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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2003 Vol.4 No.6 P.643-650


Approach for workflow modeling using π-calculus

Author(s):  YANG Dong, ZHANG Shen-sheng

Affiliation(s):  Department of Industrial Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   dongyangcn@hotmail.com

Key Words:  Workflow modeling, π, -calculus, Business process modeling

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As a variant of process algebra, π;-calculus can describe the interactions between evolving processes. By modeling activity as a process interacting with other processes through ports, this paper presents a new approach: representing workflow models using π;-calculus. As a result, the model can characterize the dynamic behaviors of the workflow process in terms of the LTS (Labeled Transition Semantics) semantics of π;-calculus. The main advantage of the workflow model's formal semantic is that it allows for verification of the model's properties, such as deadlock-free and normal termination. Moreover, the equivalence of workflow models can be checked through weak bisimulation theorem in the π;-calculus, thus facilitating the optimization of business processes.

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