (in a non-interactive mode); the success status of the execution and theproduced output are reported back to the web interface. For each successfulexercise the server produces a digitally signed certificate that is returned tothe user who may submit this certificate as a proof of successful completion ofthe exercise (which may be subsequently automatically checked). Furthermore eachannotated RISCAL specification may serve as a template that may be instantiatedwith other data to produce a set of exercise instances. The WebEx software ismostly independent of RISCAL; it may be also used to provide a web front end forother scientific software of a similar nature.},
year = {2018},
month = {October},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria},
keywords = {formal methods, logic, computer-supported education},
sponsor = {Austrian OEAD WTZ program and the Slovak SRDA agency contract SK 14/2018 SemTech and Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz Institute of Technology (LIT), Project LOGTECHEDU},
length = {35}
}
[Schreiner]

On the Probabilistic Model Checking of Cognitive Radio Networks and Cognitive Infocommunication Systems

Wolfgang Schreiner, Tamás Bérczes, János Sztrik, Hamza Nemouchi

Technical report no. 18-04 in RISC Report Series, Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria. February 2018. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5595,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and Tamás Bérczes and János Sztrik and Hamza Nemouchi},
title = {{On the Probabilistic Model Checking of Cognitive Radio Networks and Cognitive Infocommunication Systems}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on the usage of the probabilistic model checker PRISM to validate respectively falsify previouslypublished results on the performance of cognitive radio networks and other cognitive infocommunicationsystems. For this purpose, we construct formal system models in the PRISM modeling languageas Continuous Time Markov Chains (CTMCs) that are analyzed with the help of queries formulated in avariant of continuous stochastic logic (CSL). It is shown that many results can be accurately reproduced butalso that a few previously reported results are clearly erroneous. Furthermore, we report several deviationsfrom previously reported results where the reasons are unclear and need further investigation. Here a majorproblem is that the systems that have been analyzed in literature are usually just described in informallanguage which leaves ample room for interpretation. This makes the reconstruction of corresponding formalsystem models and the reproduction of performance measures a difficult task and limits the long-termscientific value of the reported results.},
number = {18-04},
year = {2018},
month = {February},
keywords = {formal methods, performance analysis, queueing systems},
sponsor = {Supported by the Stiftung Aktion Österreich-Ungarn project 96öu8 “Engineering Information Technology Modelling and Design of Cognitive Radio Networks”},
length = {24},
type = {RISC Report Series},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University Linz},
address = {Schloss Hagenberg, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria}
}
[Schreiner]

Visualizing Execution Traces in RISCAL

Wolfgang Schreiner, William Steingartner

Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Technical report, March 2018. [pdf]
[bib]
@techreport{RISC5610,
author = {Wolfgang Schreiner and William Steingartner},
title = {{Visualizing Execution Traces in RISCAL}},
language = {english},
abstract = {We report on initial results concerning the visualization of execution traces ofalgorithms that are formally specified and modeled in the RISC AlgorithmLanguage (RISCAL); these algorithms are executed and visualized in theassociated software system which also validates their correctness by checkingthe satisfaction of the formal contracts. This work has been stimulated bycorresponding visualization of Jane, a language with an associated toolkit that has been developed to demonstrate the categorical semantics ofprogramming languages. By the new visualization extension of RISCAL, thesuitability of the software for the purpose of computer science education shallbe improved.},
year = {2018},
month = {March},
institution = {Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria},
keywords = {formal methods, verification, model checking},
sponsor = {Austrian OEAD WTZ and Slovak SRDA contract SK 14/2018 "SemTech", JKU Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) project "LOGTECHEDU"},
length = {7}
}

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