Quality assurance - Catching bugs by formal verification

  • Credits 7.5 credits
  • Study location Independent of location
  • $stringTranslations.StartDate 2021-09-13 - 2022-01-16 (part time 25%)
  • Education ordinance Second cycle
  • Course code DVA468
  • Main area Computer Science
  • Application code: MDH-24539

The aim of the course is to introduce the participants into methods and tools for verifying systems that need to react to external stimuli. The methods use system models with precise formal semantics and will span model-checking as well as deductive verification.

A set of simple examples as well as real-world applications will be used throughout the course to illustrate the methods and their tool support. The objective of the course is to understand the underpinning theories of formal verification, and learn how to apply tool support in order to verify system models.

About this course

This course consists of lectures and assignments that will teach the participants the basics of formal verification, differences between techniques, as well as their potential applicability to real-world systems.

The course will cover both discrete as well as timed systems, and will show the application of techniques on some prototype examples from industry.

Course modules:

  • Basic concepts of formal modeling: automata models, formalisation of system properties
  • Automated verification of formal models: model-checking, deductive verification
  • Application of tools to formal models and code

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course any participant should be able to:

  • Understand the differences between algorithmic and deductive verification
  • Formalise requirements in temporal logic or predicate logic
  • Model functional and timing behavior of reactive systems
  • Apply formal verification tools (such as UPPAAL and variants) to check properties of models

Related industrial challenges addressed in the course

  • Uncover at early design stages potential trouble-spots/errors in design
  • Provide design-space exploration automated support
  • Increase assurance of future implementations

Entry requirements

  • 120 credits, of which 80 credits in engineering or informatics, including at least 30 credits in computer science or software development.
  • In addition, English course A/English course 6 is required.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. Read more in Application information below.




Senior Lecturer

Cristina Seceleanu



Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

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Application information

You’ll find the entry requirements in the course description. After submitting your application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course. Most academic credentials from Sweden are retrieved automatically. Wait a few days after submitting your application - if you still can’t see your academic credentials om My pages, please upload them.

If you have studied in another country, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how, depends on several factors. You can read more on universityadmissions.se or antagning.se.

If the course requires work experience, you need to provide an employer’s certificate. You can download a template for employer’s certificate below.

No academic qualifications?

The course require that you have previous academies studies, but we validate work experience to assess if you have the knowledge that is equal to the eligibility requirements for the course.

If you don’t have the formal qualifications required, please send in a certificate of employment (current or previous) and a CV/Description of competence that describes your educational and professional background. Please include a short description of your work experience, not only the work title.

Use the CV/ Description of competence template below and fill in the information requested.

You can also use our template for Employers certificate if you like.

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If you have any questions regarding eligibility or application please send an e-mail to lifelonglearning@mdh.se


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