Formal Methods and Software Engineering: 18th International by Kazuhiro Ogata, Mark Lawford, Shaoying Liu

By Kazuhiro Ogata, Mark Lawford, Shaoying Liu

This publication constitutes the refereed complaints of the 18th foreign convention on Formal Engineering tools, ICFEM 2016, held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2016. The 27 revised complete papers provided including 3 invited talks have been rigorously reviewed and chosen from sixty four submissions. The convention focuses in all parts regarding formal engineering meth-ods, corresponding to verification and validation, software program engineering, formal specification and modeling, software program protection, and software program reliability.

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Fig. 6. Test result of the scenario 36 W. Miao et al. The output value −594760564 after testing obviously violates the expected value 0. That is, the prototype does not implement the scenarios correctly. 4 Experiments To validate the feasibility and demonstrate the efficacy of our approach, we have applied our approach and the tool in a real ATP software project. An ATP specification is established by the requirements analyst of our industrial partner. The specification is a Microsoft Word file which includes 455 requirements items.

For each concerned variable V, generate the STD for validating the state transitions. Following the criteria, the analyst can validate the requirements from the perspectives of the relations among variables and the state transitions. We use the sample specification shown in Fig. 2 as an example to illustrate the review process. Figure 3 shows a part of the generated variable dependency diagram of the variable OdometerState. The VDD shows that the value of this variable is determined by various variables such as INITIALIZED.

Formal methods exist in the perfect formal world which seems unrelated to their everyday activities. – Formal methods require highly trained mathematicians. – Formal methods look difficult for them to apply by themselves. – They need complete samples for their own problems. – It is difficult to convince the top management of the benefits of formal methods. – The cost-performance and effectiveness of formal methods are unknown. Many of the above seem just excuse not to adopt formal methods. 3 A Best Practice of Formal Approach in Japan Yes, we have applications of formal methods in Japan.

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