252-0058-00L  Formal Methods and Functional Programming

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersD. Basin, P. Müller
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


252-0058-00 VFormal Methods and Functional Programming4 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00HG G 5 »
Thu10:15-12:00HG G 5 »
13.03.10:15-11:00HG E 3 »
D. Basin, P. Müller
252-0058-00 UFormal Methods and Functional Programming2 hrs
Tue13:15-15:00CAB G 52 »
13:15-15:00CHN D 46 »
13:15-15:00NO D 11 »
13:15-15:00NO E 11 »
Wed15:15-17:00CHN D 42 »
16:15-18:00NO C 6 »
11.07.10:15-12:00HG F 5 »
D. Basin, P. Müller

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AbstractIn this course, participants will learn about new ways of specifying, reasoning about, and developing programs and computer systems. The first half will focus on using functional programs to express and reason about computation. The second half presents methods for developing and verifying programs represented as discrete transition systems.
ObjectiveIn this course, participants will learn about new ways of specifying,
reasoning about, and developing programs and computer systems. Our objective is to help students raise their level of abstraction in modeling and implementing systems.
ContentThe first part of the course will focus on designing and reasoning
about functional programs. Functional programs are mathematical
expressions that are evaluated and reasoned about much like ordinary
mathematical functions. As a result, these expressions are simple to
analyze and compose to implement large-scale programs. We will cover the mathematical foundations of functional programming, the lambda calculus, as well as higher-order programming, typing, and proofs of correctness.

The second part of the course will focus on deductive and algorithmic validation of programs modeled as transition systems. As an example of deductive verification, students will learn how to formalize the semantics of imperative programming languages and how to use a formal semantics to prove properties of languages and programs. As an example of algorithmic validation, the course will introduce model checking and apply it to programs and program designs.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits7 credits
ExaminersP. Müller, D. Basin
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationWe offer 2 graded quizzes, in the first and second half.
Each quiz will be 30 minutes and each will count 10% of the total grade.
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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