LISA - A Modern Proof System

Authors Simon Guilloud , Sankalp Gambhir , Viktor Kunčak

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Simon Guilloud
  • Laboratory for Automated Reasoning and Analysis, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sankalp Gambhir
  • Laboratory for Automated Reasoning and Analysis, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Viktor Kunčak
  • Laboratory for Automated Reasoning and Analysis, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Simon Guilloud, Sankalp Gambhir, and Viktor Kunčak. LISA - A Modern Proof System. In 14th International Conference on Interactive Theorem Proving (ITP 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 268, pp. 17:1-17:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


We present LISA, a proof system and proof assistant for constructing proofs in schematic first-order logic and axiomatic set theory. The logical kernel of the system is a proof checker for first-order logic with equality and schematic predicate and function symbols. It implements polynomial-time proof checking and uses the axioms of ortholattices (which implies the irrelevance of the order of conjuncts and disjuncts and additional propositional laws). The kernel supports the notion of theorems (whose proofs are not expanded), as well as definitions of predicate symbols and objects whose unique existence is proven. A domain-specific language enables construction of proofs and development of proof tactics with user-friendly tools and presentation, while remaining within the general-purpose language, Scala. We describe the LISA proof system and illustrate the flavour and the level of abstraction of proofs written in LISA. This includes a proof-generating tactic for propositional tautologies, leveraging the ortholattice properties to reduce the size of proofs. We also present early formalization of set theory in LISA, including Cantor’s theorem.

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  • Theory of computation → Logic and verification
  • Proof assistant
  • First Order Logic
  • Set Theory


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