• Groene Loper 5, Metaforum

    5612 AP Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Formal System Analysis focuses on theories, techniques and tools for modeling and analyzing the behaviors of software-controlled systems.

Highlighted phrase

Formal analysis is essential for cost-effective, highly reliable software-controlled systems

Organisational profile

The FSA group studies the foundations of software-controlled systems and develops languages and techniques for modelling and analyzing real-world, industrial-scale applications. Expertise in the group includes process algebras for reasoning about concurrent, timed and probabilistic system behavior, SAT- and SMT-solvers, rewriting, and model checking technology. Research focusses on scalability of the technology, which is required for its use in the development of software controlled-systems.  The group offers courses in Logic, Formal Methods, Model Checking, Micro-processor Verification, and Automated Reasoning. 

Much of the group’s research is consolidated in tools. Prominent examples include mCRL2 and MaDL. mCRL2 is a process-algebraic language with an award-winning tool set for modeling and analyzing concurrent systems. MaDL is a language with associated verification techniques for scalable liveness verification of micro-architectures of computer processors. 

Current areas of application include protocols, hardware designs and industrial control systems. Recent examples include the formalization of the commercial industrial modelling and code generation language Dezyne, which relies on mCRL2 for analyzing the system behaviors. Past examples include verification of the control systems of the four large experiments in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, using model checking and satisfiability solving to improve the control system reliability, and the analysis of the software architecture of the first award-winning Stella Solar Car.

Recent research projects in which FSA is involved include: 

  • AVVA: Accelerated Verification and Verification Accelerated (NWO TOP grant)
  • MERITS: Model extraction for re-engineering traditional software (NWO Big Software, with Philips Healthcare)
  • Formal verification of cache coherent multi-core architectures (NWO TOP grant)
  • DEWI: Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure (Artemis project)

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Model checking Engineering & Materials Science
Specifications Engineering & Materials Science
Semantics Engineering & Materials Science
Algebra Engineering & Materials Science
Bisimulation Mathematics
Rewriting Mathematics
Formal methods Engineering & Materials Science
Software design Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2001 2020

A formal actor-based model for streaming the future

Azadbakht, K., de Boer, F. S., Bezirgiannis, N. & de Vink, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : Science of Computer Programming. 186, 22 p., 102341.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Specification languages
Application programs
Computer programming languages

Finding compact proofs for infinite-data parameterised Boolean equation systems

Neele, T., Willemse, T. A. C. & Groote, J. F., 1 Mar 2020, In : Science of Computer Programming. 188, 22 p., 102389.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Model checking

A complete axiomatization of branching bisimilarity for a simple process language with probabilistic choice: (extended abstract)

van Glabbeek, R. J., Groote, J. F. & de Vink, E. P., 4 Nov 2019, The Art of Modelling Computational Systems: {A} Journey from Logic and Concurrency to Security and Privacy - Essays Dedicated to Catuscia Palamidessi on the Occasion of Her 60th Birthday. Alvim, M. S., Chatzikokolakis, K., Olarte, C. & Valencia, F. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 139-162 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11760 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Equational Theory


Best Paper award

J.F. Groote (Recipient), J.W. Wesselink (Recipient) & Tim A.C. Willemse (Recipient), 20 Sep 2017

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Modeling languages

Best Paper award

S.P. Luttik (Recipient) & Tim A.C. Willemse (Recipient), 4 Sep 2018

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Paper Award FACS 2018

T.S. Neele (Recipient), Tim A.C. Willemse (Recipient) & J.F. Groote (Recipient), 11 Oct 2018

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2005 2005

  • 1 Contributed talk

IPA Herfstdagen on Security (November 21-25,2005), Zwartsluis, The Netherlands

Erik de Vink (Speaker)
22 Nov 2005

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Press / Media

Introduction to Type Theory.pdf

J.H. Geuvers


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

EIT Digital launches three additional IoT MOOCs on Coursera

J.F. (Jan Friso) Groote


38 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

New Developments in Model Driven Software Engineering

J.F. (Jan Friso) Groote


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Abstracting real-valued parameters in parameterised boolean equation systems

Author: Laveaux, M., 26 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Willemse, T. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


A complete axiomatisation for probabilistic trace equivalence

Author: Timmers, F., 26 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Groote, J. F. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Adding sequential composition and termination to the linear time: branching time spectrum

Author: Nijland, L., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Luttik, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master