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Presheaf Models for Concurrency
, 1999
"... In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their wo ..."
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In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their work inspired this thesis by suggesting that presheaf categories could provide abstract models for concurrency with a builtin notion of bisimulation. We show how
A Coinduction Principle for Recursively Defined Domains
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1992
"... This paper establishes a new property of predomains recursively defined using the cartesian product, disjoint union, partial function space and convex powerdomain constructors. We prove that the partial order on such a recursive predomain D is the greatest fixed point of a certain monotone operator ..."
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This paper establishes a new property of predomains recursively defined using the cartesian product, disjoint union, partial function space and convex powerdomain constructors. We prove that the partial order on such a recursive predomain D is the greatest fixed point of a certain monotone operator associated to D. This provides a structurally defined family of proof principles for these recursive predomains: to show that one element of D approximates another, it suffices to find a binary relation containing the two elements that is a postfixed point for the associated monotone operator. The statement of the proof principles is independent of any of the various methods available for explicit construction of recursive predomains. Following Milner and Tofte [10], the method of proof is called coinduction. It closely resembles the way bisimulations are used in concurrent process calculi [9]. Two specific instances of the coinduction principle already occur in work of Abramsky [2, 1] in the form of `internal full abstraction' theorems for denotational semantics of SCCS and the lazy lambda calculus. In the first case postfixed binary relations are precisely Abramsky's partial bisimulations, whereas in the second case they are his applicative bisimulations. The coinduction principle also provides an apparently useful tool for reasoning about equality of elements of recursively defined datatypes in (strict or lazy) higher order functional programming languages.
A Coinduction Principle for Recursive Data Types Based on Bisimulation
, 1996
"... This paper provides foundations for a reasoning principle (coinduction) for establishing the equality of potentially infinite elements of selfreferencing (or circular) data types. As it is wellknown, such data types not only form the core of the denotational approach to the semantics of programmin ..."
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This paper provides foundations for a reasoning principle (coinduction) for establishing the equality of potentially infinite elements of selfreferencing (or circular) data types. As it is wellknown, such data types not only form the core of the denotational approach to the semantics of programming languages [SS71], but also arise explicitly as recursive data types in functional programming languages like Standard ML [MTH90] or Haskell [HPJW92]. In the latter context, the coinduction principle provides a powerful technique for establishing the equality of programs with values in recursive data types (see examples herein and in [Pit94]).
DYNAMIC CONGRUENCE vs. PROGRESSING BISIMULATION for CCS
 Fundamenta Informaticae
, 1992
"... Weak Observational Congruence (woc) defined on CCS agents is not a bisimulation since it does not require two states reached by bisimilar computations of woc agents to be still woc, e.g. ff:ø:fi:nil and ff:fi:nil are woc but ø:fi:nil and fi:nil are not. This fact prevent us from characterizing CCS s ..."
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Weak Observational Congruence (woc) defined on CCS agents is not a bisimulation since it does not require two states reached by bisimilar computations of woc agents to be still woc, e.g. ff:ø:fi:nil and ff:fi:nil are woc but ø:fi:nil and fi:nil are not. This fact prevent us from characterizing CCS semantics (when ø is considered invisible) as a final algebra, since the semantic function would induce an equivalence over the agents that is both a congruence and a bisimulation. In the paper we introduce a new behavioural equivalence for CCS agents, which is the coarsest among those bisimulations which are also congruences. We call it Dynamic Observational Congruence because it expresses a natural notion of equivalence for concurrent systems required to simulate each other in the presence of dynamic, i.e. run time, (re)configurations. We provide an algebraic characterization of Dynamic Congruence in terms of a universal property of finality. Furthermore we introduce Progressing Bisimulatio...
Combining effects: sum and tensor
"... We seek a unified account of modularity for computational effects. We begin by reformulating Moggi’s monadic paradigm for modelling computational effects using the notion of enriched Lawvere theory, together with its relationship with strong monads; this emphasises the importance of the operations ..."
