1st Workshop on Monitoring and Testing of Cyber-Physical Systems

Part of CPS Week 2016

11 April 2016, Vienna, Austria


Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are integrations of heterogeneous collaborative entities that interact between themselves and with their physical environment. CPS exhibit complex and unpredictable behaviors, thus making their correctness and robustness analysis a challenging task. In order to address their full complexity, there is an emergent need for formal, yet efficient and scalable methods for the verification and analysis of CPS. Light-weight verification techniques, such as monitoring and testing, achieve both rigour and efficiency by enabling the evaluation of systems according to the properties of their individual behaviours. The MT CPS workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in the problems of detecting, testing, measuring and extracting qualitative and quantitative properties from CPS behaviors. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Specification languages for monitoring and testing
  • Runtime verification and monitoring
  • Black-box and white-box testing
  • Measuring and statistical information gathering
  • Simulation-based verification and parameter synthesis
  • Diagnostics, error localization and repair
  • Combination of static and dynamic analysis
  • Applications and case studies

Workshop Format

MT CPS workshop is intended to be a forum for exchanging the latest scientific trends between researchers and practitioners interested in the field of light-weight verification and analysis of CPS. As a consequence, the workshop will NOT have formal proceedings. We encourage submission of abstracts that address any of the aforementioned topics of interest and cover recently published results as well as the work in progress.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 14, 2016 February 21, 2016
  • Notification: March 5, 2016
  • Early registration: March 18, 2016
  • Workshop: April 11, 2016

Submission instructions

Abstracts are submitted via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mtcps2016. Abstracts should be in PDF form, up to 2 pages in length with 1-inch margins and at least 10-point font size, and may contain up to two figures. Abstracts should list the full names, affiliations, and contact information of all authors, and the submission should indicate whether the abstract will be presented as a poster, orally, or both. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those that are selected for oral and poster presentations will be distributed to workshop participants and posted on the workshop website.

Program Chairs

Program Committee


Bernhard K. Aichernig

Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology, Austria

Bernhard K. Aichernig

Bernhard K. Aichernig is a tenured associate professor, key researcher and project manager at Graz University of Technology, Austria. He is an expert in formal methods and model-based testing. His research focuses on the foundations of software engineering in order to achieve dependable computer-based systems. Since 2006, he runs European projects on this topic. Bernhard is also a board member of Formal Methods Europe (FME), an international organisation that promotes well-founded techniques in software engineering and organises the Formal Methods (FM) conferences.

From 2002 to 2006 he worked as a Research Fellow at UNU-IIST in Macao S.A.R., China, a research institute of the United Nations on software technology.

He holds a habilitation in Practical Computer Science and Formal Methods, a doctorate, and a diploma engineer degree from Graz University of Technology.

Killing Bugs in a Black Box with Model-based Mutation Testing

In this talk I will discuss the combination of model-based testing and mutation testing. Its central idea is to inject bugs in a model and generate a high-quality test suite that will kill these bugs in a system under test. We will cover its foundations, algorithms, tools and recent industrial applications. Model-based testing is a black-box testing technique that avoids the labour of manually writing hundreds of test cases, but instead advocates the capturing of the expected behaviour in a model of the system under test. The test cases are automatically generated from this model. The technique is receiving growing interest in the cyber-physical systems domain, where models are the rule rather than the exception. Mutation testing is a technique for assessing and improving a test suite. A number of faulty versions of a program under test are produced by injecting bugs into its source code. These faulty programs are called mutants. A tester analyses if the test suite can "kill" all mutants. We say that a test kills a mutant if it is able to distinguish it from the original. The tester improves the test suite until all faulty mutants get killed.


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Additional information

How to register?

MT CPS 2016 is part of CPS Week 2016. In order to register for the workshop, please use the CPS Week 2016 central registration website.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Time Talk Slides
08h20-08h30 Welcome
08h30-09h30 Invited talk - Bernhard Aichernig. Killing Bugs in a Black Box with Model-based Mutation Testing pdf
09h30-10h00 Anna Lukina, Radu Grosu, Ezio Bartocci and Scott A. Smolka. Statistical Model Checking as Feedback Control pdf
10h00-10h30 Bardh Hoxha and Georgios Fainekos. Pareto Front Exploration for Parametric Temporal Logic Specifications of Cyber-Physical Systems pdf
10h30-11h00 Coffee break
11h00-11h30 Thao Dang, Alie El-Din Mady, Boubekeur Menouer, Rajesh Kumar and Mark Moulin. Validation of Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: an application to HVAC systems pdf
11h30-12h00 Thang Nguyen, Dirk Hammerschmidt, Andrei Basa and Gerald Klatzer. Sensor Network Emulyzer for advanced Automotive System Testing and Development
12h00-12h30 Konstantin Selyunin and Stefan Jaksic. Many facets of Hardware Monitoring ppt
12h30-14h00 Lunch
14h00-14h30 László Balogh, István Dávid, István Ráth, Dániel Varró and András Vörös. Distributed and Heterogeneous Event-based Monitoring in Smart Cyber-Physical Systems pdf
14h30-15h00 Armin Wasicek. Cyber-Physical Intrusion Detection using Reference Models pdf
15h00-15h30 Tetsuya Tohdo. A Study of System and Software Testing based on Formal Verification Criteria
15h30-16h00 Coffee break
16h00-16h30 Adel Dokhanchi, Bardh Hoxha and Georgios Fainekos. MITL Specification Debugging for Monitoring of Cyber-Physical Systems pdf
16h30-17h00 Thomas Ferrère, Oded Maler and Dejan Nickovic. Trace Diagnostics for MTL Specifications pdf
17h00-17h30 Dogan Ulus. Montre: A Tool for Monitoring Timed Regular Expressions

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