Petri Nets 2010, ACSD 2010 - Braga, Portugal


ACSD 2010

Braga, Portugal, June 21-25, 2010
Petri Nets 2010, ACSD 2010 - Braga, Portugal

Invited Speaker: David Harel

Some Thoughts on Behavioral Programming
(Distinguished Carl Adam Petri Lecture)


This talk starts from a dream/vision paper I published in 2008, whose title is a play on that of John Backus' famous Turing Award Lecture (and paper). I will propose that – or rather ask whether – programming can be made to be a lot closer to the way humans think about dynamics, and the way they manage to get others (e.g., their children, their employees, etc.) to do what they have in mind. Technically, the question is whether we can liberate programming from its three main straightjackets: (1) having to directly produce a precise artifact in some language; (2) having actually to produce two separate artifacts (the program and the requirements) and having then to pit one against the other; (3) having to program each piece/part/object of the system separately. The talk will then get a little more technical, providing some evidence of feasibility of the dream, via LSCs and the play-in/play-out approach to scenario-based programming. The entire body of work around these ideas can be framed as a paradigm that we have begun to term behavioral programming.

09:00-10:00 Thursday, 24 June 2010