Advanced Topics in Bisimulation and Coinduction

Davide Sangiorgi and Jan Rutten (eds)

Cambridge Universtity Press, 2012, 340 pages
Series: Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science (No. 52)
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Coinduction is a method for specifying and reasoning about infinite data types and automata with infinite behaviour. In recent years, it has come to play an ever more important role in the theory of computing. It is studied in many disciplines, including process theory and concurrency, modal logic and automata theory. Typically, coinductive proofs demonstrate the equivalence of two objects by constructing a suitable bisimulation relation between them.

This collection of surveys is aimed at both researchers and Master's students in computer science and mathematics and deals with various aspects of bisimulation and coinduction, with an emphasis on process theory.

Seven chapters cover the following topics: history, algebra and coalgebra, algorithmics, logic, higher-order languages, enhancements of the bisimulation proof method, and probabilities. Exercises are also included to help the reader master new material.

The companion book Introduction to Bisimulation and Coinduction covers more basic topics.