The automated verification group at Oxford is internationally recognized as among the largest and strongest in the world.
Our work spans a wide range of research, from fundamental investigations into the decidability and complexity of model checking
for various types of infinite-state systems, through process calculi, logics and semantic models, all the way to practical,
machine-assisted methods applicable to real-world problems and programming languages. We also have strong industrial links.
Our key strengths include concurrency, abstraction, industrial-scale hardware verification, software model checking, and verification
of real-time and probabilistic systems, with applications in security protocols, power management, nanotechnology, and biology.
A major source of impact is the adoption by others of verification tools resulting from our research: FDR
(model checker), Casper (security protocol compiler),
SatAbs (SAT-based model checker for C with predicate abstraction), CBMC
(bounded model checker for C) and PRISM (probabilistic model checker). All
are highly cited and widely used in industrial contexts, both for research and teaching.
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