Behavioural Models

From Modelling Finite Automata to Analysing Business Processes

Authors: Kunze, Matthias, Weske, Mathias

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    • Presents a wide spectrum of modelling techniques to capture and analyse the behaviour of discrete dynamic systems
    • Delivers an easily accessible, yet formally grounded overview of behavioural modelling techniques and their analysis
    • Provides a deep understanding of the concepts and techniques introduced and how they can be applied to concrete application scenarios

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This textbook introduces the basis for modelling and analysing discrete dynamic systems, such as computer programmes, soft- and hardware systems, and business processes. The underlying concepts are introduced and concrete modelling techniques are described, such as finite automata, state machines, and Petri nets. The concepts are related to concrete application scenarios, among which business processes play a prominent role.

The book consists of three parts, the first of which addresses the foundations of behavioural modelling. After a general introduction to modelling, it introduces transition systems as a basic formalism for representing the behaviour of discrete dynamic systems. This section also discusses causality, a fundamental concept for modelling and reasoning about behaviour. In turn, Part II forms the heart of the book and is devoted to models of behaviour. It details both sequential and concurrent systems and introduces finite automata, state machines and several different types of Petri nets. One chapter is especially devoted to business process models, workflow patterns and BPMN, the industry standard for modelling business processes. Lastly, Part III investigates how the behaviour of systems can be analysed. To this end, it introduces readers to the concept of state spaces. Further chapters cover the comparison of behaviour and the formal analysis and verification of behavioural models.

The book was written for students of computer science and software engineering, as well as for programmers and system analysts interested in the behaviour of the systems they work on. It takes readers on a journey from the fundamentals of behavioural modelling to advanced techniques for modelling and analysing sequential and concurrent systems, and thus provides them a deep understanding of the concepts and techniques introduced and how they can be applied to concrete application scenarios.

About the authors


Mathias Weske is chair of the business process technology research group at Hasso Plattner Institute of IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The research group addresses real-world BPM problems with formal approaches and engineers useful prototypes. His research focuses on process oriented information systems, decision management, and event handling.

Matthias Kunze
is a senior business process manager at Zalando SE. Before joining Zalando in 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the research group of Mathias Weske at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Besides his contributions to many practical aspects of BPM, his research work focussed on the behavioural analysis of business process models. Matthias Kunze received his PhD in 2013 for his dissertation on searching business process models.

Reviews

“In this book, which is primarily a textbook for graduate students, Kunze and Weske present conceptual tools required to develop such a model. … The authors provide bibliographical notes at the end of each chapter. This and the use of the same set of examples make the book quite easy to read and follow. Its comprehensive list of references has more than 70 entries. It is an excellent text.” (Anoop Malaviya, Computing Reviews, February, 2017)


“The authors have done an excellent job in writing a textbook with the potential of becoming an important contribution to modelling computerized systems of all kinds.” (Professor David Harel, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Vice President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

“Various types of behavioural models play an important role in computer science, system development and business process management. Often, these models have been presented separately, which made it difficult from students and analysts to understand their connections. This book is unique in filling this gap by providing an integrated perspective on such diverse topics as transition systems, automata, state machines, Petri nets, BPMN, and temporal logic. It is therefore a must read for all interested in modelling behaviour and analysing business processes.” (Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Institute for Information Business)

“The book by Kunze and Weske provides a valuable in-depth overview of modelling in the digital era. It will thus be helpful for practitioners to understand the core assets as well as for students who get an easy accessible, yet formally grounded overview of behavioural modelling techniques and their analysis forms.” (Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen University, Software Engineering)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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Softcover $84.99
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  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: November 2, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-83172-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Behavioural Models
Book Subtitle
From Modelling Finite Automata to Analysing Business Processes
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44960-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44960-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44958-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83172-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 279
Number of Illustrations
177 b/w illustrations
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