IA011 Programming Language Semantics

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2013
Extent and Intensity
2/1. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
prof. RNDr. Antonín Kučera, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Tomáš Janík (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Mojmír Křetínský, CSc.
Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Antonín Kučera, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Thu 13:00–15:50 G101
Students should be familiar with basic notions of set theory and formal logic (validity and provability, correctness and completeness of deductive systems, etc.)
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
An introduction to the theory of formal semantics of programming languages (operational, denotational, and axiomatic semantics).
Main objectives of the course can be summarized as follows: to understand basic types of formal semantics of programming languages; to be able to reason about properties of programs using formal semantics; to understand basic notions of temporal logics.
  • Formal semantics of programming languages, basic paradigms (operational, denotational, and axiomatic approach).
  • Structural operational semantics and its variants (small-step and big-step semantics).
  • Denotational semantics. Complete partial orders, continuous functions. The fixed-point theorem and its applications, semantics of recursion. Equivalence of operational and denotational semantics.
  • Axiomatic semantics. Hoare's deductive system, its correctness and completeness.
  • Temporal logics; the semantics of non-terminating and parallel programs.
  • SCHMIDT, David A. The structure of typed programming languages. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1994. viii, 367. ISBN 0262193493. info
  • WINSKEL, Glynn. The formal semantics of programming languages : an introduction. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993. xi, 361 s. ISBN 0-262-23169-7. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, tutorials.
Assessment methods
Lectures: 2 hours/week. Tutorials: 1 hour/week.
Written exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
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