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Invited Talk
Determinacy of Infinite Games: Perspectives of the Algorithmic Approach (Invited Talk)

Authors: Wolfgang Thomas

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 82, 26th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2017)


Abstract
Determinacy of infinite two-player games is a topic of descriptive set theory that has triggered intensive research in theoretical computer science since 1957 when A. Church formulated his "synthesis problem" (regarding the construction of circuits with infinite behavior from logical specifications). In the first part of the lecture we review the fascinating development of the algorithmic theory of infinite games that was started by Church's problem, that enriched automata theory and related fields, and that led to interesting applications in verification and program synthesis. In the second part we turn to the question how to lift this theory from the case of the Cantor space (where a play is a sequence of bits) to the case of the Baire space (where a play is a sequence of natural numbers). While this step does not involve difficulties in classical descriptive set theory, the algorithmic approach raises non-trivial questions since it requires to consider automata that work over infinite alphabets. We present recent results (joint work with B. Brütsch) that provide a solution of Church's synthesis problem in this context, and we point to numerous questions that are still open.

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Wolfgang Thomas. Determinacy of Infinite Games: Perspectives of the Algorithmic Approach (Invited Talk). In 26th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 82, p. 6:1, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)


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@InProceedings{thomas:LIPIcs.CSL.2017.6,
  author =	{Thomas, Wolfgang},
  title =	{{Determinacy of Infinite Games: Perspectives of the Algorithmic Approach}},
  booktitle =	{26th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2017)},
  pages =	{6:1--6:1},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-045-3},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{82},
  editor =	{Goranko, Valentin and Dam, Mads},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2017.6},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-77083},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2017.6},
  annote =	{Keywords: Infinite games, descriptive set theory, automata theory, transducers, automatic synthesis}
}
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Non-Zero-Sum-Games and Control (Dagstuhl Seminar 15061)

Authors: Krishnendu Chatterjee, Stéphane Lafortune, Nicolas Markey, and Wolfgang Thomas

Published in: Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 5, Issue 2 (2015)


Abstract
In this report, the program, research issues, and results of Dagstuhl Seminar 15061 "Non-Zero-Sum-Games and Control" are described. The area of non-zero-sum games is addressed in a wide range of topics: multi-player games, partial-observation games, quantitative game models, and - as a special focus - connections with control engineering (supervisory control).

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Krishnendu Chatterjee, Stéphane Lafortune, Nicolas Markey, and Wolfgang Thomas. Non-Zero-Sum-Games and Control (Dagstuhl Seminar 15061). In Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp. 1-25, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)


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@Article{chatterjee_et_al:DagRep.5.2.1,
  author =	{Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Lafortune, St\'{e}phane and Markey, Nicolas and Thomas, Wolfgang},
  title =	{{Non-Zero-Sum-Games and Control (Dagstuhl Seminar 15061)}},
  pages =	{1--25},
  journal =	{Dagstuhl Reports},
  ISSN =	{2192-5283},
  year =	{2015},
  volume =	{5},
  number =	{2},
  editor =	{Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Lafortune, St\'{e}phane and Markey, Nicolas and Thomas, Wolfgang},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagRep.5.2.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-50424},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagRep.5.2.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: non-zero-sum games, infinite games, multi-player games, partial-observation games, quantitative games, controller synthesis, supervisory control}
}
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10501 Abstracts Collection – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees

Authors: Christian Glasser, Jean-Eric Pin, Nicole Schweikardt, Victor Selivanov, and Wolfgang Thomas

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10501, Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees (2011)


Abstract
From 12.12.2010 to 17.12.2010, the Dagstuhl Seminar 10501 ``Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees'' was held in Schloss Dagstuhl~--~Leibniz Center for Informatics. During the seminar, several participants presented their current research, and ongoing work and open problems were discussed. Abstracts of the presentations given during the seminar as well as abstracts of seminar results and ideas are put together in this paper. The first section describes the seminar topics and goals in general. Links to extended abstracts or full papers are provided, if available.

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Christian Glasser, Jean-Eric Pin, Nicole Schweikardt, Victor Selivanov, and Wolfgang Thomas. 10501 Abstracts Collection – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees. In Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10501, pp. 1-12, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)


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@InProceedings{glasser_et_al:DagSemProc.10501.1,
  author =	{Glasser, Christian and Pin, Jean-Eric and Schweikardt, Nicole and Selivanov, Victor and Thomas, Wolfgang},
  title =	{{10501 Abstracts Collection – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees}},
  booktitle =	{Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees},
  pages =	{1--12},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2011},
  volume =	{10501},
  editor =	{Christian Glasser and Jean-Eric Pin and Nicole Schweikardt and Victor Selivanov and Wolfgang Thomas},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.10501.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-31486},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.10501.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: Automata theory, logic, verification, data structures, algorithms, complexity, games, infinite games with perfect information, reactive systems, specification and verification, combinatorics, hierarchies and reducibilities}
}
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10501 Executive Summary – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees

Authors: Christian Glasser, Jean-Eric Pin, Nicole Schweikardt, Victor Selivanov, and Wolfgang Thomas

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10501, Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees (2011)


Abstract
The aim of the seminar was to discuss and systematize the recent fast progress in automata theory and to identify important directions for future research. For this, the seminar brought together more than 40 researchers from automata theory and related fields of applications. We had 19 talks of 30 minutes and 5 one-hour lectures leaving ample room for discussions. In the following we describe the topics in more detail.

