Formal Methods in Computer Science (美國原版)

Wang, Jiacun, Tepfenhart, William

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This textbook gives students a comprehensive introduction to formal methods and their application in software and hardware specification and verification. It has three parts: The first part introduces some fundamentals in formal methods, including set theory, functions, finite state machines, and regular expressions. The second part focuses on logic, a powerful formal language in specifying systems properties. It is composed of four chapters: propositional logic, predicate logic, temporal logic, and model checking. The third part presents the most popular formal language in system behavior modeling, Petri nets. It has three chapters: Petri nets, timed Petri nets and high-level Petri nets.


Jiacun Wang received a PhD in computer engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. He is a professor of Software Engineering at Monmouth University. He was previously with Nortel Networks and was a research associate at Florida International University. Dr. Wang has been teaching formal methods for both undergraduates and graduates at Monmouth University since 2004.

William Tepfenhart was a professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Monmouth University. Trained as a physicist, his areas of expertise included object-oriented software development, artificial intelligence, and software engineering. His knowledge of modeling physical systems formed the basis for major contributions in the area of software development.