Towards a Verification Logic for Rewriting Logic

  • José Luis Fiadeiro
  • Tom Maibaum
  • Narciso Martí-Oliet
  • Jose Meseguer
  • Isabel Pita
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1827)


This paper is an initial step in the development of a logic for verifying properties of programs in rewriting logic. Rewriting logic is primarily a logic of change, in which deduction corresponds directly to computation, and not a logic to talk about change in a more indirect and global manner, such as the different modal and temporal logics that can be found in the literature.

We start by defining a modal action logic (VLRL) in which rewrite rules are captured as actions. The main novelty of this logic is a topological modality associated with state constructors that allows us to reason about the structure of states, stating that the current state can be decomposed into regions satisfying certain properties. Then, on top of the modal logic, we define a temporal logic for reasoning about properties of the computations generated from rewrite theories, and demonstrate its potential by means of two simple examples.


Modal Logic Temporal Logic Inference Rule Critical Section Action Term 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Luis Fiadeiro
    • 1
  • Tom Maibaum
    • 2
  • Narciso Martí-Oliet
    • 3
  • Jose Meseguer
    • 4
  • Isabel Pita
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculdade de CiênciasUniv. de LisboaPortugal
  2. 2.King’s College LondonUK
  3. 3.Depto. Sistemas InformáticosUniv. Complutense MadridSpain
  4. 4.SRI InternationalMenlo ParkUSA

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