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Volume 27 Issue 11-12 - Publication Date: 1 November 2008
 
Sampling-based Falsification and Verification of Controllers for Continuous Dynamic Systems
 
P. Cheng and V. Kumar GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania, 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228, USA
 
In this paper, we present a sampling-based verification algorithm for embedded robotic systems with continuous dynamics and uncertainty due to adversaries, unmodeled disturbance inputs, unknown parameters, or initial conditions. The algorithm attempts to find inputs (and resulting trajectories) that falsify the specifications of the system thus providing examples of bad inputs to the system. The system is said to be verified if the algorithm cannot find falsifying inputs. The main contribution of the paper is the analysis of the effects of discretization of the state and input spaces that are inherent to sampling-based techniques. We derive conditions that guarantee resolution completeness. These provide sufficient, although conservative, conditions for verifying Lipschitz continuous (but possibly non-smooth) dynamic systems without known analytical solutions. We analyze the effects of transformations of the input and state space on these conditions. The main results of this paper are illustrated with several simple examples.
 
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