The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Towards formalizing UML State Diagrams in CSP

Ng, Muan Yong and Butler, Michael, (2003) Towards formalizing UML State Diagrams in CSP Cerone, Antonio and Lindsay, Peter (eds.) At 1st IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, Australia. 25 - 26 Sep 2003. , pp. 138-147.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)


The UML (Unified Modelling Language) state diagram notation is a graphical language which comprises an extensive set of constructs with good structural semantics but lack of a formal behavioural semantics. With this regard, we have used the Hoare's CSP (Communicating and Sequential Processes) to formalize the behaviour of UML SD. The fact that CSP is supported by model-checkers such as FDR enables a system design using a state diagram to be formally checked during design stage. This paper presents the formalization which would allow us to reason about the behaviour of a UML SD in CSP.

Postscript - Other
Download (1MB)

More information

Published date: 2003
Additional Information: Event Dates: 25-26 September 2003
Venue - Dates: 1st IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, Australia, 2003-09-25 - 2003-09-26
Keywords: CSP, UML, State Diagram
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems


Local EPrints ID: 258324
PURE UUID: 31cf7c54-f36e-41de-a762-8b65d83238e8
ORCID for Michael Butler: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 10 Oct 2003
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:33

Export record


Author: Muan Yong Ng
Author: Michael Butler ORCID iD
Editor: Antonio Cerone
Editor: Peter Lindsay

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.