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Relations in Concurrency
"... The theme of this paper is profunctors, and their centrality and ubiquity in understanding concurrent computation. Profunctors (a.k.a. distributors, or bimodules) are a generalisation of relations to categories. Here they are first presented and motivated via spans of event structures, and the seman ..."
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The theme of this paper is profunctors, and their centrality and ubiquity in understanding concurrent computation. Profunctors (a.k.a. distributors, or bimodules) are a generalisation of relations to categories. Here they are first presented and motivated via spans of event structures, and the semantics of nondeterministic dataflow. Profunctors are shown to play a key role in relating models for concurrency and to support an interpretation as higherorder processes (where input and output may be processes). Two recent directions of research are described. One is concerned with a language and computational interpretation for profunctors. This addresses the duality between input and output in profunctors. The other is to investigate general spans of event structures (the spans can be viewed as special profunctors) to give causal semantics to higherorder processes. For this it is useful to generalise event structures to allow events which “persist.”
Categorical Logic
 A CHAPTER IN THE FORTHCOMING VOLUME VI OF HANDBOOK OF LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1995
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Initial Algebra and Final Coalgebra Semantics for Concurrency
, 1994
"... The aim of this paper is to relate initial algebra semantics and final coalgebra semantics. It is shown how these two approaches to the semantics of programming languages are each others dual, and some conditions are given under which they coincide. More precisely, it is shown how to derive initial ..."
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The aim of this paper is to relate initial algebra semantics and final coalgebra semantics. It is shown how these two approaches to the semantics of programming languages are each others dual, and some conditions are given under which they coincide. More precisely, it is shown how to derive initial semantics from final semantics, using the initiality and finality to ensure their equality. Moreover, many facts about congruences (on algebras) and (generalized) bisimulations (on coalgebras) are shown to be dual as well.
Categories and groupoids
, 1971
"... In 1968, when this book was written, categories had been around for 20 years and groupoids for twice as long. Category theory had by then become widely accepted as an essential tool in many parts of mathematics and a number of books on the subject had appeared, or were about to appear (e.g. [13, 22, ..."
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In 1968, when this book was written, categories had been around for 20 years and groupoids for twice as long. Category theory had by then become widely accepted as an essential tool in many parts of mathematics and a number of books on the subject had appeared, or were about to appear (e.g. [13, 22, 37, 58, 65] 1). By contrast, the use of groupoids was confined to a small number of pioneering articles, notably by Ehresmann [12] and Mackey [57], which were largely ignored by the mathematical community. Indeed groupoids were generally considered at that time not to be a subject for serious study. It was argued by several wellknown mathematicians that group theory sufficed for all situations where groupoids might be used, since a connected groupoid could be reduced to a group and a set. Curiously, this argument, which makes no appeal to elegance, was not applied to vector spaces: it was well known that the analogous reduction in this case is not canonical, and so is not available, when there is extra structure, even such simple structure as an endomorphism. Recently, Corfield in [41] has discussed methodological issues in mathematics with this topic, the resistance to the notion of groupoids, as a prime example. My book was intended chiefly as an attempt to reverse this general assessment of the time by presenting applications of groupoids to group theory
A Relational Model of NonDeterministic Dataflow
 In CONCUR'98, volume 1466 of LNCS
, 1998
"... . We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalisation of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits ..."
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. We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalisation of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits with the view of categories of models for concurrency and the general treatment of bisimulation they provide. In particular it fits with the recent categorical formulation of feedback using traced monoidal categories. The payoffs are: (1) explicit relations to existing models and semantics, especially the usual axioms of monotone IO automata are read off from the definition of profunctors, (2) a new definition of bisimulation for dataflow, the proof of the congruence of which benefits from the preservation properties associated with open maps and (3) a treatment of higherorder dataflow as a biproduct, essentially by following the geometry of interaction programme. 1 Introduction A fundament...
Models for NamePassing Processes: Interleaving and Causal
 In Proceedings of LICS 2000: the 15th IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (Santa Barbara
, 2000
"... We study syntaxfree models for namepassing processes. For interleaving semantics, we identify the indexing structure required of an early labelled transition system to support the usual picalculus operations, defining Indexed Labelled Transition Systems. For noninterleaving causal semantics we de ..."
