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Evaluation of Formal IDEs for Human-Machine Interface Design and Analysis: The Case of CIRCUS and PVSio-web

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Critical human-machine interfaces are present in many systems including avionics systems and medical devices. Use error is a concern in these systems both in terms of hardware panels and input devices, and the software that drives the interfaces. Guaranteeing safe usability, in terms of buttons, knobs and displays is now a key element in the overall safety of the system. New integrated development environments (IDEs) based on formal methods technologies have been developed by the research community to support the design and analysis of high-confidence human-machine interfaces. To date, little work has focused on the comparison of these particular types of formal IDEs. This paper compares and evaluates two state-of-the-art toolkits: CIRCUS, a model-based development and analysis tool based on Petri net extensions, and PVSio-web, a prototyping toolkit based on the PVS theorem proving system.

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Author(s): Fayollas C, Martinie C, Palanque P, Masci P, Harrison MD, Campos JC, Rodrigues e Silva S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS)

Year: 2017

Pages: 1-19

Online publication date: 30/01/2017

Acceptance date: 16/01/2017

Date deposited: 22/03/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2075-2180

Publisher: Open Publishing Association

URL: http://dx.doi/10.4204/EPTCS.240.1

DOI: 10.4204/EPTCS.240.1


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