Title:Perspectives in Probabilistic Verification

Speaker: Prof. Joost-Pieter Katoen RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Time:4£º00pm, Monday£¬June.30

Venue:Lecture Room,State Key Lab of Computer Science, Level 3 Building #5, Institute of Software, CAS


Soon after the birth of the flourishing research area of model
checking in the early eighties, researchers started to apply this
technique to finite automata equipped with probabilities. The
initial focus was on qualitative properties ¡ª e.g., does a program
terminate with probability one? ¡ª but later efficient algorithms
were developed for quantitative questions as well.

Model checking of probabilistic models received quite some attention
in the late nineties, and this popularity lasts until today. Some
application areas are security, randomised distributed algorithms,
systems biology, and classical performance analysis.

What is the current state of this field? Probabilistic verification,
quo vadis? This talks surveys the main achievements during the last
years, reports on some recent advances, and attempts to point out
some research challenges for the coming years.

Bio of the speaker

Joost-Pieter Katoen is a full professor at the RWTH Aachen University in
Germany and heads the group on Software Modeling and Verification.
He is also affiliated to the Formal Methods and Tools group of the Dutch
University of Twente. His research interests are in formal verification,
concurrency theory, pointer analysis, semantics, timed and probabilistic
systems. He co-authored about 100 papers in journals and international
conferences, is member of the ETAPS steering commitee, and editorial
board member of the Journal of Software. He recently published a text-
book on principles of model checking together with Christel Baier. Today
he will address some perspectives in probabilistic model checking, a field
in which he has been active since about 10 years.