Title:“Hierarchial Non-Intrusive In-Situ Requirements Monitoring for Embedded Systems”

Speaker: PhD Candidate Minjun Seo, University of Arizona, Tuscon

Date and Time: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2:00PM-3:00PM

Location:  Engineering Hall 2430


Accounting for all operating conditions of a system at the design stage is typically infeasible for complex systems. In-situ runtime monitoring and verification can enable a system to introspectively ensure the system is operating correctly in the presence of dynamic environment, to rapidly detect failures, and to provide detailed execution traces to find the root cause thereof. Two key challenges faced in using in-situ runtime verification for embedded systems include 1) efficiently defining and automatically constructing a requirements model for embedded system software and 2) minimizing the runtime overhead of observing and verifying the runtime execution adheres to the requirements model. In this talk, we present a methodology to construct a hierarchical runtime monitoring graph from system requirements specified us- ing multiple UML sequence diagrams, which are already commonly used in software development. We further present the design of on-chip hardware that nonintrusively monitors the system at runtime to ensure the execution matches the requirements model. We evaluate the proposed methodology using a case study of a fail-safe autonomous vehicle subsystem and analyze the relationship between event coverage, detection rate, and hardware requirements.


Minjun Seo is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona.  His current research focuses on efficient specification and implementation of in-situ requirements monitoring of embedded systems. His research interests also include design tools and optimization methods supporting efficient verification hardware, FPGAs, and HW/SW co-design. Mr. Seo received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2006 and a M.S. in Computer Science in 2008 from Kyungnam University.