The Space and Motion of Communicating Agents

The Space and Motion of Communicating Agents

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Robin Milner
Cambridge University Press, 3/19/2009
EAN 9780521490306, ISBN10: 0521490308

Hardcover, 214 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

The world is increasingly populated with interactive agents distributed in space, real or abstract. These agents can be artificial, as in computing systems that manage and monitor traffic or health; or they can be natural, e.g. communicating humans, or biological cells. It is important to be able to model networks of agents in order to understand and optimise their behaviour. Robin Milner describes in this book just such a model, by presenting a unified and rigorous structural theory, based on bigraphs, for systems of interacting agents. This theory is a bridge between the existing theories of concurrent processes and the aspirations for ubiquitous systems, whose enormous size challenges our understanding. The book is reasonably self-contained mathematically, and is designed to be learned from: examples and exercises abound, solutions for the latter are provided. Like Milner's other work, this is destined to have far-reaching and profound significance.

Part I. Space
1. The idea of bigraphs
2. Defining bigraphs
3. Algebra for bigraphs
4. Relative and minimal bounds
5. Bigraphical structure
6. Sorting
Part II. Motion
7. Reactions and transitions
8. Bigraphical reactive systems
9. Behaviour in link graphs
10. Behavioural theory for CCS
Part III. Development
11. Further topics
12. Background, development and related work
Appendix 1. Technical detail
Appendix 2. Solutions to exercises
Glossary of terms and symbols.