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Verification by abstract interpretation
 In Verification: Theory and Practice
, 2003
"... Dedicated to Zohar Manna, for his 2 6 th birthday. Abstract. Abstract interpretation theory formalizes the idea of abstraction of mathematical structures, in particular those involved in the specification of properties and proof methods of computer systems. Verification by abstract interpretation is ..."
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Dedicated to Zohar Manna, for his 2 6 th birthday. Abstract. Abstract interpretation theory formalizes the idea of abstraction of mathematical structures, in particular those involved in the specification of properties and proof methods of computer systems. Verification by abstract interpretation is illustrated on the particular cases of predicate abstraction, which is revisited to handle infinitary abstractions, and on the new parametric predicate abstraction. 1
Matching and merging of statecharts specifications
 In 29th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’07
, 2007
"... Model Management addresses the problem of managing an evolving collection of models, by capturing the relationships between models and providing welldefined operators to manipulate them. In this paper, we describe two such operators for manipulating hierarchical Statecharts: Match, for finding corr ..."
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Model Management addresses the problem of managing an evolving collection of models, by capturing the relationships between models and providing welldefined operators to manipulate them. In this paper, we describe two such operators for manipulating hierarchical Statecharts: Match, for finding correspondences between models, and Merge, for combining models with respect to known correspondences between them. Our Match operator is heuristic, making use of both static and behavioural properties of the models to improve the accuracy of matching. Our Merge operator preserves the hierarchical structure of the input models, and handles differences in behaviour through parameterization. In this way, we automatically construct merges that preserve the semantics of Statecharts models. We illustrate and evaluate our work by applying our operators to AT&T telecommunication features. 1
The Logic of Games and its Applications
 Annals of Discrete Mathematics
, 1985
"... We develop a Logic in which the basic objects of concern are games, or equivalently, monotone predicate transforms. We give completeness and decision results and extend to certain kinds of manyperson games. Applications to a cake cutting algorithm and to a protocol for exchanging secrets, are given ..."
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We develop a Logic in which the basic objects of concern are games, or equivalently, monotone predicate transforms. We give completeness and decision results and extend to certain kinds of manyperson games. Applications to a cake cutting algorithm and to a protocol for exchanging secrets, are given. 1
Efficient Static Analysis of XML Paths and Types
, 2008
"... We present an algorithm to solve XPath decision problems under regular tree type constraints and show its use to statically typecheck XPath queries. To this end, we prove the decidability of a logic with converse for finite ordered trees whose time complexity is a simple exponential of the size of ..."
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We present an algorithm to solve XPath decision problems under regular tree type constraints and show its use to statically typecheck XPath queries. To this end, we prove the decidability of a logic with converse for finite ordered trees whose time complexity is a simple exponential of the size of a formula. The logic corresponds to the alternation free modal µcalculus without greatest fixpoint, restricted to finite trees, and where formulas are cyclefree. Our proof method is based on two auxiliary results. First, XML regular tree types and XPath expressions have a linear translation to cyclefree formulas. Second, the least and greatest fixpoints are equivalent for finite trees, hence the logic is closed under negation. Building on these results, we describe a practical, effective system for solving the satisfiability of a formula. The system has been experimented with some decision problems such as XPath emptiness, containment, overlap, and coverage, with or without type constraints. The benefit of the approach is that our system can be effectively used in static analyzers for programming languages
Efficient OntheFly ModelChecking for Regular AlternationFree MuCalculus
, 2000
"... Modelchecking is a successful technique for automatically verifying concurrent finitestate systems. When building a modelchecker, a good compromise must be made between the expressive power of the property description formalism, the complexity of the modelchecking problem, and the userfriendlin ..."
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Modelchecking is a successful technique for automatically verifying concurrent finitestate systems. When building a modelchecker, a good compromise must be made between the expressive power of the property description formalism, the complexity of the modelchecking problem, and the userfriendliness of the interface. We present a temporal logic and an associated modelchecking method that attempt to fulfill these criteria. The logic is an extension of the alternationfree µcalculus with ACTLlike action formulas and PDLlike regular expressions, allowing a concise and intuitive description of safety, liveness, and fairness properties over labeled transition systems. The modelchecking method is based upon a succinct translation of the verification problem into a boolean equation system, which is solved by means of an efficient local algorithm having a good average complexity. The algorithm also allows to generate full diagnostic information (examples and counterexamples) for temporal for...
Representing and reasoning on XML documents: A description logic approach
 J. of Logic and Computation
, 1999
"... Recent proposals to improve the quality of interaction with the World Wide Web suggest considering the Web as a huge semistructured database, so that retrieving information can be supported by the task of database querying. Under this view, it is important to represent the form of both the network, ..."
