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Formal modeling and verification of UML Activity Diagrams (UAD) with FoCaLiZe

Formal modeling and verification of UML Activity Diagrams (UAD) with FoCaLiZe
Formal modeling and verification of UML Activity Diagrams (UAD) with FoCaLiZe
The UML Activity Diagram (UAD) is mostly used for modeling behavioral aspects of objects and systems. OCL (Object Constraint Language) is used together with UAD to specify guard conditions and action constraints. Due to the ambiguous semantics of UAD, it is relevant to formalize such diagrams using formal semantics and formal methods. In this paper, we opt for a formal transformation of UML activity diagrams denoted by functional semantics into FoCaLiZe, a proof based formal language. The ultimate goal is to detect eventual inconsistencies of UML activity diagrams and to prove their properties using Zenon, the automatic theorem prover of FoCaLiZe. In addition to the proposed formal basis for UAD. The presented approach directly supports action constraints, activity partitions and the communication between structural and dynamic aspects of UML models.
Formal methods, Model properties, Model verification, Software engineering, UML Activity Diagram, UML semantics
1383-7621
Abbas, Messaoud
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Rioboo, Renaud
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Ben-Yelles, Choukri-Bey
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Snook, Colin
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Abbas, Messaoud
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Rioboo, Renaud
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Ben-Yelles, Choukri-Bey
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Snook, Colin
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Abbas, Messaoud, Rioboo, Renaud, Ben-Yelles, Choukri-Bey and Snook, Colin (2020) Formal modeling and verification of UML Activity Diagrams (UAD) with FoCaLiZe. Journal of Systems Architecture, [101911]. (doi:10.1016/j.sysarc.2020.101911).

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Abstract

The UML Activity Diagram (UAD) is mostly used for modeling behavioral aspects of objects and systems. OCL (Object Constraint Language) is used together with UAD to specify guard conditions and action constraints. Due to the ambiguous semantics of UAD, it is relevant to formalize such diagrams using formal semantics and formal methods. In this paper, we opt for a formal transformation of UML activity diagrams denoted by functional semantics into FoCaLiZe, a proof based formal language. The ultimate goal is to detect eventual inconsistencies of UML activity diagrams and to prove their properties using Zenon, the automatic theorem prover of FoCaLiZe. In addition to the proposed formal basis for UAD. The presented approach directly supports action constraints, activity partitions and the communication between structural and dynamic aspects of UML models.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 October 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 October 2020
Keywords: Formal methods, Model properties, Model verification, Software engineering, UML Activity Diagram, UML semantics

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Local EPrints ID: 444674
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444674
ISSN: 1383-7621
PURE UUID: 25abd23c-6b61-468a-87dc-860214005646
ORCID for Colin Snook: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0210-0983

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Date deposited: 29 Oct 2020 17:31
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 02:45

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Author: Messaoud Abbas
Author: Renaud Rioboo
Author: Choukri-Bey Ben-Yelles
Author: Colin Snook ORCID iD

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