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We study syntaxfree models for namepassing processes. For interleaving semantics, we identify the indexing structure required of an early labelled transition system to support the usual picalculus operations, defining Indexed Labelled Transition Systems. For noninterleaving causal semantics we define Indexed Labelled Asynchronous Transition Systems, smoothly generalizing both our interleaving model and the standard Asynchronous Transition Systems model for CCSlike calculi. In each case we relate a denotational semantics to an operational view, for bisimulation and causal bisimulation respectively. We establish completeness properties of, and adjunctions between, categories of the two models. Alternative indexing structures and possible applications are also discussed. These are first steps towards a uniform understanding of the semantics and operations of namepassing calculi.
Abstract syntax and variable binding (extended abstract
 In Proc. 14 th LICS
, 1999
"... Abstract We develop a theory of abstract syntax with variable binding. To every binding signature we associate a category of models consisting of variable sets endowed with both a (binding) algebra and a substitution structure compatible with each other. The syntax generated by the signature is the ..."
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Abstract We develop a theory of abstract syntax with variable binding. To every binding signature we associate a category of models consisting of variable sets endowed with both a (binding) algebra and a substitution structure compatible with each other. The syntax generated by the signature is the initial model. This gives a notion of initial algebra semantics encompassing the traditional one; besides compositionality, it automatically verifies the semantic substitution lemma.
A Cellular Nerve for Higher Categories
, 2002
"... ... categories. The associated cellular nerve of an ocategory extends the wellknown simplicial nerve of a small category. Cellular sets (like simplicial sets) carry a closed model structure in Quillen’s sense with weak equivalences induced by a geometric realisation functor. More generally, there ..."
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... categories. The associated cellular nerve of an ocategory extends the wellknown simplicial nerve of a small category. Cellular sets (like simplicial sets) carry a closed model structure in Quillen’s sense with weak equivalences induced by a geometric realisation functor. More generally, there exists a dense subcategory YA of the category of Aalgebras for each ooperad A in Batanin’s sense. Whenever A is contractible, the resulting homotopy category of Aalgebras (i.e. weak ocategories) is
Developing Theories of Types and Computability via Realizability
, 2000
"... We investigate the development of theories of types and computability via realizability. ..."
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We investigate the development of theories of types and computability via realizability.
A Uniform Approach to Domain Theory in Realizability Models
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1996
"... this paper we provide a uniform approach to modelling them in categories of modest sets. To do this, we identify appropriate structure for doing "domain theory" in such "realizability models". In Sections 2 and 3 we introduce PCAs and define the associated "realizability" categories of assemblies an ..."
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this paper we provide a uniform approach to modelling them in categories of modest sets. To do this, we identify appropriate structure for doing "domain theory" in such "realizability models". In Sections 2 and 3 we introduce PCAs and define the associated "realizability" categories of assemblies and modest sets. Next, in Section 4, we prepare for our development of domain theory with an analysis of nontermination. Previous approaches have used (relatively complicated) categorical formulations of partial maps for this purpose. Instead, motivated by the idea that A provides a primitive programming language, we consider a simple notion of "diverging" computation within A itself. This leads to a theory of divergences from which a notion of (computable) partial function is derived together with a lift monad classifying partial functions. The next task is to isolate a subcategory of modest sets with sufficient structure for supporting analogues of the usual domaintheoretic constructions. First, we expect to be able to interpret the standard constructions of total type theory in this category, so it should inherit cartesianclosure, coproducts and the natural numbers from modest sets. Second, it should interact well with the notion of partiality, so it should be closed under application of the lift functor. Third, it should allow the recursive definition of partial functions. This is achieved by obtaining a fixpoint object in the category, as defined in (Crole and Pitts 1992). Finally, although there is in principle no definitive list of requirements on such a category, one would like it to support more complicated constructions such as those required to interpret polymorphic and recursive types. The central part of the paper (Sections 5, 6, 7 and 9) is devoted to establish...