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Hierarchical automata as model for statecharts

Extended abstract
  • Erich Mikk
  • Yassine Lakhnechi
  • Michael Siegel
Session 4
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1345)

Abstract

Statecharts are a very rich graphical specification formalism supported by the commercial tool Statemate. Statecharts comprises powerful concepts such as interlevel transitions, multiple-source/multiple-target transitions, priority amongst transitions and simultaneous execution of maximal non-conflicting sets of transitions. Every add-on tool which is supposed to be linked with the Statemate tool have to deal with the rather involved semantics of these concepts. We propose extended hierarchical automata as an intermediate format to facilitate the linking of new tools to the Statemate environment, whose main idea is to devise a simple formalism with a more restricted syntax than statecharts which nevertheless allows to capture the richer formalism. We define the format, give operational semantics to it, and translate statecharts to it.

Keywords

Operational Semantic Linear Temporal Logic Parallel Composition Composition Function Kripke Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erich Mikk
    • 1
  • Yassine Lakhnechi
    • 1
  • Michael Siegel
    • 2
  1. 1.Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielInstitut für Informatik and Praktische MathematikKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer ScienceWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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