Automating the transformation-based analysis of visual languagesAutomating the transformation-based analysis of visual languages
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Antwerp Systems and software Modelling (AnSyMo)
Formal aspects of computing. - Berlin
22(2009):3/4, p. 297-326
University of Antwerp
We present a novel approach for the automatic generation of model-to-model transformations given a description of the operational semantics of the source language in the form of graph transformation rules. The approach is geared to the generation of transformations from Domain-Specific Visual Languages (DSVLs) into semantic domains with an explicit notion of transition, like for example Petri nets. The generated transformation is expressed in the form of operational triple graph grammar rules that transform the static information (initial model) and the dynamics (source rules and their execution control structure). We illustrate these techniques with a DSVL in the domain of production systems, for which we generate a transformation into Petri nets. We also tackle the description of timing aspects in graph transformation rules, and its analysis through their automatic translation into Time Petri nets.