Some advances in tools and algorithms for the construction and analysis of systems

  • Christel BaierEmail author
  • Cesare Tinelli


Because of the complexity of software systems and their increasing criticality, there is a pressing need for sophisticated and highly automated tools for the analysis of software artifacts and their expected behavioral properties. A growing body of research is using formal methods to produce increasingly powerful and scalable analysis tools, although several challenges still remain. We briefly outline some recent achievements in automated analysis represented by four selected papers from the 21st International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems (TACAS 2015). Two of the selected papers describe major achievements in the field of parallel model checking. The third paper presents an auto-active theorem prover for the verification of Eiffel programs. The fourth paper reports on a non-trivial case study with hybrid automata and interactive theorem proving techniques.


Computer-aided verification Theorem proving Program analysis Model checking 



We would like to thank all authors for their contributions and the reviewers of TACAS 2015 and of this special issue for their reviews.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.The University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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