Methods of Checking General Safety Criteria in Uml Statechart Specifications

TitleMethods of Checking General Safety Criteria in Uml Statechart Specifications
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsPap, Z., Majzik, I., Pataricza, A., and Szegi, A.
Pagination89 - 107
Date Published2005
ISBN Number0951-8320

This paper describes methods and tools for safety analysis of UML statechart specifications. A comprehensive set of general safety criteria including completeness and consistency is applied in automated analysis. Analysis techniques are based on OCL expressions, graph transformations and reachability analysis. Two canonical intermediate representations of the statechart specification are introduced. They are suitable for straightforward implementation of checker methods and for the support of the proof of the correctness and soundness of the applied analysis. One of them also serves as a basis of the metamodel of a variant of UML statecharts proposed for the specification of safety-critical control systems. The analysis is extended to object-oriented specifications. Examples illustrate the application of the checker methods implemented by an automated tool-set. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.