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CS 521 — Model Checking
(dt. Modellprüfung)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
One semester,
Alle 3-4 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. H.-Peter Gumm


Technique for automatic verification of hardware and software systems.

  • Modelling of hardware and of protocols in SMV
  • Reduction to Kripke structures
  • Linear Temporal Logic (LTL)
  • Computation Tree Logic (CTL)
  • State based CTL model checking
  • Büchi automata, algorithms for LTL ModelChecking
  • efficient representation of circuits: OBDDs
  • Symbolic Model Checking
  • SAT Algorithms and Bounded Model Checking
  • Abstract characterization of Safety and Liveness

Qualification Goals

  • Understanding automatic verification techniques and systems,
  • Understanding the underlying algorithms and temporal logics,
  • Practice of scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
  • Training of oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Logic, Theoretical Computer Science, Technical Computer Science.


Module imported from M.Sc. Computer Science.

It can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying M.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Computer Science.

Recommended Reading

  • Ch.Baier, J.P.Katoen: Principles of Model Checking, MIT Press, 2008.
  • M. Huth, M. Ryan: Logic in Computer Science: Modelling and Reasoning about Systems, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004
  • E.M.Clarke, O.Grumberg, D.A.Peled: Model Checking, MIT Press, 2000
  • K. McMillan: Symbolic Model Checking. Doktorarbeit 1992.

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