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Ideas for a high-level proof strategy language

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Cliff JonesORCiD, Dr Gudmond Grov



Finding ways to prove theorems mechanically was one of the earliest challenges tackled by the AI community. Notable progress has been made but there is still always a limit to any set of heuristic search techniques. From a proof done by human users, we wish to find out whether AI techniques can also be used to learn from a human user. AI4FM (Artificial Intelligence for Formal Methods) is a four-year project that starts officially in April 2010 (see It focuses on helping users of "formal methods" many of which give rise to proof obligations that have to be (mechanically) verified (by a theorem prover). In industrial-sized developments, there are often a large number of proof obligations and, whilst many of them succumb to similar proof strategies, those that remain can hold up engineers trying to use formal methods. The goal of AI4FM is to learn enough from one manual proof, to discharge proof obligations automatically that yield to similar proof strategies. To achieve this, a high-level (proof) strategy language is required, and in this paper we outline some ideas of such language, and towards extracting them.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jones CB, Grov G, Bundy A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2010

Pages: 8

Print publication date: 01/07/2010

Source Publication Date: July 2010

Report Number: 1210

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne