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A Direct Formal Semantics for BPMN Time-Related Constructs

Abstract : BPMN supports the design of intra-organization workflows and inter-organization collaborations. This rich notation includes elements to deal with models where time is central. However, the expressiveness of the BPMN time-related constructs hampers the definition of a formal semantics including them, and the provision of formal analysis means for timed process models. We propose here a first-order logic semantics for a subset of BPMN that includes its time-related constructs. With reference to related work, we support the specification of datetimes, durations, and cycles, using ISO-8601 formats as specified in the standard. Our approach is tool-supported by a model transformation into the Alloy formal language and its bounded counter-example generator. Our tool and model database are open source and freely available.
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Sara Houhou, Souheib Baarir, Pascal Poizat, Philippe Quéinnec. A Direct Formal Semantics for BPMN Time-Related Constructs. ENASE 2021 - 16th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, Apr 2021, online, Czech Republic. pp.138-149, ⟨10.5220/0010462901380149⟩. ⟨hal-03170814⟩



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