Moshe Vardi

Rice University

One of the surprising developments in the area of program verification in the late part of the 20th Century is the emergence of Linear Temporal Logic (LTL), a logic that emerged in philisophical studies of free will, as the cannonical language for describing temporal behavior of computer systems. LTL, however, is not expressive enough for industrial applications.


The first decade of the 21 Century saw the emergence of industrial temporal logics such as ForSpec, PSL, and SVA. These logics, however, are not clean enough to serve as objects of theoretical study. This talk will describe the rise and fall of LTL, and will propose a new cannonical temporal logic: Linear Dynamic Logic (LDL).



Moshe Y. Vardi is the George Distinguish Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology Institute at Rice University. He is the co-recipient of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, and the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award.  He is the author and co-author of over 400 papers, as well as two books: "Reasoning about Knowledge" and "Finite Model Theory and Its Applications". He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science, and Academia Europea. He holds honorary doctorates from the Saarland University in Germany and Orleans University in France.


B17 Upson Hall

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Refreshments at 3:45pm in the Upson 4th Floor Atrium


Computer Science


Spring 2011

The Rise and Fall of LTL