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Verification of Sampled-Data Systems using Coq


Due to their safety-critical nature, cyber-physical systems (CPS) demand the most rigorous verification techniques. However, the complexity of the domain puts many cyber-physical systems outside the scope of automated verification tools. Formal deductive proofs hold the potential to verify virtually any property of any system, but proofs for practical cyber-physical systems often require an impractical amount of manual effort. This proof burden can be mitigated by capturing common reasoning patterns in powerful higher-order proof rules. Existing work has focused on proof rules applicable to arbitrary hybrid systems (a formal model for CPS), but many systems actually fall into more constrained classes. One such class of systems are called sampled-data systems, in which a discrete controller runs periodically. In this dissertation, we complement general hybrid system proof rules with a series of rules that leverage the particular structure of sampled-data systems. We demonstrate the applicability of these rules on the double integrator, an important model in robotic and vehicle systems. All work is formalized in the Coq proof assistant, whose expressive logic is crucial to maintaining soundness while applying domain-specific proof rules for sampled-data systems. Finally, we experimentally evaluate our results by implementing verified controllers on a quadcopter and conducting flight tests.

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