Rooting Formal Methods Within Higher Education Curricula for Computer Science and Software Engineering — A White Paper

Antonio Cerone, Markus Roggenbach, James Davenport, Casey Denner, Marie Farrell, Magne Haveraaen, Faron Moller, Philipp Körner, Sebastian Krings, Peter Csaba Ölveczky, Bernd Holger Schlingloff, Nikolay Shilov, Rustam Zhumagambetov

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Abstract

This white paper argues that formal methods need to be better rooted in higher education curricula for computer science and software engineering programmes of study. To this end, it advocates improved teaching of formal methods;systematic highlighting of formal methods within existing, ‘classical’ computer science courses; andthe inclusion of a compulsory formal methods course in computer science and software engineering curricula. These recommendations are based on the observations that formal methods are an essential and cost-effective means to increase software quality; howevercomputer science and software engineering programmes typically fail to provide adequate training in formal methods; and thusthere is a lack of computer science graduates who are qualified to apply formal methods in industry. This white paper is the result of a collective effort by authors and participants of the 1st International Workshop on Formal Methods – Fun for Everybody which was held in Bergen, Norway, 2–3 December 2019. As such, it represents insights based on learning and teaching computer science and software engineering (with or without formal methods) at various universities across Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFormal Methods – Fun for Everybody
Subtitle of host publicationFMFun 2019
EditorsAntonio Cerone, Markus Roggenbach
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-26
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9783030713737
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2021
Event1st International Workshop on Formal Methods - Fun for Everybody, FMFun 2019 - Bergen, Norway
Duration: 2 Dec 20193 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1301 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference1st International Workshop on Formal Methods - Fun for Everybody, FMFun 2019
CountryNorway
CityBergen
Period2/12/193/12/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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