RoboChart: modelling and verification of the functional behaviour of robotic applications

Miyazawa, Alvero, Ribero, Pedro, Cavalcanti, Anna, Timmis, Jonathan and Woodcock, Jim (2019) RoboChart: modelling and verification of the functional behaviour of robotic applications. Software Systems and Modelling, 18. pp. 3097-3149.

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Abstract

Robots are becoming ubiquitous: from vacuum cleaners to driverless cars, there is a wide variety of applications, many with potential safety hazards. The work presented in this paper proposes a set of constructs suitable for both modelling robotic applications and supporting verification via model checking and theorem proving. Our goal is to support roboticists in writing models and applying modern verification techniques using a language familiar to them. To that end, we present RoboChart, a domain-specific modelling language based on UML, but with a restricted set of constructs to enable a simplified semantics and automated reasoning. We present the RoboChart metamodel, its well-formedness rules, and its process-algebraic semantics. We discuss verification based on these foundations using an implementation of RoboChart and its semantics as a set of Eclipse plug-ins called RoboTool.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computing > Software Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Technology > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Jonathan Timmis
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 14:07
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 13:54
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11852

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