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Fundamentals of Algebraic Graph Transformation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction to Graph Transformation Systems

  3. Adhesive High-Level Replacement Categories and Systems

  4. Typed Attributed Graph Transformation Systems

  5. Case Study on Model Transformation, and Tool Support by AGG

About this book


Graphs are widely used to represent structural information in the form of objects and connections between them. Graph transformation is the rule-based manipulation of graphs, an increasingly important concept in computer science and related fields. This is the first textbook treatment of the algebraic approach to graph transformation, based on algebraic structures and category theory.

Part I is an introduction to the classical case of graph and typed graph transformation. In Part II basic and advanced results are first shown for an abstract form of replacement systems, so-called adhesive high-level replacement systems based on category theory, and are then instantiated to several forms of graph and Petri net transformation systems. Part III develops typed attributed graph transformation, a technique of key relevance in the modeling of visual languages and in model transformation. Part IV contains a practical case study on model transformation and a presentation of the AGG (attributed graph grammar) tool environment. Finally the appendix covers the basics of category theory, signatures and algebras.

The book addresses both research scientists and graduate students in computer science, mathematics and engineering.


Constraint category theory computer computer science formal specification techniques graph transformation model transformation modeling petri net replacement systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Software Engineering and Theoretical Computer ScienceTechnical University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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From the reviews:

"A general theory of graph transformations … has been developed. … It is a very clear exposition of this material, spanning the breadth from underlying mathematics to an applications case study. … The authors have done a very good job of presenting an area in which many different threads of research have developed in to a general theory … . The book provides a helpful roadmap to the published research in the area, and a systematic treatment that emphasizes the fundamentals … ." (Charles J. Colbourn, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1095 (21), 2006)