A study on user-friendly formal specification languages for requirements formalization

Cheng Pang, Antti Pakonen, Igor Buzhinsky, Valeriy Vyatkin

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    Abstract

    Formal methods and languages are used to prove the correctness of various industrial systems, especially mission-critical ones. They can also be viewed as a means to provide safety and correctness demonstration to the stakeholders of such systems. In domains such as nuclear power plant engineering, the benefits from structured safety evidences would seem obvious. However, most stakeholders in nuclear power industry are not even familiar with formal notations. As a result, to promote the applications of formal methods in practice, the first step is to make formal specification languages (FSLs) more accessible. With user-friendly FSLs, users can focus on safety requirements rather than on their sophisticated formalization. This paper, as a preliminary work towards an integrated framework supporting transparent safety demonstration, reviews existing approaches applied to facilitate requirements formalization and formal specifications. Moreover, the common features of user-friendly languages and their tool supports are also summarized.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 14th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2016
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Pages676-682
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2870-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event14th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2016 - Futuroscope-Poitiers, Poitiers, France
    Duration: 19 Jul 201621 Jul 2016
    Conference number: 14

    Conference

    Conference14th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2016
    Abbreviated titleINDIN 2016
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    CityPoitiers
    Period19/07/1621/07/16

    Keywords

    • formal methods
    • formal specification languages
    • model checking
    • requirements engineering
    • visual formalisms

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