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181.221 Seminar Formale Methoden
Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist in allen zugeordneten Curricula Teil der STEOP.
Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist in mindestens einem zugeordneten Curriculum Teil der STEOP.

2021W, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2.0
  • ECTS: 3.0
  • Typ: SE Seminar
  • LectureTube Lehrveranstaltung
  • Format der Abhaltung: Distance Learning


Nach positiver Absolvierung der Lehrveranstaltung sind Studierende in der Lage...

- read scientific papers,
- understand the content as well as the significance of a paper,
- literature research,
- present scientific work in an accessible manner

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung

The seminar covers selected topics in the field of formal methods. The course revolves around seminal research papers in the field of automated reasoning and computer-aided verification.  Each student will be assigned one research paper. The students are expected to read and understand the paper and prepare and present a half-hour talk on the topic. 



Proposed list of papers:

Papers proposed and to be supervised by Laura Kovacs:

Ezio Bartocci, Laura Kovács, Miroslav Stankovic:
Automatic Generation of Moment-Based Invariants for Prob-Solvable Loops. ATVA 2019: 255-276

Petra Hozzová, Laura Kovács, Andrei Voronkov:
Integer Induction in Saturation. CADE 2021: 361-377

Supratik Chakraborty, Ashutosh Gupta, Divyesh Unadkat:
Verifying Array Manipulating Programs with Full-Program Induction. TACAS (1) 2020: 22-39

Papers proposed and to be supervised by Georg Weissenbacher: 

Olivier Flückiger, Gabriel Scherer, Ming-Ho Yee, Aviral Goel, Amal Ahmed, Jan Vitek:
Correctness of Speculative Optimizations with Dynamic Deoptimization
Principles of Programming Languages 2018

Maria Christakis, Hasan Ferit Eniser, Holger Hermanns, Jörg Hoffmann, Yugesh Kothari, Jianlin Li, Jorge A. Navas, Valentin Wüstholz:
Automated Safety Verification of Programs Invoking Neural Networks
Computer Aided Verification 2021

Papers proposed and to be supervised by Florian Zuleger

Ankush Das, Stephanie Balzer, Jan Hoffmann, Frank Pfenning, Ishani
Resource-Aware Session Types for Digital Contracts. CSF 2021: 1-16
(with extended version available at

Martin Avanzini, Gilles Barthe, Ugo Dal Lago:
On continuation-passing transformations and expected cost analysis.
Proc. ACM Program. Lang. 5(ICFP): 1-30 (2021)

Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Joost-Pieter Katoen, Christoph Matheja,
Federico Olmedo:
Weakest Precondition Reasoning for Expected Runtimes of Randomized
Algorithms. J. ACM 65(5): 30:1-30:68 (2018)




The first objective is to read and understand the content as well as the significance of the assigned paper, and read up on related work if the paper is not self-contained. Prior to preparing the presentation, students are expected to discuss the papers in a meeting with the lecturer.

The objectives of the presentation are to present the topic in a manner accessible for their fellow students. Students are required to present and discuss their slides with the lecturer prior to giving the presentation.



Weitere Informationen


How to give a good talk (by Simon Peyton Jones, given in Vienna, October 2004):

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Vortragende Personen


LVA Termine

Mi.15:00 - 16:0003.11.2021 (LIVE)Initial Meeting Seminar Formal Methods


Students will be graded based on:

1.) Ability to read and understand the papers assigned to them. The
effort and initiative to independently read and understand the paper 
and to read up on related work will determine 50% of the grade. The
students' understanding of the paper will be evaluated during the
meetings with the lecturer and by means of questions after the talk.

2.) Ability to present the material in an accessible way to their fellow
students. The clarity and style of the presentation as well as the
students' effort to prepare the talk (e.g., by designing their own
examples rather than reusing material from the paper) determine 50% of 
the grade.

Additional information on grading: The relative difficulty of the
paper will be taken into account. Asking meaningful questions about
the presentations of fellow students will have a positive impact
on the grade (attendance of these talks is compulsory).


ECTS Breakdown:
40 hours for reading papers and related work, 
20 hours for preparing the presentation, 
15 hours of attending talks and meetings with the lecturer.
75 hours (3 ECTS)



  • November 3, 15:00-16:00: Initial meeting, online
  • From November 3: Individual meetings between students and seminar responsibles, online
  • January (date to be fixed): Student presentations


The topics and the organization of the seminar will be discussed during an initial meeting on October 13, 13:00-14:00, online. (If you can not attend this initial meeting you should contact as soon as possible).

Students can choose a paper by sending an email to

Students are expected to read the chosen papers, search relevant literature (reading related papers) and prepare a scientific presentation on the paper.

Students are expected two have at least two individual meetings with their supervisor, discussing the content of the paper, the outline of the presentation and the details of the presentation.

Student presentations will take place during Dec 1 (if this date does not work for all seminar participants, we will choose a date a few days earlier or later).


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