Preface

Cesare Tinelli, Teodor Rus
2003 Theoretical Computer Science  
Preface The AMAST movement was initiated in 1989 with the First International Conference on Algebraic Methodology and Software Technology held in Iowa City, Iowa, and aimed at putting software development technology on a ÿrm, mathematical foundation based on algebraic and logical methods. Devising and reÿning algebraic and logical methodologies for software development remains the major objective of the AMAST movement. The ultimate goal is to make such methodologies both viable and attractive
more » ... r common software engineering practice. During the years, AMAST has attracted an international following among researchers and practitioners interested in software technology, programming methodology and their algebraic and logical foundations. At the same time, there has been a proliferation of workshops, conferences, and initiatives at both the industrial and the academic level which share AMAST's main goals of applying mathematical methods to software development. We see this as a clear testimony of the validity and vitality of AMAST's original vision. AMAST 2000, the 8th International Conference of the AMAST series, was held again in Iowa City, Iowa, from May 20 through May 27, 2000. It was intended as an anniversary meeting to celebrate the achievements of the ÿrst decade of the AMAST movement, examine current trends in the use of formal methods for software development, and discuss the opportunity of adapting AMAST's goals to the challenges raised by new developments in software technology. This special issue of Theoretical Computer Science contains revised versions of selected papers from AMAST 2000. The works collected here were chosen for their quality, level of original contribution, and consistency with the overall AMAST goals. Each selected paper underwent a thorough revision process carried out by the author(s) and was reviewed by at least three referees selected worldwide among experts in the ÿeld. Only papers with positive reviews were accepted for ÿnal publication. Here follows a brief description of the accepted papers. 1. A New Logic for Electronic Commerce Protocols by K. Adi, M. Debbabi and M. Mejri describes a modal logic in the dynamic logic family that is particularly well-suited for specifying and proving properties of protocols for electronic commerce. These include traditional security properties such as authentication, secrecy and integrity, and also e-commerce speciÿc properties, such as non-repudiation, anonymity, money atomicity, certiÿed delivery, and so on. The main features of the logic are the presence of modalities, its linearity, and its ability to formalize recursive speciÿcations. The logic's linearity is of particular interest for the speciÿcation of e-commerce properties, as it allows one to model resource consumption. 0304-3975/02/$ -see front matter c 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. PII: S 0 3 0 4 -3 9 7 5 ( 0 2 ) 0 0 3 6 3 -8
doi:10.1016/s0304-3975(02)00363-8 fatcat:pyvmpb5vjjbxfd35g33o3hdfhq