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Lecture: Formal Methods and Functional Programming

Master in Information Security

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Bachelor Course 252-0058-00L, Spring Semester 2010



Lecturers: Prof. Dr. David Basin and Prof. Dr. Peter Müller

Classes: Tue 9-11 in HG E 7, Thu 10-12 in HG F 7


(second half of the course)

(first half of the course - now completed)

Credits: 7

Homework is optional, but highly recommended. There will be a midterm and a final exam. The grade in the course will be determined based on the average points received in the midterm and the final exam.

Requirements: none

Language: English


In this course, participants will learn about new ways of specifying, reasoning about, and developing programs and computer systems. Our objective is to help students raise their level of abstraction in modeling and implementing systems.

The first part of the course will focus on designing and reasoning about functional programs. Functional programs are mathematical expressions that are evaluated and reasoned about much like ordinary mathematical functions. As a result, these expressions are simple to analyze and compose to implement large-scale programs. We will cover the mathematical foundations of functional programming, the lambda calculus, as well as higher-order programming, typing, and proofs of correctness.

The second part of the course will focus on deductive and algorithmic validation of programs modeled as transition systems. As an example of deductive verification, students will learn how to formalize the semantics of imperative programming languages and how to use a formal semantics to prove properties of languages and programs. As an example of algorithmic validation, the course will introduce model checking and apply it to programs and program designs.


Literature for the second part:

Literature for the first part:

Additional literature for interested students:

Course Material: here


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