Projects for Students
We offer projects suitable for
- bachelor and master thesis
- bachelor and master practical course
- interdisciplinary project
- paid work as “studentische Hilfskraft” (HiWi) with flexible conditions
The following projects are currently available:
Verification of approximation algorithms for graphs
Many basic graph theoretic problems are either NP-hard or are not known to be solved in better than impractical polynomial times. This makes solving those problems prohibitive if not impossible for real-world graphs. Approximation algorithms circumvent that by using less resources than exact algorithms, at the expense of providing only approximate solutions. In this project the student would formally verify that 1) the approximate solutions of those algorithms meet a certain quality guarantee and 2) the upper bounds on their runtimes are correct. Particularly interesting algorithms are for computing lower-bounds on (directed) graph diameters and approximate solutions to the All-Pairs-Shortest-Paths problem. Some of those algorithms are deterministic, and others have elements of randomness in them. A randomised algorithm would be more interesting from a verification perspective.
A Decision Procedure for Bounded Lattices
The goal of this project is to formalize a decision procedure for bounded lattices. The procedure also supports monotone functions over those lattices. Bounded lattices are an important algebraic structure of which booleans and sets are instances.
Verification of Combinatorial Algorithms
The aim is to verify a library of algorithms for listing combinatorial objects: permutations, subsets, partitions, trees, … .
The goal of this project is to formalize a proof-producing congruence closure algorithm. Congruence closure is an important operation in automated theorem proving that determines which terms are equal under substitutivity of equality and a given set of equalities.
Efficient Algorithms and Data Structures in Isabelle/HOL
The goal of this project is to formalize some algorithm (e.g. the blossom algorithm for maximal cardinality matching, algorithm for closest pair of points,…) or efficient data structure in Isabelle/HOL and use refinement techniques to refine the algorithm down to efficiently executable code.
Numerical Proof Procedures in Isabelle/HOL
The Isabelle theorem prover can prove variable-free arithmetic statements automatically, for example arctan 1.5 < 1. The proof procedure uses Taylor polynomials and interval arithmetic. It should be extended to support more operations or make use of IEEE floating point numbers.
Focus: A Calculus for the Verification of Interactive Distributed Concurrent Systems in Isabelle
Formalization of a calculus for proving the correctness of systems of stream processing functions w.r.t. interface specifications, together with soundness and correctness proofs of the calculus.
Go Code Generation
Isabelle is a proof assistant with a built-in functional programming language. To compile and execute these programs, Isabelle offers code generation to the four target languages ML, OCaml, Haskell and Scala. The thesis is concerned with adding a fifth target language: Go.
Formalising graph theoretic results with combinatorial optimisation applications
Combinatorial optimisation algorithms and proofs of their correctness depend, in many cases, on graph theoretic results. In this project the student would formalise such graph theoretic results in Isabelle/HOL. The formalisation would build on a theory of undirected graphs developed in the context of verifying Edmond’s blossom shrinking algorithm.
Improving Isabelle Proofs
In interactive theorem provers such as Isabelle, the system provides a collection of automatic proof methods for solving individual goals. Applications of those methods require a varying amount of user input and configuration. Consequently, proofs can often be stated differently, with different run-time and cognitive complexity characteristics. The task is to build a tool to re-write proofs into an optimized version.
Extending the theory of line integrals or generalising it to surface integrals
Line integrals are a basic concept of integration that evolved in the context of physics, but currently has many applications. An Isabelle/HOL theory of line integrals was developed as a part of formalising Green’s theorem. In this project the student would work on extending the existing theory of line integrals by proving more of their properties, with a special focus on practically useful properties of them, like evaluation of different line integrals. A second possibility is developing a theory of surface integrals, which could be seen as a generalisation of the existing theory of line integrals.
Formalising Set Theory Based on Partial Functions
The goal of this project is to develop a formalisation of set theory, based on (partial) functions, starting from an embedding of free logic in Isabelle/HOL.
Tabulation hashing is a method to construct 3-independent hash families using fast efficient binary-operations. In this work the aim is to construct such hash families and verify their probabilistic properties.
Theorem Dependency Mining
The theories of the Isabelle Archive of Formal Proofs (AFP) form a large dependency graph. This projects goal is to utilize graph mining techniques in order to identify useful patterns in theorem dependencies, such as lemmas that are frequently used together in proofs.
Automatic Definition of Running Time Functions
The aim of this project is to automate the definition of ``running time functions’’, i.e. functions that express the complexity of another function. The automation should translate the definition of some function
f in a simple functional language to an analogous function that computes the number of function calls
Verified planning under uncertainty (i.e. (PO)MDP planning)
AI planning is the discipline aiming at building agents (i.e. computer programs) that act to achieve a certain goal, given a declarative description of the environment and the actions available to it. In practical applications, like autonomous vehicles driving, it is not possible to model the exact effects of actions. Planning in settings with uncertainty has been explored in the areas of AI, control, and operations research. In those settings the environment is commonly modelled as a factored Markov decision process (MDP) or a partially observable MDP.
Verified state space based classical planning
State space search is a successful technique to solve classical AI planning problems, i.e. deterministic problems with finite states. The main task of this project is to (partially) build a formally verified A* based planning algorithm.