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Christian Glasser, Jean-Eric Pin, Nicole Schweikardt, Victor Selivanov, and Wolfgang Thomas. 10501 Executive Summary – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees. In Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10501, pp. 1-4, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)


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@InProceedings{glasser_et_al:DagSemProc.10501.2,
  author =	{Glasser, Christian and Pin, Jean-Eric and Schweikardt, Nicole and Selivanov, Victor and Thomas, Wolfgang},
  title =	{{10501 Executive Summary – Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees}},
  booktitle =	{Advances and Applications of Automata on Words and Trees},
  pages =	{1--4},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2011},
  volume =	{10501},
  editor =	{Christian Glasser and Jean-Eric Pin and Nicole Schweikardt and Victor Selivanov and Wolfgang Thomas},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.10501.2},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-31474},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.10501.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Infinite games with perfect information, reactive systems, specification and verification, combinatorics, hierarchies and reducibilities}
}
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08271 Abstracts Collection – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations

Authors: Peter Hertling, Victor Selivanov, Wolfgang Thomas, William W. Wadge, and Klaus Wagner

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8271, Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations (2008)


Abstract
From June 29, 2008, to July 4, 2008, the Dagstuhl Seminar 08271 ``Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations'' was held in the International Conference and Research Center (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl. During the seminar, many participants presented their current research, and ongoing work and open problems were discussed. Abstracts of the presentations given during the seminar as well as abstracts of seminar results and ideas are put together in this paper. The first section describes the seminar topics and goals in general. Links to extended abstracts or full papers are provided, if available.

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Peter Hertling, Victor Selivanov, Wolfgang Thomas, William W. Wadge, and Klaus Wagner. 08271 Abstracts Collection – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations. In Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8271, pp. 1-17, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


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@InProceedings{hertling_et_al:DagSemProc.08271.1,
  author =	{Hertling, Peter and Selivanov, Victor and Thomas, Wolfgang and Wadge, William W. and Wagner, Klaus},
  title =	{{08271 Abstracts Collection – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations}},
  booktitle =	{Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations},
  pages =	{1--17},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2008},
  volume =	{8271},
  editor =	{Peter Hertling and Victor Selivanov and Wolfgang Thomas and William W. Wadge and Klaus Wagner},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.08271.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-16555},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.08271.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: Automata theory, computability in analysis, dataflow computation, hierarchies, infinite computations, infinite games, reactive systems, specification and verification, topological complexity, Wadge reducibility}
}
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08271 Executive Summary – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations

Authors: Peter Hertling, Victor Selivanov, Wolfgang Thomas, William W. Wadge, and Klaus Wagner

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8271, Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations (2008)


Abstract
The theory of the infinite behaviour of continuously operating computing devices is of primary importance for several branches of theoretical and practical computer science. In particular, it is fundamental for the verification and synthesis of reactive systems like microprocessors or operating systems, for the understanding of dataflow computation, and for the development of adequate mathematical foundations for exact real computation. The seminar brought together researchers from many different disciplines who are working on theoretical or practical aspects of infinite computations. In this summary we describe the topics, the goals, and the contributions of the seminar.

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Peter Hertling, Victor Selivanov, Wolfgang Thomas, William W. Wadge, and Klaus Wagner. 08271 Executive Summary – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations. In Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8271, pp. 1-5, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


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@InProceedings{hertling_et_al:DagSemProc.08271.2,
  author =	{Hertling, Peter and Selivanov, Victor and Thomas, Wolfgang and Wadge, William W. and Wagner, Klaus},
  title =	{{08271 Executive Summary – Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations}},
  booktitle =	{Topological and Game-Theoretic Aspects of Infinite Computations},
  pages =	{1--5},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2008},
  volume =	{8271},
  editor =	{Peter Hertling and Victor Selivanov and Wolfgang Thomas and William W. Wadge and Klaus Wagner},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.08271.2},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-16499},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.08271.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Automata theory, computability in analysis, dataflow computation, hierarchies, infinite computations, infinite games, reactive systems, specification}
}
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05241 Abstracts Collection – Synthesis and Planning

Authors: Henry Kautz, Wolfgang Thomas, and Moshe Y. Vardi

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5241, Synthesis and Planning (2006)


Abstract
From 12.06.05 to 17.06.2005 the Dagstuhl Seminar 05241 ``Synthesis and Planning'' was held in the International Conference and Research Center (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl. During the seminar, several participants presented their current research, and ongoing work and open problems were discussed. Abstracts of the presentations given during the seminar as well as abstracts of seminar results and ideas are put together in this paper. The first section describes the seminar topics and goals in general. Links to extended abstracts or full papers are provided, if available.

