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Computer-assisted Theorem Proving
(dt. Rechnergestützte Beweissysteme)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Intermediate 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: 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 study course B.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme B.Sc. Informatik / Informatik Wahlpflichtmodule
One semester,
alle 3 bis 4 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. H.-Peter Gumm


  • Sequential calculus for Propositional and Predicate Logic
  • Resolution Methods for Predicate Logic
  • Specifying and Proving in PVS
  • Typed Logic and Type Correctness Conditions
  • Equality, Rewrite-Systems,
  • Decision Procedures, Nelson-Oppen, Shostak Algorithm
  • Induction and Higher Order Logic
  • Synthesis of Programs and Data Types
  • Co-Datatypes
  • Intuitionistic Logic and Intuitionistic Calculi
  • Implementation of Non-Standard Logics in Jape
  • Hardware Synthesis: The Lambda System

Qualification Goals

  • Formal specification of proof tasks,
  • Methods, calculations and algorithms for computer-aided proof,
  • Dealing with industrial strength interactive proof systems,
  • Special logics and their treatments,
  • Training scientific skills (recognition, formulation, problem solving, abstraction),
  • Training of oral communication skills in the labs by practicing free speech and discussion in front of an audience.


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

Recommended Reading

  • N.Shankar: Specification and Proof with PVS (
  • M. Hofmann: Vorlesungsskript Rechnergestütztes Beweisen, 2006
  • F.v.Henke, K.Pfeifer: PVS Einführung. 2006
  • S. Owre, J. Rushby, et al: A tutorial introduction to PVS, 1996
  • W. Schreiner: The RISC ProofNavigator, Tutorial and Manual, RISC, 2008.

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