Modeling and testing a family of surgical robots: An experience report

Niloofar Mansoor, Jonathan A. Saddler, Bruno Silva, Hamid Bagheri, Myra B. Cohen, Shane Farritor

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Abstract

Safety-critical applications often use dependability cases to validate that specified properties are invariant, or to demonstrate a counter example showing how that property might be violated. However, most dependability cases are written with a single product in mind. At the same time, software product lines (families of related software products) have been studied with the goal of modeling variability and commonality, and building family based techniques for both analysis and testing. However, there has been little work on building an end to end dependability case for a software product line (where a property is modeled, a counter example is found and then validated as a true positive via testing), and none that we know of in an emerging safety-critical domain, that of robotic surgery. In this paper, we study a family of surgical robots, that combine hardware and software, and are highly configurable, representing over 1300 unique robots. At the same time, they are considered safety-critical and should have associated dependability cases. We perform a case study to understand how we can bring together lightweight formal analysis, feature modeling, and testing to provide an end to end pipeline to find potential violations of important safety properties. In the process, we learned that there are some interesting and open challenges for the research community, which if solved will lead towards more dependable safety-critical cyber-physical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationESEC/FSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 26th ACM Joint Meeting on European So ftware Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of So ftware Engineering
EditorsAlessandro Garci, Corina S. Pasareanu, Gary T. Leavens
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages785-790
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355735
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2018
Event26th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, ESEC/FSE 2018 - Lake Buena Vista, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2018Nov 9 2018

Publication series

NameESEC/FSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 26th ACM Joint Meeting on European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering

Other

Other26th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, ESEC/FSE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista
Period11/4/1811/9/18

Keywords

  • Alloy
  • cyber-physical systems
  • software product lines
  • testing and analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Mansoor, N., Saddler, J. A., Silva, B., Bagheri, H., Cohen, M. B., & Farritor, S. (2018). Modeling and testing a family of surgical robots: An experience report. In A. Garci, C. S. Pasareanu, & G. T. Leavens (Eds.), ESEC/FSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 26th ACM Joint Meeting on European So ftware Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of So ftware Engineering (pp. 785-790). (ESEC/FSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 26th ACM Joint Meeting on European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3236024.3275534