Tool Support for Validation of Formal System Models: Interactive Visualization and Requirements Traceability

Eduard Kamburjan
(Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
Jonas Stromberg
(Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)

Development processes in various engineering disciplines are incorporating formal models to ensure safety properties of critical systems. The use of these formal models requires to reason about their adequacy, i.e., to validate that a model mirrors the structure of the system sufficiently that properties established for the model indeed carry over to the real system. Model validation itself is non-formal, as adequacy is not a formal (i.e., mathematical) property. Instead it must be carried out by the modeler to justify the modeling to the certification agency or other stakeholders. In this paper we argue that model validation can be seen as a special form of requirements engineering, and that interactive visualization and concepts from requirements traceability can help to advance tool support for formal modeling by lowering the cognitive burden needed for validation. We present the VisualisierbaR tool, which supports the formal modeling of railway operations and describe how it uses interactive visualization and requirements traceability concepts to validate a formal model.

In Rosemary Monahan, Virgile Prevosto and Jose Proença: Proceedings Fifth Workshop on Formal Integrated Development Environment (F-IDE 2019), Porto, Portugal, 7th October 2019, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 310, pp. 70–85.
Published: 23rd December 2019.

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