ACPN 2020
Advanced Course on Petri Nets

COVID-19 Notice

In view of the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak, the ensuing uncertainty about the safety of lecturers and students, and the restricted possiblities for the organisers, it has become clear that it would be impossible to organise the Advanced Course on Petri Nets as a live event in September. With deep regret the Scientific and Organizing Committees, in consultation with the PN Steering Committee, have decided to postpone the Advanced Course on Petri Nets until the fall of 2022.

The Advanced Course on Petri Nets will be hosted on September 6-11, 2020, at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland.

Petri nets are the first formal model for distributed systems, and they are still up-to-date and unrivalled. After more than half a century of development, the field has been deepened theoretically and Petri nets are used to model and analyse all kind of real-life distributed systems with the support of a plethora of algorithmic techniques and tools.

The Petri net approach is based on locality of states and local effects of actions. It underlies many other methodologies and graphical modeling techniques, which therefore have inherited core concepts, design approaches and anlysis results from the area of Petri sets.

Examples of Petri net applications include distributed algorithms, embedded systems, communication protocols, hardware systems, as well as models of Internet services and business processes, many of them far younger than Petri nets themselves.

Next to the annual conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets taking place since 1980, the Petri Net community organises every 7-10 years an Advanced Course on Petri Nets, which comprises the respective current state of the art in Petri Net Theory and in Applications of Petri Nets. