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SoC seminar - Proving Safety of Closed-Loop Systems

SoC seminar - Proving Safety of Closed-Loop Systems with Neural Network Controllers using Quantized State Backreachability

ACAS Xu is an air-to-air collision avoidance system designed for unmanned aircraft that issues horizontal turn advisories to avoid an intruder aircraft. Due the use of a large lookup table in the design, a neural network compression of the policy was proposed. Analysis of this system has spurred a significant body of research in the formal methods community on neural network verification. While many powerful methods have been developed, most work focuses on open-loop properties of the networks, rather than the main point of the system---collision avoidance---which requires closed-loop analysis.

In this work, we develop a technique to verify a closed-loop approximation of ACAS Xu using **state quantization** and **backreachability**. We use favorable assumptions for the analysis---perfect sensor information, instant following of advisories, ideal aircraft maneuvers and an intruder that only flies straight. When the method fails to prove the system is safe, we refine the quantization parameters until generating counterexamples where the original (non-quantized) system also has collisions.

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 2:30am to 3:30am

McAdams Hall, 114
821 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, School of Computing

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Kaley Goodwin

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