Special Issue "Recent Advances in Petri Nets Modeling"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Computing and Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luis Gomes
Guest Editor
NOVA University Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Portugal
Interests: Petri nets; embedded systems; hardware/software co-design; reconfigurable computing platforms; FPGA; model-based development; design automation; cyberphysical systems; globally asynchronous locally synchronous (GALS) systems
Prof. Dr. João Paulo Barros

Guest Editor
Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal
Interests: Petri nets, graphical specification languages, languages and tools for object-oriented and model-driven software development. He is also especially interested in mobile computing, computer science education, and curriculum development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Models play a fundamental role in science and engineering, as abstraction and reduction allow the intended rigor and preciseness. Their readability also allows and facilitates their use as the basis for communication between users and engineers.

Petri nets are very suitable to support this interaction as they can graphically specify sequence, concurrency, conflicts, and synchronizations. Petri nets provide a mathematically rigorous language for the construction of models with precise semantics, which can then be simulated and verified with modern computing tools.

This has made Petri nets a well-known formalism widely used in different application areas. In order to tune the models to specific application areas, several extensions of Petri nets have been defined, originating from different classes of Petri nets (e.g., synchronized, colored, timed, object-oriented, continuous).

The main aim of this Special Issue is to seek high-quality submissions addressing original research on Petri net modeling, as well as on topics relevant to distributed and concurrent systems.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • System design and model-driven development using nets;
  • Structuring and composability in Petri nets modeling;
  • Verification and model checking using nets;
  • Tools for modeling and verification;
  • Tools for rapid prototyping using nets;
  • Code generation from Petri nets models;
  • Relationships between Petri nets and other approaches;
  • Applications in different areas, such as healthcare systems, industrial automation, home and building automation, smart grids, manufacturing systems, real-time systems, chemistry processes, and social sciences;
  • Applications to cyberphysical systems, Internet of Things, embedded systems, controller network, automotive networks, and wireless sensor networks, among others.

Papers reporting new and unpublished advances on any aspect of these topics are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Luis Gomes
Prof. Dr. João Paulo Barros
Guest Editors

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  • Model-based development
  • Model-driven engineering
  • System simulation
  • Verification
  • Model checking
  • Computer tools
  • Behavioral models
  • Executable models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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