29.05.2013 – Talk by Luca Bortolussi

Title: Mean field approximation for stochastic model checking
Time: 14:00
Location: Meeting room
Type: Research Result
Speaker: Luca Bortolussi
Mean field approximation techniques are well established approaches to analyse large-scale stochastic processes, especially population Markov models. Some years ago, they have entered the arena of quantitative formal methods, and they provided a consistent way to define fluid semantics for stochastic process algebras.
Here, we will discuss how mean field approximation can play a role in another successful area of quantitative formal methods, namely stochastic model checking. In particular, we will focus on a subclass of Continuous Stochastic Logic (CSL), considering formulae that expresses properties of single agents in a population model, and we will present an approximate model checking algorithm based on mean field approximation. We will also discuss model checking CSL formulae against time-inhomogeneous CTMC models, as this turns out to be the core procedure needed for fluid approximation.
Finally, we will consider a class of global properties that can be analysed by linear noise approximation, a higher order fluid approximation.