Processes, terms and cycles : steps on the road to infinity : essays dedicated to Jan Willem Klop on the occasion of his 60th birthday


Processes, terms and cycles : steps on the road to infinity : essays dedicated to Jan Willem Klop on the occasion of his 60th birthday

Aart Middeldorp ... [et al.] (eds.)

(Lecture notes in computer science, 3838)

Springer, c2005

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Includes bibliographical references and index




This Festschrift is dedicated to Jan Willem Klop on the occasion of his 60th birthdayon December 19,2005.Its focus is on the lambda calculus, term rewr- ing and process algebra, the ?elds where Jan Willem has made fundamental contributions. Without attempting to give a balanced account of Jan Willem's scienti?c achievements, we recall three accomplishments from the early years of his career that especially stand out. The ?rst is his counterexample showing that the extension of the lambda calculus with surjective pairing lacks the Church-Rosserproperty,or, in modern terminology, is not con?uent [7,9]. This settled a famous open problem, which had challenged several researchers in the lambda calculus community for years. The secondis his pioneeringworkintermrewriting.In hisPhDthesis[9],Jan Willem gave a systematic study of orthogonal rewriting in the general setting of combinatoryreductionsystems(CRSs),therebyputtingtheareasofhigher-order rewriting and orthogonality ?rmly on the map. Some of the ideas in the thesis trace back to the famous Blue Preprint [2], from the period that Jan Willem and some other students were graduating in mathematics and logic, under the supervision of Dirk van Dalen and Henk Barendregt. The third feat is the creation, together with Jan Bergstra [23], of the algebra of communicating processes (ACP). With his early work,Jan Willem provided inspiration for many years of fru- ful research, continuing to this day. For decades he has been a creative and stimulating force in the areas of term rewriting and process algebra. Some of his recent interests are in?nitary rewriting, graph rewriting and the geometry of processes.


The Spectra of Words.- On the Undecidability of Coherent Logic.- Loeb's Logic Meets the ?-Calculus.- A Characterisation of Weak Bisimulation Congruence.- Boehm's Theorem, Church's Delta, Numeral Systems, and Ershov Morphisms.- Explaining Constraint Programming.- Sharing in the Weak Lambda-Calculus.- Term Rewriting Meets Aspect-Oriented Programming.- Observing Reductions in Nominal Calculi Via a Graphical Encoding of Processes.- Primitive Rewriting.- Infinitary Rewriting: From Syntax to Semantics.- Reducing Right-Hand Sides for Termination.- Reduction Strategies for Left-Linear Term Rewriting Systems.- Higher-Order Rewriting: Framework, Confluence and Termination.- Timing the Untimed: Terminating Successfully While Being Conservative.- Confluence of Graph Transformation Revisited.- Compositional Reasoning for Probabilistic Finite-State Behaviors.- Finite Equational Bases in Process Algebra: Results and Open Questions.- Skew and ?-Skew Confluence and Abstract Boehm Semantics.- A Mobility Calculus with Local and Dependent Types.- Model Theory for Process Algebra.- Expression Reduction Systems and Extensions: An Overview.- Axiomatic Rewriting Theory I: A Diagrammatic Standardization Theorem.

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