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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 270, 10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023)

Distributive laws of various kinds occur widely in the theory of coalgebra, for instance to model automata constructions and trace semantics, and to interpret coalgebraic modal logic. We study steps, which are a general type of distributive law, that allow one to map coalgebras along an adjunction. In this paper, we address the question of what such mappings do to well known notions of equivalence, e.g., bisimilarity, behavioural equivalence, and logical equivalence.
We do this using the characterisation of such notions of equivalence as (co)inductive predicates in a fibration. Our main contribution is the identification of conditions on the interaction between the steps and liftings, which guarantees preservation of fixed points by the mapping of coalgebras along the adjunction. We apply these conditions in the context of lax liftings proposed by Bonchi, Silva, Sokolova (2021), and generalise their result on preservation of bisimilarity in the construction of a belief state transformer. Further, we relate our results to properties of coalgebraic modal logics including expressivity and completeness.

Ruben Turkenburg, Harsh Beohar, Clemens Kupke, and Jurriaan Rot. Forward and Backward Steps in a Fibration. In 10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 270, pp. 6:1-6:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{turkenburg_et_al:LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.6, author = {Turkenburg, Ruben and Beohar, Harsh and Kupke, Clemens and Rot, Jurriaan}, title = {{Forward and Backward Steps in a Fibration}}, booktitle = {10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023)}, pages = {6:1--6:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-287-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {270}, editor = {Baldan, Paolo and de Paiva, Valeria}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.6}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188032}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.6}, annote = {Keywords: Coalgebra, Fibration, Bisimilarity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 270, 10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023)

We provide a categorical notion called uncertain bisimilarity, which allows to reason about bisimilarity in combination with a lack of knowledge about the involved systems. Such uncertainty arises naturally in automata learning algorithms, where one investigates whether two observed behaviours come from the same internal state of a black-box system that can not be transparently inspected. We model this uncertainty as a set functor equipped with a partial order which describes possible future developments of the learning game. On such a functor, we provide a lifting-based definition of uncertain bisimilarity and verify basic properties. Beside its applications to Mealy machines, a natural model for automata learning, our framework also instantiates to an existing compatibility relation on suspension automata, which are used in model-based testing. We show that uncertain bisimilarity is a necessary but not sufficient condition for two states being implementable by the same state in the black-box system. We remedy the lack of sufficiency by a characterization of uncertain bisimilarity in terms of coalgebraic simulations.

Jurriaan Rot and Thorsten Wißmann. Bisimilar States in Uncertain Structures. In 10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 270, pp. 12:1-12:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{rot_et_al:LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.12, author = {Rot, Jurriaan and Wi{\ss}mann, Thorsten}, title = {{Bisimilar States in Uncertain Structures}}, booktitle = {10th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2023)}, pages = {12:1--12:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-287-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {270}, editor = {Baldan, Paolo and de Paiva, Valeria}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188094}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2023.12}, annote = {Keywords: Coalgebra, Relation Lifting, Bisimilarity, Mealy Machines, ioco} }

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Track B: Automata, Logic, Semantics, and Theory of Programming

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 229, 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)

We develop a (co)algebraic framework to study a family of process calculi with monadic branching structures and recursion operators. Our framework features a uniform semantics of process terms and a complete axiomatisation of semantic equivalence. We show that there are uniformly defined fragments of our calculi that capture well-known examples from the literature like regular expressions modulo bisimilarity and guarded Kleene algebra with tests. We also derive new calculi for probabilistic and convex processes with an analogue of Kleene star.

Todd Schmid, Wojciech Różowski, Jurriaan Rot, and Alexandra Silva. Processes Parametrised by an Algebraic Theory. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 132:1-132:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{schmid_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.132, author = {Schmid, Todd and R\'{o}\.{z}owski, Wojciech and Rot, Jurriaan and Silva, Alexandra}, title = {{Processes Parametrised by an Algebraic Theory}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {132:1--132:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-235-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {229}, editor = {Boja\'{n}czyk, Miko{\l}aj and Merelli, Emanuela and Woodruff, David P.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.132}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-164735}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.132}, annote = {Keywords: process algebra, program semantics, coalgebra, regular expressions} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 166, 34th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2020)