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Recent proposals to improve the quality of interaction with the World Wide Web suggest considering the Web as a huge semistructured database, so that retrieving information can be supported by the task of database querying. Under this view, it is important to represent the form of both the network, and the documents placed in the nodes of the network. However, the current proposals do not pay sufficient attention to represent document structures and reasoning about them. In this paper, we address these problems by providing a framework where Document Type Definitions (DTDs) expressed in the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) are formalized in an expressive Description Logic equipped with sound and complete inference algorithms. We provide methods for verifying conformance of a document to a DTD in polynomial time, and structural equivalence of DTDs in worst case deterministic exponential time, improving known algorithms for this problem which were double exponential. We also deal with parametric versions of conformance and structural equivalence, and investigate other forms of reasoning on DTDs. Finally, we show how to take advantage of the reasoning capabilities of our formalism in order to perform several optimization steps in answering queries posed to a document base.
Reasoning in expressive description logics with fixpoints based on automata on infinite trees
 In Proc. of the 16th Int. Joint Conf. on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI’99
, 1999
"... In the last years, the investigation on Description Logics (DLs) has been driven by the goal of applying them in several areas, such as, software engineering, information systems, databases, information integration, and intelligent access to the web. The modeling requirements arising in the above ar ..."
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In the last years, the investigation on Description Logics (DLs) has been driven by the goal of applying them in several areas, such as, software engineering, information systems, databases, information integration, and intelligent access to the web. The modeling requirements arising in the above areas have stimulated the need for very rich languages, including fixpoint constructs to represent recursive structures. We study a DL comprising the most general form of fixpoint constructs on concepts, all classical concept forming constructs, plus inverse roles, nary relations, qualified number restrictions, and inclusion assertions. We establish the EXPTIME decidability of such logic by presenting a decision procedure based on a reduction to nonemptiness of alternating automata on infinite trees. We observe that this is the first decidability result for a logic combining inverse roles, number restrictions, and general fixpoints. 1
Synthesis of reactive(1) designs
 In Proc. Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation (VMCAI’06
, 2006
"... Abstract. We consider the problem of synthesizing digital designs from their LTL specification. In spite of the theoretical double exponential lower bound for the general case, we show that for many expressive specifications of hardware designs the problem can be solved in time N 3, where N is the s ..."
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Abstract. We consider the problem of synthesizing digital designs from their LTL specification. In spite of the theoretical double exponential lower bound for the general case, we show that for many expressive specifications of hardware designs the problem can be solved in time N 3, where N is the size of the state space of the design. We describe the context of the problem, as part of the Prosyd European Project which aims to provide a propertybased development flow for hardware designs. Within this project, synthesis plays an important role, first in order to check whether a given specification is realizable, and then for synthesizing part of the developed system. The class of LTL formulas considered is that of Generalized Reactivity(1) (generalized Streett(1)) formulas, i.e., formulas of the form: ( p1 ∧ · · · ∧ pm) → ( q1 ∧ · · · ∧ qn) where each pi, qi is a boolean combination of atomic propositions. We also consider the more general case in which each pi, qi is an arbitrary past LTL formula over atomic propositions. For this class of formulas, we present an N 3time algorithm which checks whether such a formula is realizable, i.e., there exists a circuit which satisfies the formula under any set of inputs provided by the environment. In the case that the specification is realizable, the algorithm proceeds to construct an automaton which represents one of the possible implementing circuits. The automaton is computed and presented symbolically. 1
Discounting the future in systems theory
 In Automata, Languages, and Programming, LNCS 2719
, 2003
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A classification of symbolic transition systems
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTATIONAL LOGIC
, 2005
"... We define five increasingly comprehensive classes of infinitestate systems, called STS1STS5, whose state spaces have finitary structure. For four of these classes, we provide examples from hybrid systems.STS1 These are the systems with finite bisimilarity quotients. They can be analyzed symbolica ..."
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We define five increasingly comprehensive classes of infinitestate systems, called STS1STS5, whose state spaces have finitary structure. For four of these classes, we provide examples from hybrid systems.STS1 These are the systems with finite bisimilarity quotients. They can be analyzed symbolically by iteratively applying predecessor and Boolean operations on state sets, starting from a finite number of observable state sets. Any such iteration is guaranteed to terminate in that only a finite number of state sets can be generated. This enables model checking of the μcalculus.STS2 These are the systems with finite similarity quotients. They can be analyzed symbolically by iterating the predecessor and positive Boolean operations. This enables model checking of the existential and universal fragments of the μcalculus.STS3 These are the systems with finite traceequivalence quotients. They can be analyzed symbolically by iterating the predecessor operation and a restricted form of positive Boolean operations (intersection is restricted to intersection with observables). This enables model checking of all ωregular properties, including linear temporal logic.STS4 These are the systems with finite distanceequivalence quotients (two states are equivalent if for every distance d, the same observables can be reached in d transitions). The systems in this class can be analyzed symbolically by iterating the predecessor operation and terminating when no new state sets are generated. This enables model checking of the existential conjunctionfree and universal disjunctionfree fragments of the μcalculus.STS5 These are the systems with finite boundedreachability quotients (two states are equivalent if for every distance d, the same observables can be reached in d or fewer transitions). The systems in this class can be analyzed symbolically by iterating the predecessor operation and terminating when no new states are encountered (this is a weaker termination condition than above). This enables model checking of reachability properties.