Earlier offerings

EE 290N, Spring 2009

EE 290N is a graduate seminar, taught irregularly, where the topics vary considerably depending on the instructor. Nominally, the topic of this course is: Advanced topics in systems theory. For the Spring 2009 edition of section 002 (there are three sections being taught), the topic will be:

Concurrent models of computation

The instructor is Professor Edward A. Lee,


  • Fridays 9-12AM, 540 A/B Cory
  • Office hours: Friday 1-4PM, 545Q (call 3-3728 for access)
  • Study group: Friday 4-5PM (tentative), 540 A/B Cory

Short Description

This course studies concurrent models of computation (MoCs). The topics will include how to use concurrent MoCs to design software systems, how to implement concurrent MoCs, how to analyze designs for boundedness, deadlock, and determinacy, formal semantics (fixed point semantics and metric-space models), and a bit of language design (type systems, higher-order components, structured design). The MoCs we will cover include process networks (PN), threads, message passing, synchronous/reactive (SR), concurrent state machines (statecharts and ERG), dataflow (several variants), rendezvous (like CSP, CCS), time-triggered models (like Giotto), discrete-event (DE), and continuous-time (CT). We will study heterogeneous models, including hybrid systems. We will study how these MoCs are used in languages such as StreamIt, LabVIEW, Lustre/SCADE, Esterel, Signal, and Simulink. Applications to embedded systems design, cyber-physical systems modeling, and parallel and distributed software will be considered. See also Previous offerings of this course

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