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Minimal-Time Synthesis for Parametric Timed Automata

This repository hosts the results for the paper.

Please note that all experiments in the paper were performed on an Intel CoreTM i7-4710MQ processor with 2.50GHz and 7.4Gib memory, running Debian Stretch.

Accepted at TACAS 2019.

This work is partially supported by the ANR national research program PACS (ANR-14-CE28-0002) and PHC Van Gogh project PAMPAS.


* Supported by ERATO HASUO Metamathematics for Systems Design Project (No. JPMJER1603), JST
** Supported by the 3TU.BSR project.


Parametric timed automata (PTA) extend timed automata by allowing parameters in clock constraints. Such a formalism is for instance useful when reasoning about unknown delays in a timed system. Using existing techniques, a user can synthesize the parameter constraints that allow the system to reach a specified goal location, regardless of how much time has passed for the internal clocks.

We focus on synthesizing parameters such that not only the goal location is reached, but we also address the following questions: what is the minimal time to reach the goal location? and for which parameter values can we achieve this? We analyse the problem and present an algorithm that solves it. We also discuss and provide solutions for minimizing a specific parameter value to still reach the goal.

We empirically study the performance of these algorithms on a benchmark set for PTAs and show that minimal-time reachability synthesis is more efficient to compute than the standard synthesis algorithm for reachability.


We have provided an artifact for our experiments in the artifact directory, please consult the abstract and README files provided.


The IMITATOR version that we used can be found on GitHub under the tacas19 tag:

  • git clone -b tacas19

Please read the IMITATOR web page ( for instructions on how to install IMITATOR.

For post-processing of the data, we use R to create scatterplots.

Running the experiments

The script will perform all experiments, by executing several IMITATOR instances for every model from the models-global-time-param directory , with a timeout of 60s. Before executing this file, please make sure to set the imit variable to the location of the IMITATOR binary.

Analyzing the experiments

Once the experiments are finished, please copy the and plotresults.r files from the results-2018-11-08 directory to the newly created results directory.

Then, A CSV file, containing the experimental results, is created by executing the file. This CSV file can then be used to create scatterplot images by running the plotresults.r file.


The data present in the results-2018-11-08 directory has been created with a timeout of 3600s on the mentioned computer architecture.


Minimal-Time Synthesis for Parametric Timed Automata






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