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21 July 2009

SEAD Seminar: Zhenjiang Hu (NII)

Location: JLB meeting room 10
Time: 12.00noon
Speaker(s): Zhenjiang Hu (NII)

Speaker: Zhenjiang Hu (GRACE Center, National Institute of Informatics, Japan) Title: Automatic Model Inconsistency Fixing Abstract: Modern development environments often involve models with complex consistency relations. Some of the relations can be automatically established through ``fixing procedures''. When users update some parts of the model and cause inconsistency, a fixing procedure dynamically propagates the update to other parts to fix the inconsistency. Currently, fixing procedures are manually implemented, which requires a lot of efforts and the correctness of a fixing procedure is not guaranteed. In this paper we propose a new language, Beanbag, to support the development of fixing procedures. A Beanbag program defines a consistency relation in OCL-like syntax, but the program can be executed in two modes. The checking mode checks whether a model satisfies the relation. The fixing mode takes user updates on the model and produces new updates to make the model satisfy the consistency relation. In this way Beanbag significantly eases the development of fixing procedures. In addition, a Beanbag program is also guaranteed to be correct with respect to the three correctness properties we define. We evaluate Beanbag over a set of MOF and UML consistency relations and the result shows that Beanbag is useful in practice. This is a joint work with Yingfei Xiong, Haiyan Zhao, Hui Song, Masato Takeichi and Hong Mei. Biography: Zhenjiang Hu is a professor of National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan. He received his BS and MS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1988 and 1991 respectively, and Ph.D degree from University of Tokyo in 1996. He was a lecture (1997-1999) and an associate professor (2000-2007) in University of Tokyo, before joining NII as a full professor in 2008. His main interest is in programming languages and software engineering in general, and functional programming and model driven software development in particular. More information can be found at his home page: http://research.nii.ac.jp/~hu/

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