Formalization and Analysis of Real-Time Requirements: A Feasibility Study at BOSCH

  • Amalinda Post
  • Jochen Hoenicke
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7152)


In this paper, we evaluate a tool chain to algorithmically analyze real-time requirements. According to this tool chain, one formalizes the requirements in a natural-language pattern system. The requirements can then be automatically compiled into formulas in a real-time logic. The formulas can be checked automatically for properties whose violation indicates an error in the requirements specification (the properties considered are: consistency, rt-consistency, vacuity). We report on a feasibility study in the context of several automotive projects at Bosch. The results of the study indicate that the effort for the formalization of real-time requirements is acceptable; the analysis algorithms are computationally feasible; the benefit (the detection of specification errors resp. the formal guarantee of their absence) seems significant.


Requirement Engineer Computation Tree Logic Tool Chain Informal Requirement Duration Calculus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amalinda Post
    • 1
  • Jochen Hoenicke
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert Bosch GmbHStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of FreiburgGermany

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