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We seek a unified account of modularity for computational effects. We begin by reformulating Moggi’s monadic paradigm for modelling computational effects using the notion of enriched Lawvere theory, together with its relationship with strong monads; this emphasises the importance of the operations that produce the effects. Effects qua theories are then combined by appropriate bifunctors on the category of theories. We give a theory for the sum of computational effects, which in particular yields Moggi’s exceptions monad transformer and an interactive input/output monad transformer. We further give a theory of the commutative combination of effects, their tensor, which yields Moggi’s sideeffects monad transformer. Finally we give a theory of operation transformers, for redefining operations when adding new effects; we derive explicit forms for the operation transformers associated to the above monad transformers.
On the Foundations of Final Coalgebra Semantics: nonwellfounded sets, partial orders, metric spaces
, 1998
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Nondeterminism and Probabilistic Choice: Obeying the Laws
 In Proc. 11th CONCUR, volume 1877 of LNCS
, 2000
"... In this paper we describe how to build semantic models that support both nondeterministic choice and probabilistic choice. Several models exist that support both of these constructs, but none that we know of satisfies all the laws one would like. Using domaintheoretic techniques, we show how models ..."
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In this paper we describe how to build semantic models that support both nondeterministic choice and probabilistic choice. Several models exist that support both of these constructs, but none that we know of satisfies all the laws one would like. Using domaintheoretic techniques, we show how models can be devised using the "standard model" for probabilistic choice, and then applying modified domaintheoretic models for nondeterministic choice. These models are distinguished by the fact that the expected laws for nondeterministic choice and probabilistic choice remain valid. We also describe some potential applications of our model to aspects of security.
Axioms for Probability and Nondeterminism
 ENTCS
, 2003
"... This paper presents a domain model for a process algebra featuring both probabilistic and nondeterministic choice. The former is modelled using the probabilistic powerdomain of Jones and Plotkin, while the latter is modelled by a geometrically convex variant of the Plotkin powerdomain. The main resu ..."
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This paper presents a domain model for a process algebra featuring both probabilistic and nondeterministic choice. The former is modelled using the probabilistic powerdomain of Jones and Plotkin, while the latter is modelled by a geometrically convex variant of the Plotkin powerdomain. The main result is to show that the expected laws for probability and nondeterminism are sound and complete with respect to the model. We also present an operational semantics for the process algebra, and we show that the domain model is fully abstract with respect to probabilistic bisimilarity.
A Cook’s tour of the finitary nonwellfounded sets
 Invited Lecture at BCTCS
, 1988
"... It is a great pleasure to contribute this paper to a birthday volume for Dov. Dov and I arrived at imperial College at around the same time, and soon he, Tom Maibaum and I were embarked on a joint project, the Handbook of Logic in Computer Science. We obtained a generous advance from Oxford Universi ..."
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It is a great pleasure to contribute this paper to a birthday volume for Dov. Dov and I arrived at imperial College at around the same time, and soon he, Tom Maibaum and I were embarked on a joint project, the Handbook of Logic in Computer Science. We obtained a generous advance from Oxford University Press, and a grant from the Alvey Programme, which allowed us to develop the Handbook in a rather unique, interactive way. We held regular meetings at Cosener’s House in Abingdon (a facility run by what was then the U.K. Science and Engineering Research Council), at which contributors would present their ideas and draft material for their chapters for discussion and criticism. Ideas for new chapters and the balance of the volumes were also discussed. Those were a remarkable series of meetings — a veritable education in themselves. I must confess that during this long process, I did occasionally wonder if it would ever terminate.... But the record shows that five handsome volumes were produced [6]. Moreover, I believe that the Handbook has proved to be a really valuable resource for students and researchers. It has been used as the basis for a number of summer schools. Many of the chapters have become standard references for their topics. In a field with rapidly changing fashions, most of the material has stood the test of time — thus