The known is finite, the unknown infinite - Thomas Henry Huxley
The behaviour of programs can be described by the final results of computations, and/or their interactions with the context, also seen as observations. For instance, a function call can terminate and return a value, as well as have output effects during its execution.
Here, we deal with semantic definitions covering both results and observations. Often, such definitions are provided for finite computations only. Notably, in big-step style, infinite computations are simply not modelled, hence diverging and stuck terms are not distinguished. This becomes even more unsatisfactory if we have observations, since a non-terminating program may have significant infinite behaviour.
Recently, examples of big-step semantics modeling divergence have been provided [Davide Ancona et al., 2017; Davide Ancona et al., 2018] by means of generalized inference systems [Davide Ancona et al., 2017; Francesco Dagnino, 2019], which allow corules to control coinduction. Indeed, modeling infinite behaviour by a purely coinductive interpretation of big-step rules would lead to spurious results [Xavier Leroy and Hervé Grall, 2009] and undetermined observation, whereas, by adding appropriate corules, we can correctly get divergence (∞) as the only result, and a uniquely determined observation. This approach has been adopted in [Davide Ancona et al., 2017; Davide Ancona et al., 2018] to design big-step definitions including infinite behaviour for lambda-calculus and a simple imperative Java-like language. However, in such works the designer of the semantics is in charge of finding the appropriate corules, and this is a non-trivial task.
In this paper, we show a general construction that extends a given big-step semantics, modeling finite computations, to include infinite behaviour as well, notably by generating appropriate corules. The construction consists of two steps:
1) Starting from a monoid O modeling finite observations (e.g., finite traces), we construct an ω-monoid ⟨O, O_∞⟩ also modeling infinite observations (e.g., infinite traces). The latter structure is a variation of the notion of ω-semigroup [Dominique Perrin and Jean-Eric Pin, 2004], including a mixed product composing a finite with a possibly infinite observation, and an infinite product mapping an infinite sequence of finite observations into a single one (possibly infinite).
2) Starting from an inference system defining a big-step judgment c⇒⟨r, o⟩, with c denoting a configuration, r ∈ R a result, and o ∈ O a finite observation, we construct an inference system with corules defining an extended big-step judgment c⇒c ⇒ ⟨r_∞, o_∞⟩ with r_∞ ∈ R_∞ = R+{∞}, and o_∞ ∈ O_∞ a "possibly infinite" observation. The construction generates additional rules for propagating divergence, and corules for introducing divergence in a controlled way.
The exact corules added in the construction depend on the type of observations that one starts with. To show the effectiveness of our approach, we provide several instances of the framework, with different kinds of (finite) observations.
Finally, we prove a correctness result for the construction. To this end, we assume the original big-step semantics to be equivalent to (finite sequences of steps in) a reference small-step semantics, and we show that, by applying the construction, we obtain an extended big-step semantics which is still equivalent to the small-step semantics, where we consider possibly infinite sequences of steps.} As hypotheses, rather than {just} equivalence in the finite case {(which would be not enough)}, we assume a set of equivalence conditions between individual big-step rules and the small-step relation. This proof of equivalence holds for deterministic semantics; issues arising in the non-deterministic case and a possible solution are sketched in the conclusion of the full paper.

Davide Ancona, Francesco Dagnino, Jurriaan Rot, and Elena Zucca. A Big Step from Finite to Infinite Computations (SCICO Journal-first). In 34th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 166, pp. 32:1-32:2, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{ancona_et_al:LIPIcs.ECOOP.2020.32, author = {Ancona, Davide and Dagnino, Francesco and Rot, Jurriaan and Zucca, Elena}, title = {{A Big Step from Finite to Infinite Computations}}, booktitle = {34th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2020)}, pages = {32:1--32:2}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-154-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {166}, editor = {Hirschfeld, Robert and Pape, Tobias}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ECOOP.2020.32}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-131895}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ECOOP.2020.32}, annote = {Keywords: Operational semantics, coinduction, infinite behaviour} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 171, 31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2020)

We introduce partially observable concurrent Kleene algebra (POCKA), an algebraic framework to reason about concurrent programs with variables as well as control structures, such as conditionals and loops, that depend on those variables. We illustrate the use of POCKA through concrete examples. We prove that POCKA is a sound and complete axiomatisation of a model of partial observations, and show the semantics passes an important check for sequential consistency.

Jana Wagemaker, Paul Brunet, Simon Docherty, Tobias Kappé, Jurriaan Rot, and Alexandra Silva. Partially Observable Concurrent Kleene Algebra. In 31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 171, pp. 20:1-20:22, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{wagemaker_et_al:LIPIcs.CONCUR.2020.20, author = {Wagemaker, Jana and Brunet, Paul and Docherty, Simon and Kapp\'{e}, Tobias and Rot, Jurriaan and Silva, Alexandra}, title = {{Partially Observable Concurrent Kleene Algebra}}, booktitle = {31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2020)}, pages = {20:1--20:22}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-160-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {171}, editor = {Konnov, Igor and Kov\'{a}cs, Laura}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2020.20}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-128324}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2020.20}, annote = {Keywords: Concurrent Kleene algebra, Kleene algebra with tests, observations, axiomatisation, completeness, sequential consistency} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 170, 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)

