Model-based testing of cyber-physical systems

Arend Aerts, M.A. Reniers, M. Mousavi

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Cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are the result of the integration of connected computer systems with the physical world. They feature complex interactions that go beyond traditional communication schemes and protocols in computer systems. One distinguished feature of such complex interactions is the tight coupling between discrete and continuous interactions, captured by hybrid system models.

Due to the complexity of CPSs, providing rigorous and model-based analysis methods and tools for verifying correctness of such systems is of the utmost importance. Model-based testing (MBT) is one such verification technique that can be used for checking the conformance of an implementation of a system to its specification (model).

In this chapter, we first review the main concepts and techniques in MBT. Subsequently, we review the most common modeling formalisms for CPSs, with focus on hybrid system models. Subsequently, we provide a brief overview of conformance relations and conformance testing techniques for CPSs
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyber-Physical Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations, Principles and Applications
EditorsH. Song, D.B. Rawat, S. Jeschke, C. Brecher
Place of Publications.l.
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128038741
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-803801-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Conformance
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Model-based testing
  • Test coverage
  • Test-case generation
  • V-model


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