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From Goal-Oriented Requirements to Event-B Specifications

Benjamin Aziz, Alvaro Arenas, Juan Bicarregui, Christophe Ponsard, Philippe Massonet, "From Goal-Oriented Requirements to Event-B Specifications", The First NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2009), Moffett Field, California (USA), April 6-8, 2009.

In goal-oriented requirements engineering methodologies, goals are structured into refinement trees from high-level system-wide goals down to fine-grained requirements assigned to specific software/ hardware/human agents that can realise them. Functional goals assigned to software agents need to be operationalised into specification of services that the agent should provide to realise those requirements. In this paper, we propose an approach for operationalising requirements into specifications expressed in the Event-B formalism. Our approach has the benefit of aiding software designers by bridging the gap between declarative requirements and operational system specifications in a rigorous manner, enabling powerful correctness proofs and allowing further refinements down to the implementation level. Our solution is based on verifying that a consistent Event-B machine exhibits properties corresponding to requirements.