Maximum Realizability for Linear Temporal Logic Specifications

  • Rayna DimitrovaEmail author
  • Mahsa Ghasemi
  • Ufuk Topcu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11138)


Automatic synthesis from linear temporal logic (LTL) specifications is widely used in robotic motion planning and control of autonomous systems. A common specification pattern in such applications consists of an LTL formula describing the requirements on the behaviour of the system, together with a set of additional desirable properties. We study the synthesis problem in settings where the overall specification is unrealizable, more precisely, when some of the desirable properties have to be (temporarily) violated in order to satisfy the system’s objective. We provide a quantitative semantics of sets of safety specifications, and use it to formalize the “best-effort” satisfaction of such soft specifications while satisfying the hard LTL specification. We propose an algorithm for synthesizing implementations that are optimal with respect to this quantitative semantics. Our method builds upon the idea of bounded synthesis, and we develop a MaxSAT encoding which allows for maximizing the quantitative satisfaction of the soft specifications. We evaluate our algorithm on scenarios from robotics and power distribution networks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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