A Classification of UML2 Activity Diagrams

We present the results of a case study where we investigated a semantic mapping of UML2 activity diagrams to the pi-calculus. Our study was initiated by recent discussions on the role of the pi-calculus for future business-process management systems as well as our interest in developing formal nalysis techniques for activity diagrams.
The study revealed interesting insights into the semantic expressivity of activity diagrams and the semantic nature of the different modeling elements, in particular of object nodes and activity final nodes. We show that for certain types of diagrams, a semantic mapping of object nodes, in particular of pins, to message reading and receiving operations is insufficient and propose an encoding of pins as pi-processes. Our results motivated us to present a novel classification of activity diagrams based on their semantic expressivity.

By: Jana Koehler; Jochen M. Kuester; John Novatnack; Ksenia Ryndina

Published in: RZ3673 in 2006


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