CHINA 2008 Workshop

Concurrency metHods: Issues aNd Applications

June 24, 2008 - Xi'an, China 

A satellite workshop of PETRI NETS 2008 co-located with ACSD 2008



Important Dates


Deadline for submission of informal contributions

Notification about full (formal) papers

Deadline for pre-proceedings



May 1, 2008

May 1, 2008

June 1, 2008

June 24, 2008


Invited Speakers

Zhenhua Duan (Xidian University, China)

Alex Yakovlev (Newcastle University, UK)



Jetty Kleijn


Leiden University

The Netherlands


Maciej Koutny

School of Computing Science

Newcastle University

United Kingdom





Concurrent and distributed systems (software, hardware and middleware) are increasingly important for a successful functioning of organisations and individuals. The use of such systems is rapidly growing in many areas of industry, commerce, sciences, engineering and socio-technical environments. In the coming years, effective formal methods for their design, analysis and verification will become even more important. Such methods crucially depend on adequate abstractions especially in a dynamic setting, when one considers issues of behaviour, reconfigurations or mobility.

Formal models should on the one hand be abstract in the sense that details irrelevant for the questions at hand are omitted, while on the other hand they should be realistic and provide a faithful reflection of the modus operandi (structure or behaviour) of the system that is supposedly represented.


In general, there will be a trade off between the features incorporated in abstract models and the feasibility of their analysis.






The main objective of the workshop is to be a meeting place, in two ways. It is intended to be a forum to exchange ideas and experiences with different methods for the study of concurrent and distributed systems.

In addition, it will also be a meeting place for researchers from China and neighbouring countries with the participants of the PETRI NETS and ACSD conferences.



Therefore, in addition to the formal submissions, informal contributions are still most welcome, in particular:

presentations of ongoing work like Ph.D. research or significantly based on already published work -possibly in a language other than English- for which the authors seek feedback.

(The latter under the condition that the prior work is adequately referenced, and there are no publisher's restrictions.) Also posters presenting initial ideas are solicited.


Extended abstracts of the accepted informal contributions will be included in the workshop proceedings and available at the meeting.






The scope of the workshop is broad. Its goal is to discuss models of concurrency with an emphasis on issues relevant to certain application domains which have led or could lead to the addition of structural enhancements. The focus of the workshop will be on qualitative rather than quantitative aspects of concurrent systems.

For the (enhanced) models under discussion, also analysis techniques, extended or even completely new, are to be considered. The meeting is deliberately not focussed on any particular model of concurrency, issue or application. Fundamental approaches as well as interdisciplinary applications may be discussed.




Aspects which are of interest to the workshop (in combination with techniques for analysis, verification and synthesis) include:


Concurrency models


Petri nets

process algebras

cooperating automata

coordination languages

rewriting systems

discrete event systems

message sequence charts

temporal logics



synchrony / asynchrony

mobility and security

locality and components

supervisory control

dynamic reconfiguration

resource access / testing  

collaboration schemes

behavioural equivalence

Application areas


asynchronous circuits

GALS systems

biological systems

membrane systems

mobile process networks

communication protocols

component based software

workflow systems





Prospective participants are asked to submit by email (to the email addresses given below) an extended abstract of at most 15 pages as PDF or PS and using the Springer LNCS-format (


Submissions should include a title and the authors' contact addresses and email.


At least one of the authors of each accepted contribution should register and take part in the workshop to give the presentation.



-  Jetty Kleijn (The Netherlands),

-  Maciej Koutny (United Kingdom),





Programme Committee



M.Bednarczyk (Poland)

M.ter Beek (Italy)

Y.Bin (China)

M.Bonsangue (Netherlands)

J.Carmona (Spain)

T.Chothia (Netherlands)

S.Christensen (Denmark)

G.Ciobanu (Romania)

J.-M.Colom (Spain)

P.Darondeau (France)

Z.Duan (China)

S.Gnesi (Italy)

L.Gomes (Portugal)

A.Gordon (UK)

S.Haddad (France)

K.Hao (China)

H.Hong (China)

R.Janicki (Canada)

E.Kindler (Denmark)

H.Klaudel (France)

J.Kleijn (Netherlands, chair)

A.Kondratyev (USA)


M.Koutny (UK, chair)

Z.Liu (China)

R.Lorenz (Germany)

H.Miao (China)

M.Mukund (India)

G.Pappalardo (Italy)

G.Paun (Spain)

L.Pomello (Italy)

W.Vogler (Germany)

K.Wolf (Germany)

A.Yakovlev (UK)