Acta Informatica (2017) 54:543–544 DOI 10.1007/s00236-017-0299-0 EDITORIAL 1 2 Krishnendu Chatterjee · Rüdiger Ehlers Published online: 12 April 2017 © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017 The ubiquity of computation in modern machines and devices imposes a need to assert the correctness of their behavior. Especially in the case of safety-critical systems, their designers need to take measures that enforce their safe operation. Formal methods has emerged as a research ﬁeld that addresses this challenge: by rigorously proving that all system executions adhere to their speciﬁcations, the correctness of an implementation under concern can be assured. To achieve this goal, a plethora of techniques are nowadays available, all of which are optimized for different system types and application domains. But formal methods do not stop at the idea to verify a system to be correct after it has been constructed. Already in the early years of computer science, the desire to automate the system engineering process to the greatest possible extent was formulated. For reactive systems, this is commonly referred to as Church’s problem: given a speciﬁcation over some set of propositions, and a partitioning of the propositions into outputs that the system to be designed can set, and inputs that
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