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The Space and Motion of Communicating Agents

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521738330

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  • 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 optimize their behavior. 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 self-contained mathematically and is designed to be learned from: examples and exercises abound, solutions for the latter are provided.

    • New and significant work from Turing Award winner Robin Milner
    • Presumes no prior knowledge of the mathematical structures employed
    • Contains exercises and their solutions, worked examples and a glossary of terms
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521738330
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 50 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    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
    Appendices: Appendix 1. Technical detail
    Appendix 2. Solutions to exercises
    Bibliography
    Index
    Glossary of terms and symbols.

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    The Space and Motion of Communicating Agents

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    Robin Milner is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Head of the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is a recipient of the A.M. Turing Award.

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