Carl Adam Petri Memorial Symposium

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Friday, February 4, 2011

Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin

Carl Adam Petri was one of the most influential computer scientists of our time. He was a true visionary who pioneered the scientific modeling of discrete concurrent systems. His seminal Ph.D. thesis from 1962 outlined a whole research program to set up new foundations for computer science. The thesis was genuinely revolutionary, as what is was proposing went against all the current trends in computer science. Very few scientists recognized then the brilliancy of his way of thinking. But today, "Petri Nets" stands for a very broad framework for construction and analysis of concurrent and distributed systems. Although a big number of other models have been developed in the meantime, Petri Nets remain a central model and they are often used as a yardstick for other models of concurrency.

Carl Adam Petri passed away on July 2, 2010. His loss is felt deeply by friends and colleagues around the world.

This symposium commemorates the life and work of this great scientist. The speakers will present many facets of the scientific influence of Petri, and some of them will also reflect on personal contacts/friendships with him.

HU Organizing Committee: Wolfgang Reisig, Grzegorz Rozenberg, Bernd Krämer, Rüdiger Valk
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