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Safety-critical system requirements specification based on the spectra language: a case study in the medical devices domain

Grant number: 18/17592-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): December 20, 2018
Effective date (End): March 17, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Cooperation agreement: European Research Council
Principal researcher:Luiz Eduardo Galvão Martins
Grantee:Luiz Eduardo Galvão Martins
Host: Shahar Maoz
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia (ICT). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São José dos Campos. São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Tel Aviv University, Israel  


Safety-Critical Systems (SCS) are becoming more and more present in the daily lives of modern societies, increasing people's dependence on them. Current SCS are strongly based on computational technology; possible failures in the operation of these systems can lead to accidents and endanger human life, as well as to damage the environment and property. SCS are present in many areas such as avionics, automotive systems, industrial plants (chemical, oil & gas, and nuclear), medical devices, railroad control, defense and aerospace systems, among others. The requirements specification of any system is crucial for the correct development of the system. It becomes even more relevant in the development of SC. The aim of this proposal is to investigate the process of transforming requirements specification written in natural language to requirements specification written in SPECTRA language. SPECTRA is a formal language built to specify reactive systems. The case study to be carried out in this proposal focuses on the requirements specification of a low cost insulin infusion pump. The requirements will be initially specified in natural language, and later transformed into SPECTRA language. During the transformation process we will verify the potential of the use of the SPECTRA language in the stage of requirements specification, identifying the difficulties in the transformation process and the advantages obtained. The SPECTRA language is being developed within the context of the ERC - SYNTECH project.

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