Master Finite State Processes (FSP) and Labeled Transition Systems (LTS) in Computer Science

What you will learn

The ability to represent complex computer systems using Finite State Processes (FSP) and Labeled Transition Systems (LTS).

Learn how to model and reason about the behavior of interconnected components.

Apply formal methods to solve complex problems in Computer Science.

Master Finite State Process (FSP) language.

Build Labeled Transition Systems (LTS) from Finite State Process (FSP) descriptions.

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The Introduction to Formal Methods in Computer Science is a foundational course that explores the essential concepts and techniques of formal methods as applied to computer science. Formal methods are critical tools for designing, specifying, verifying, and reasoning about complex computer systems. This course focuses on two fundamental aspects of formal methods: Finite State Process Languages and Labeled Transition Systems.

Finite State Process Languages:

Students will delve into the world of finite state processes, a key abstraction used to model system behavior. The course begins by introducing finite automata and regular expressions, providing a strong foundation for understanding the basic principles of state machines. As the course progresses, students will explore advanced topics such as pushdown automata, context-free grammars, and formal language theory. Through hands-on exercises and problem-solving, students will gain practical skills in designing and analyzing systems using finite state processes.

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Labeled Transition Systems:

Labeled Transition Systems (LTS) are fundamental for modeling and analyzing concurrent and distributed systems. This section of the course focuses on LTS as a formal framework for specifying and reasoning about the behavior of complex, interconnected systems. Students will learn how to model real-world scenarios, including communication protocols, software processes, and hardware components, using LTS. The course also covers verification techniques, including model checking, to ensure the correctness of these systems.

Throughout the course, students will develop the ability to think critically and formally about computer systems, making them better equipped to tackle complex problems in software engineering, hardware design, and systems analysis. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grasp of formal methods and be able to apply them to solve practical problems in computer science, enhancing their skill set for careers in software development, system design, and formal verification. This course serves as a crucial foundation for those interested in the broader field of formal methods and their application in various domains of computer science.



Course Introduction

Introduction to Formal Methods
Installing the Labelled Transition System Analyzer

Modeling Processes

Principles of Finite State Processes (FSP)
Traces and Conditions
Going Further – Setting Up Alarms
Indexed Processes and Actions
Guarded Actions

Modeling Concurrency

Parallel Composition and Action Interleaving
Shared Actions
Process Labeling
Set of Prefix Labels
Action Relabeling and Synchronization