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Section: Research Program

Automated and Interactive Theorem Proving

The VeriDis team unites experts in techniques and tools for interactive and automated verification, and specialists in methods and formalisms designed for developing concurrent and distributed systems and algorithms that are firmly grounded on precise mathematical and semantical abstractions. Our common objective is to advance the state of the art in interactive and automatic deduction techniques, and their combinations, resulting in powerful tools for the computer-aided verification of distributed systems and protocols. Our techniques and tools support sound methods for the development of trustworthy distributed systems that scale to algorithms relevant for practical applications.

VeriDis members from Saarbrücken are developing Spass  [10] , one of the leading automated theorem provers for first-order logic based on the superposition calculus [46] . Recent extensions to the system include the integration of dedicated reasoning procedures for specific theories, such as linear arithmetic [56] , [45] , that are ubiquitous in the verification of systems and algorithms. The group also studies general frameworks for the combination of theories such as the locality principle [57] and automated reasoning mechanisms these induce. Finally, members of the group design effective quantifier elimination methods and decision procedures for algebraic theories, supported by their efficient implementation in the Redlog system [4] .

In a complementary approach to automated deduction, VeriDis members from Nancy develop veriT [1] , an SMT (Satisfiability Modulo Theories [48] ) solver that combines decision procedures for different fragments of first-order logic and that integrates an automatic theorem prover for full first-order logic. The veriT solver is designed to produce detailed proofs; this makes it particularly suitable as a component of a robust cooperation of deduction tools.

We rely on interactive theorem provers for reasoning about specifications at a high level of abstraction. Members of VeriDis have ample experience in the specification and subsequent machine-assisted, interactive verification of algorithms. In particular, we participate in a project at the joint MSR-Inria Centre in Saclay on the development of methods and tools for the formal proof of TLA+ [52] specifications. Our prover relies on a declarative proof language, and we contribute several automatic backends [3] .