Contribution to the Formal Specification and Verification of a Multi-Agent Robotic System [article]

Nadeem Akhtar, Malik M. Saad Missen
2015 arXiv   pre-print
It is important to have multi-agent robotic system specifications that ensure correctness properties of safety and liveness. As these systems have concurrency, and often have dynamic environment, the formal specification and verification of these systems along with step-wise refinement from abstract to concrete concepts play a major role in system correctness. Formal verification is used for exhaustive investigation of the system space thus ensuring that undetected failures in the behavior are
more » ... xcluded. We construct the system incrementally from subcomponents, based on software architecture. The challenge is to develop a safe multi-agent robotic system, more specifically to ensure the correctness properties of safety and liveness. Formal specifications based on model-checking are flexible, have a concrete syntax, and play vital role in correctness of a multi-agent robotic system. To formally verify safety and liveness of such systems is important because they have high concurrency and in most of the cases have dynamic environment. We have considered a case-study of a multi-agent robotic system for the transport of stock between storehouses to exemplify our formal approach. Our proposed development approach allows for formal verification during specification definition. The development process has been classified in to four major phases of requirement specifications, verification specifications, architecture specifications and implementation.
arXiv:1604.05577v1 fatcat:hwg3qh2o2nc6xepka5pfwjq6hu