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History Dependent Automata
, 2001
"... In this paper we present historydependent automata (HDautomata in brief). They are an extension of ordinary automata that overcomes their limitations in dealing with historydependent formalisms. In a historydependent formalism the actions that a system can perform carry information generated i ..."
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In this paper we present historydependent automata (HDautomata in brief). They are an extension of ordinary automata that overcomes their limitations in dealing with historydependent formalisms. In a historydependent formalism the actions that a system can perform carry information generated in the past history of the system. The most interesting example is calculus: channel names can be created by some actions and they can then be referenced by successive actions. Other examples are CCS with localities and the historypreserving semantics of Petri nets. Ordinary
A Fully Abstract Presheaf Semantics of SCCS with Finite Delay
 Department of Computer Science, University of Aarhus
, 1999
"... We present a presheaf model for the observation of infinite as well as finite computations. We apply it to give a denotational semantics of SCCS with finite delay, in which the meanings of recursion are given by final coalgebras and meanings of finite delay by initial algebras of the process equatio ..."
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We present a presheaf model for the observation of infinite as well as finite computations. We apply it to give a denotational semantics of SCCS with finite delay, in which the meanings of recursion are given by final coalgebras and meanings of finite delay by initial algebras of the process equations for delay. This can be viewed as a first step in representing fairness in presheaf semantics. We give a concrete representation of the presheaf model as a category of generalised synchronisation trees and show that it is coreflective in a category of generalised transition systems, which are a special case of the general transition systems of Hennessy and Stirling. The open map bisimulation is shown to coincide with the extended bisimulation of Hennessy and Stirling. Finally we formulate Milners operational semantics of SCCS with finite delay in terms of generalised transition systems and prove that the presheaf semantics is fully abstract with respect to extended bisimulation
Relational Semantics of NonDeterministic Dataflow
, 1997
"... We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalization 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 fit ..."
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We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalization 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.
Notions of Lawvere theory
"... Categorical universal algebra can be developed either using Lawvere theories (singlesorted finite product theories) or using monads, and the category of Lawvere theories is equivalent to the category of finitary monads on Set. We show how this equivalence, and the basic results of ..."
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Categorical universal algebra can be developed either using Lawvere theories (singlesorted finite product theories) or using monads, and the category of Lawvere theories is equivalent to the category of finitary monads on Set. We show how this equivalence, and the basic results of
Symmetries, local names and dynamic (de)allocation of names
 Information and Computation
"... The semantics of namepassing calculi is often defined employing coalgebraic models over presheaf categories. This elegant theory lacks finiteness properties, hence it is not apt to implementation. Coalgebras over named sets, called historydependent automata, are better suited for the purpose due t ..."
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The semantics of namepassing calculi is often defined employing coalgebraic models over presheaf categories. This elegant theory lacks finiteness properties, hence it is not apt to implementation. Coalgebras over named sets, called historydependent automata, are better suited for the purpose due to locality of names. A theory of behavioural functors for named sets is still lacking: the semantics of each language has been given in an adhoc way, and algorithms were implemented only for the picalculus. Existence of the final coalgebra for the picalculus was never proved. We introduce a language of accessible functors to specify historydependent automata in a modular way, leading to a clean formulation and a generalisation of previous results, and to the proof of existence of a final coalgebra in a wide range of cases. 1
On the construction of free algebras for equational systems
 IN: SPECIAL ISSUE FOR AUTOMATA, LANGUAGES AND PROGRAMMING (ICALP 2007). VOLUME 410 OF THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2009
"... The purpose of this paper is threefold: to present a general abstract, yet practical, notion of equational system; to investigate and develop the finitary and transfinite construction of free algebras for equational systems; and to illustrate the use of equational systems as needed in modern applica ..."
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The purpose of this paper is threefold: to present a general abstract, yet practical, notion of equational system; to investigate and develop the finitary and transfinite construction of free algebras for equational systems; and to illustrate the use of equational systems as needed in modern applications.
