Integrating Interface Modeling and Analysis in an Industrial Setting

Ivan Kurtev, Mathijs Schuts, Jozef Hooman, and Dirk-Jan Swagerman

Proc. 5th Int. Conf. on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development (MODELSWARD 2017), pages 345-352, 2017.


Precise specification of system component interfaces enables analysis of component behavior and checking of conformance of an implementation to the interface specification. Very often component interfaces are only defined by their signature and without a formal description of the admissible behavior and timing assumptions. In this paper we present a framework named ComMA (Component Modeling and Analysis) that supports model-based engineering (MBE) of high-tech systems by formalizing interface specifications. ComMA provides a family of domain-specific languages that integrate existing techniques from formal behavioral and time modeling and is easily extensible. It contains tools that support different phases of the development process and can be integrated in the industrial way of working. The framework is applied in the context of the family of interventional X-ray machines developed by Philips.