Sebastian Uchitel, Professor, Departamento de Computación, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad De Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Smart contracts are immutable programs deployed on the blockchain that can manage significant assets. Because of this, verification and validation of smart contracts is of vital importance. Indeed, it is industrial practice to hire independent specialized companies to audit smart contracts before deployment. Auditors typically rely on a combination of tools and experience but still fail to identify problems in smart contracts before deployment, causing significant losses. In this talk, I will discuss our experience using predicate abstraction to construct models which can be used by auditors to explore and validate smart contact behaviour at the function call level by proposing predicates that expose different aspects of the contract.