If a monad T is monoidal, then operations on a set X can be lifted canonically to operations on TX. In this paper we study structural properties under which T preserves equations between those operations. It has already been shown that any monoidal monad preserves linear equations; affine monads preserve drop equations (where some variable appears only on one side, such as x⋅ y = y) and relevant monads preserve dup equations (where some variable is duplicated, such as x ⋅ x = x). We start the paper by showing a converse: if the monad at hand preserves a drop equation, then it must be affine. From this, we show that the problem whether a given (drop) equation is preserved is undecidable. A converse for relevance turns out to be more subtle: preservation of certain dup equations implies a weaker notion which we call n-relevance. Finally, we identify a subclass of equations such that their preservation is equivalent to relevance.

Louis Parlant, Jurriaan Rot, Alexandra Silva, and Bas Westerbaan. Preservation of Equations by Monoidal Monads. In 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 170, pp. 77:1-77:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{parlant_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.77, author = {Parlant, Louis and Rot, Jurriaan and Silva, Alexandra and Westerbaan, Bas}, title = {{Preservation of Equations by Monoidal Monads}}, booktitle = {45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)}, pages = {77:1--77:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-159-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {170}, editor = {Esparza, Javier and Kr\'{a}l', Daniel}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.77}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-127460}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.77}, annote = {Keywords: monoidal monads, algebraic theories, preservation of equations} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 152, 28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020)

The classical Hennessy-Milner theorem says that two states of an image-finite transition system are bisimilar if and only if they satisfy the same formulas in a certain modal logic. In this paper we study this type of result in a general context, moving from transition systems to coalgebras and from bisimilarity to coinductive predicates. We formulate when a logic fully characterises a coinductive predicate on coalgebras, by providing suitable notions of adequacy and expressivity, and give sufficient conditions on the semantics. The approach is illustrated with logics characterising similarity, divergence and a behavioural metric on automata.

Clemens Kupke and Jurriaan Rot. Expressive Logics for Coinductive Predicates. In 28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 152, pp. 26:1-26:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{kupke_et_al:LIPIcs.CSL.2020.26, author = {Kupke, Clemens and Rot, Jurriaan}, title = {{Expressive Logics for Coinductive Predicates}}, booktitle = {28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020)}, pages = {26:1--26:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-132-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {152}, editor = {Fern\'{a}ndez, Maribel and Muscholl, Anca}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2020.26}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-116698}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2020.26}, annote = {Keywords: Coalgebra, Fibration, Modal Logic} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 152, 28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020)

Nominal sets provide a foundation for reasoning about names. They are used primarily in syntax with binders, but also, e.g., to model automata over infinite alphabets. In this paper, nominal sets are related to nominal renaming sets, which involve arbitrary substitutions rather than permutations, through a categorical adjunction. In particular, the left adjoint relates the separated product of nominal sets to the Cartesian product of nominal renaming sets. Based on these results, we define the new notion of separated nominal automata. We show that these automata can be exponentially smaller than classical nominal automata, if the semantics is closed under substitutions.

Joshua Moerman and Jurriaan Rot. Separation and Renaming in Nominal Sets. In 28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 152, pp. 31:1-31:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{moerman_et_al:LIPIcs.CSL.2020.31, author = {Moerman, Joshua and Rot, Jurriaan}, title = {{Separation and Renaming in Nominal Sets}}, booktitle = {28th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2020)}, pages = {31:1--31:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-132-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {152}, editor = {Fern\'{a}ndez, Maribel and Muscholl, Anca}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2020.31}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-116744}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2020.31}, annote = {Keywords: Nominal sets, Separated product, Adjunction, Automata, Coalgebra} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 139, 8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019)

We study a categorical generalisation of tree automata, as algebras for a fixed endofunctor endowed with initial and final states. Under mild assumptions about the base category, we present a general minimisation algorithm for these automata. We then build upon and extend an existing generalisation of the Nerode equivalence to a categorical setting and relate it to the existence of minimal automata. Finally, we show that generalised types of side-effects, such as non-determinism, can be captured by this categorical framework, leading to a general determinisation procedure.