Events, Causality and Symmetry
, 2008
"... The article discusses causal models, such as Petri nets and event structures, how they have been rediscovered in a wide variety of recent applications, and why they are fundamental to computer science. A discussion of their present limitations leads to their extension with symmetry. The consequences ..."
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The article discusses causal models, such as Petri nets and event structures, how they have been rediscovered in a wide variety of recent applications, and why they are fundamental to computer science. A discussion of their present limitations leads to their extension with symmetry. The consequences, actual and potential, are discussed.
Categorical Models for Concurrency: Independence, Fairness and Dataflow
 BRICS DISSERTATION SERIES DS001
, 2000
"... This thesis is concerned with formal semantics and models for concurrent computational systems, that is, systems consisting of a number of parallel computing sequential systems, interacting with each other and the environment. A formal semantics gives meaning to computational systems by describing t ..."
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This thesis is concerned with formal semantics and models for concurrent computational systems, that is, systems consisting of a number of parallel computing sequential systems, interacting with each other and the environment. A formal semantics gives meaning to computational systems by describing their behaviour in a mathematical model. For concurrent systems the interesting aspect of their computation is often how they interact with the environment during a computation and not in which state they terminate, indeed they may not be intended to terminate at all. For this reason they are often referred to as reactive systems, to distinguish them from traditional calculational systems, as e.g. a program calculating your income tax, for which the interesting behaviour is the answer it gives when (or if) it terminates, in other words the (possibly partial) function it computes between input and output. Church's thesis tells us that regardless of whether we choose the lambda calculus, Turing machines, or almost any modern programming language such as C or Java to describe calculational systems, we are able to describe exactly the same class of functions. However, there is no agreement on observable behaviour for concurrent reactive systems, and consequently there is no correspondent to Church's thesis. A result of this fact is that an overwhelming number of different and often competing notions of observable behaviours, primitive operations, languages and mathematical models for describing their semantics, have been proposed in the litterature on concurrency. The work
Categorical Models for Fairness and a Fully Abstract Presheaf Semantics of SCCS with Finite Delay
 CTCS’99, LNCS
, 1999
"... We present a presheaf model for the observation of infinite as well as finite computations. We apply it to give a denotational semantics of SCCS with finite delay, in which the meanings of recursion are given by final coalgebras and meanings of finite delay by initial algebras of the process equatio ..."
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We present a presheaf model for the observation of infinite as well as finite computations. We apply it to give a denotational semantics of SCCS with finite delay, in which the meanings of recursion are given by final coalgebras and meanings of finite delay by initial algebras of the process equations for delay. This can be viewed as a first step in representing fairness in presheaf semantics. We give a concrete representation of the presheaf model as a category of generalised synchronisation trees and show that it is coreflective in a category of generalised transition systems, which are a special case of the general transition systems of Hennessy and Stirling. The open map bisimulation is shown to coincide with extended bisimulation of Hennessy and Stirling, which is essentially fair CTL*bisimulation. Finally we formulate Milners operation semantics of SCCS with finite delay in terms of generalised transition systems and prove that the presheaf semantics is fully abstract with respect to extended bisimulation.
Towards a Formal Framework for Multidimensional Codesign
"... Abstract. Multidimensional codesign is a recently proposed paradigm for integrating different system dimensions in sensor networks. Examples of such dimensions are logical and physical mobility, continuous and discrete transitions, deterministic and random evolutions and features resulting from thei ..."
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Abstract. Multidimensional codesign is a recently proposed paradigm for integrating different system dimensions in sensor networks. Examples of such dimensions are logical and physical mobility, continuous and discrete transitions, deterministic and random evolutions and features resulting from their interaction, like deterministic and stochastic hybrid behaviours. In this paper, we propose a unifying computational model that considers multiple dimensions, inspired by the Hilbertian Formal Methods paradigm. We couple this model with an integration framework based on domain theory. In this framework new dimensions can be incrementally added, and we illustrate this technique by adding logical mobility to the computational model. The new model has a very promising modelling power, offering all formal ingredients of a neural network. We further investigate bisimulation for systems mixing physical and logical mobility. We identify and solve a compatibility problem between bisimulation relations arising from mobility and continuous behaviours.