Thomas Vogel

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A User-Study Protocol for Evaluation of Formal Verification Results and their Explanation

Reference

Arut Prakash Kaleeswaran, Arne Nordmann, Thomas Vogel, and Lars Grunske. “A User-Study Protocol for Evaluation of Formal Verification Results and their Explanation”. In: Registered Reports Track at the 37th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME). ICSME RR ‘21. 2021.

Abstract

Context: The complexity of modern safety-critical systems in industries keep on increasing due to the rising number of features and functionalities. This calls for formal methods in order to entrust confidence in such systems. Nevertheless, using formal methods in industry is demanding because of usability issues, e.g., the difficulty of understanding model checking results. Thus the hypothesis is, presenting the result of model checker results in a user-friendly manner could promote formal methods usage in industries. Objective: We aim to evaluate the acceptance of formal methods by engineers if the complexity of understanding verification results is made easy. Method: We perform two different exploratory studies. First, we conduct an online survey to explore challenges in identifying inconsistent specifications and using formal methods from engineers. Second, we perform a one group pretest and posttest experiment to collect impressions from engineers using formal methods if understanding verification results is eased. Limitations: The main limitation of this study is the generalization because the survey focuses on a particular target group and it uses a pre-experimental design.

BibTeX

@inproceedings{2021-ICSME-RR,
 author = {Kaleeswaran, Arut Prakash and Nordmann, Arne and Vogel, Thomas and Grunske, Lars},
 title = {A User-Study Protocol for Evaluation of Formal Verification Results and their Explanation},
 year = {2021},
 booktitle = {Registered Reports Track at the 37th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME)},
 series = {ICSME~RR~'21},
 note = {\url{https://arxiv.org/abs/2108.06376}},
}
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