Gerco van Heerdt, Tobias Kappé, Jurriaan Rot, Matteo Sammartino, and Alexandra Silva. Tree Automata as Algebras: Minimisation and Determinisation. In 8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 139, pp. 6:1-6:22, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{vanheerdt_et_al:LIPIcs.CALCO.2019.6, author = {van Heerdt, Gerco and Kapp\'{e}, Tobias and Rot, Jurriaan and Sammartino, Matteo and Silva, Alexandra}, title = {{Tree Automata as Algebras: Minimisation and Determinisation}}, booktitle = {8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019)}, pages = {6:1--6:22}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-120-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {139}, editor = {Roggenbach, Markus and Sokolova, Ana}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2019.6}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-114341}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2019.6}, annote = {Keywords: tree automata, algebras, minimisation, determinisation, Nerode equivalence} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 140, 30th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2019)

Kleene algebra with tests (KAT) is an algebraic framework for reasoning about the control flow of sequential programs. Generalising KAT to reason about concurrent programs is not straightforward, because axioms native to KAT in conjunction with expected axioms for concurrency lead to an anomalous equation. In this paper, we propose Kleene algebra with observations (KAO), a variant of KAT, as an alternative foundation for extending KAT to a concurrent setting. We characterise the free model of KAO, and establish a decision procedure w.r.t. its equational theory.

Tobias Kappé, Paul Brunet, Jurriaan Rot, Alexandra Silva, Jana Wagemaker, and Fabio Zanasi. Kleene Algebra with Observations. In 30th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 140, pp. 41:1-41:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{kappe_et_al:LIPIcs.CONCUR.2019.41, author = {Kapp\'{e}, Tobias and Brunet, Paul and Rot, Jurriaan and Silva, Alexandra and Wagemaker, Jana and Zanasi, Fabio}, title = {{Kleene Algebra with Observations}}, booktitle = {30th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2019)}, pages = {41:1--41:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-121-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {140}, editor = {Fokkink, Wan and van Glabbeek, Rob}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2019.41}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-109431}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2019.41}, annote = {Keywords: Concurrent Kleene algebra, Kleene algebra with tests, free model, axiomatisation, decision procedure} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 72, 7th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2017)

Distributive laws between functors are a fundamental tool in the theory of coalgebras. In the context of coinduction in complete lattices, they correspond to the so-called compatible functions, which enable enhancements of the coinductive proof technique. Amongst these, the greatest compatible function, called the companion, has recently been shown to satisfy many good properties.
Categorically, the companion of a functor corresponds to the final object in a category of distributive laws. We show that every accessible functor on a locally presentable category has a companion. Central to this and other constructions in the paper is the presentation of distributive laws as coalgebras for a certain functor. This functor itself has again, what we call, a second-order companion. We show how this companion interacts with the various monoidal structures on functor categories. In particular, both the first- and second-order companion give rise to monads. We use these results to obtain an abstract GSOS-like extension result for specifications involving the second-order companion.

Henning Basold, Damien Pous, and Jurriaan Rot. Monoidal Company for Accessible Functors. In 7th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 72, pp. 5:1-5:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{basold_et_al:LIPIcs.CALCO.2017.5, author = {Basold, Henning and Pous, Damien and Rot, Jurriaan}, title = {{Monoidal Company for Accessible Functors}}, booktitle = {7th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2017)}, pages = {5:1--5:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-033-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {72}, editor = {Bonchi, Filippo and K\"{o}nig, Barbara}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2017.5}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-80379}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2017.5}, annote = {Keywords: coalgebras, distributive laws, accessible functors, monoidal categories} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 42, 26th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2015)

Up-to techniques are useful tools for optimising proofs of behavioural equivalence of processes. Bisimulations up-to context can be safely used in any language specified by GSOS rules. We showed this result in a previous paper by exploiting the well-known observation by Turi and Plotkin that such languages form bialgebras. In this paper, we prove the soundness of up-to contextual closure for weak bisimulations of systems specified by cool rule formats, as defined by Bloom to ensure congruence of weak bisimilarity. However, the weak transition systems obtained from such cool rules give rise to lax bialgebras, rather than to bialgebras. Hence, to reach our goal, we extend our previously developed categorical framework to an ordered setting.

Filippo Bonchi, Daniela Petrisan, Damien Pous, and Jurriaan Rot. Lax Bialgebras and Up-To Techniques for Weak Bisimulations. In 26th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2015). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 42, pp. 240-253, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)

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@InProceedings{bonchi_et_al:LIPIcs.CONCUR.2015.240, author = {Bonchi, Filippo and Petrisan, Daniela and Pous, Damien and Rot, Jurriaan}, title = {{Lax Bialgebras and Up-To Techniques for Weak Bisimulations}}, booktitle = {26th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2015)}, pages = {240--253}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-91-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2015}, volume = {42}, editor = {Aceto, Luca and de Frutos Escrig, David}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2015.240}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-53709}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2015.240}, annote = {Keywords: Up-to techniques, weak bisimulation, (lax) bialgebras} }

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