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Henry Kautz, Wolfgang Thomas, and Moshe Y. Vardi. 05241 Abstracts Collection – Synthesis and Planning. In Synthesis and Planning. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5241, pp. 1-13, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2006)


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@InProceedings{kautz_et_al:DagSemProc.05241.1,
  author =	{Kautz, Henry and Thomas, Wolfgang and Vardi, Moshe Y.},
  title =	{{05241 Abstracts Collection – Synthesis and Planning}},
  booktitle =	{Synthesis and Planning},
  pages =	{1--13},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2006},
  volume =	{5241},
  editor =	{Henry Kautz and Wolfgang Thomas and Moshe Y. Vardi},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.05241.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-4531},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.05241.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: AI planning, controller synthesis, partially observed domains, reactive computation, program analysis, games, model checking, satisfiability, Markov decision processes}
}
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05241 Executive Summary – Synthesis and Planning

Authors: Henry Kautz, Wolfgang Thomas, and Moshe Y. Vardi

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5241, Synthesis and Planning (2006)


Abstract
This seminar has brought together researchers working in two complementary fields: automatic synthesis of (control) programs, and methods for devising planning algorithms in artifical intelligence (AI). This combines a strong thread of current research in automata theory with an area of possible but so far unexplored applications.

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Henry Kautz, Wolfgang Thomas, and Moshe Y. Vardi. 05241 Executive Summary – Synthesis and Planning. In Synthesis and Planning. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5241, pp. 1-4, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2006)


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@InProceedings{kautz_et_al:DagSemProc.05241.2,
  author =	{Kautz, Henry and Thomas, Wolfgang and Vardi, Moshe Y.},
  title =	{{05241 Executive Summary – Synthesis and Planning}},
  booktitle =	{Synthesis and Planning},
  pages =	{1--4},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2006},
  volume =	{5241},
  editor =	{Henry Kautz and Wolfgang Thomas and Moshe Y. Vardi},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.05241.2},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-4527},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.05241.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Synthesis, planning}
}
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Deterministic Automata on Unranked Trees

Authors: Wolfgang Thomas, Julien Christau, and Christof Löding

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5061, Foundations of Semistructured Data (2005)


Abstract
We investigate bottom-up and top-down deterministic automata on unranked trees. We show that for an appropriate definition of bottom-up deterministic automata it is possible to minimize the number of states efficiently and to obtain a unique canonical representative of the accepted tree language. For top-down deterministic automata it is well known that they are less expressive than the non-deterministic ones. By generalizing a corresponding proof from the theory of ranked tree automata we show that it is decidable whether a given regular language of unranked trees can be recognized by a top-down deterministic automaton. The standard deterministic top-down model is slightly weaker than the model we use, where at each node the automaton can scan the sequence of the labels of its successors before deciding its next move.

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Wolfgang Thomas, Julien Christau, and Christof Löding. Deterministic Automata on Unranked Trees. In Foundations of Semistructured Data. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5061, pp. 1-12, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2005)


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@InProceedings{thomas_et_al:DagSemProc.05061.3,
  author =	{Thomas, Wolfgang and Christau, Julien and L\"{o}ding, Christof},
  title =	{{Deterministic Automata on Unranked Trees}},
  booktitle =	{Foundations of Semistructured Data},
  pages =	{1--12},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2005},
  volume =	{5061},
  editor =	{Frank Neven and Thomas Schwentick and Dan Suciu},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.05061.3},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-2281},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.05061.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Automata, unranked trees, parikh automata}
}
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Automata Theory: Infinite Computations (Dagstuhl Seminar 9202)

Authors: Kevin Compton, Jean-Eric Pin, and Wolfgang Thomas

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Reports. Dagstuhl Seminar Reports, Volume 1 (2021)


Abstract

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Kevin Compton, Jean-Eric Pin, and Wolfgang Thomas. Automata Theory: Infinite Computations (Dagstuhl Seminar 9202). Dagstuhl Seminar Report 28, pp. 1-29, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (1992)


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@TechReport{compton_et_al:DagSemRep.28,
  author =	{Compton, Kevin and Pin, Jean-Eric and Thomas, Wolfgang},
  title =	{{Automata Theory: Infinite Computations (Dagstuhl Seminar 9202)}},
  pages =	{1--29},
  ISSN =	{1619-0203},
  year =	{1992},
  type = 	{Dagstuhl Seminar Report},
  number =	{28},
  institution =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemRep.28},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-149166},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemRep.28},
}
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