Search for contacts, projects,
courses and publications

Automata & Formal Languages


Pozzi L.

Course director

Tirelli C.



Regular Languages (Finite Automata, Non Deterministic Finite Automata, Regular Expressions, Pumping Lemma for regular languages) and Context Free Languages (Context -Free Grammars and Push Down Automata)


The theory of automata and formal languages deals with the problem of modeling computation: what is a computer, and what are its fundamental capabilities? Thus, it constitutes the basis for further studies on the theory of computability and complexity. Additionally, Automata and Formal Languages is a very practical course, as it provides knowledge of the models used in many branches of computer science, from scanners and lexical analyzers in compilers, to programs for designing digital circuits, and even in other areas such as linguistics. At the end of this course you will be familiar with models of computations used today, you will understand how they are fundamental to further studies and you will be ready for a more advanced course on the theory of computation.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Lessons, Assignments, Exams.

Examination information

The grade will be based on your performance on assignments, on a midterm exam and on a final exam