Michael W Whalen


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AMASE: Model based safety analysis ARCHER: Compositional verification of systems-of-systems SNOW CRASH: White box fuzz testing


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Research interests

Software plays an increasing role in the operation of critical systems. As these systems become more complex, ensuring software correctness becomes much more difficult. I am interested in automated formal techniques for precisely specifying, implementing, and verifying software. To support these activities, I have developed several translation and analysis tools to support formal reasoning and test case generation. I have significant experience in applying formal verification and auto-test generation techniques to production DO178B Level A and B avionics software development efforts.

I am a part of the Critical Systems Group (CriSys) whose research interests are in the general area of software engineering; in particular, software development for critical software applications - applications where incorrect operation of the software could lead to loss of life, substantial material or environmental damage, or large monetary losses. The long-term goal of our research activities is the development of a comprehensive framework for the development of software for critical software systems. Our work has focused on some of the most difficult and least understood aspects of software development - requirements specification and validation/verification. For more information, and possible student research opportunities please visit the Crisys Group Page.


Csci8802: Advanced Software Engineering.  University of Minnesota, Spring Semester 2015

SEng 5861: Software Architecture.  University of Minnesota, Fall Semester 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

SEng 5841: Model-Based Software Development and Analysis.  University of Minnesota, Spring Semester 2007 

Professional Information

Miscellaneous Awards and Honors:

2016 Featured Faculty Member on the University of Minnesota “Driven To Discover” Campaign

2015 Dagstuhl Seminar Participant: Qualification of Formal Methods Tools

2014 Shonan Seminar Participant: Integration of Formal Methods and Testing for Model-Based Systems Engineering

2014 Inducted to IFIP 2.9 Working Group on Requirements

2013 MODELS Conference Best Reviewer Award

2012 Requirements Engineering Conference Ready-Set-Transfer contest winner

2012 Dagstuhl Seminar Participant: Architecture-Driven Semantic Analysis of Embedded Systems

2012 Senior Member IEEE
2010 Dagstuhl Seminar Participant: Practical Software Testing

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Minnesota

Award Date: Mar 31 2005

Research Interest Keywords

  • Model Checking
  • Software Testing
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Safety Critical Systems


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