Dynamically-Driven Timed Automaton Abstractions for Proving Liveness of Continuous Systems

  • Rebekah Carter
  • Eva M. Navarro-López
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7595)


We look at the problem of proving inevitability of continuous dynamical systems. An inevitability property says that a region of the state space will eventually be reached: this is a type of liveness property from the computer science viewpoint, and is related to attractivity of sets in dynamical systems. We consider a method of Maler and Batt to make an abstraction of a continuous dynamical system to a timed automaton, and show that a potentially infinite number of splits will be made if the splitting of the state space is made arbitrarily. To solve this problem, we define a method which creates a finite-sized timed automaton abstraction for a class of linear dynamical systems, and show that this timed abstraction proves inevitability.


Continuous-time systems Abstraction Automated verification Liveness properties Timed automata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebekah Carter
    • 1
  • Eva M. Navarro-López
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceThe University of ManchesterUK

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