Controller Synthesis for MTL Specifications

  • Patricia Bouyer
  • Laura Bozzelli
  • Fabrice Chevalier
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4137)


We consider the control problem for timed automata against specifications given as MTL formulas. The logic MTL is a linear-time timed temporal logic which extends LTL with timing constraints on modalities, and recently, its model-checking has been proved decidable in several cases. We investigate these decidable fragments of MTL (full MTL when interpreted over finite timed words, and Safety-MTL when interpreted over infinite timed words), and prove two kinds of results. (1) We first prove that, contrary to model-checking, the control problem is undecidable. Roughly, the computation of a lossy channel system could be encoded as a model-checking problem, and we prove here that a perfect channel system can be encoded as a control problem. (2) We then prove that if we fix the resources of the controller (by resources we mean clocks and constants that the controller can use), the control problem becomes decidable. This decidability result relies on properties of well (and better) quasi-orderings.


Control Problem Temporal Logic Winning Strategy Undesired Behaviour Controller Synthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Bouyer
    • 1
  • Laura Bozzelli
    • 1
  • Fabrice Chevalier
    • 1
  1. 1.LSV, CNRS & ENS CachanFrance

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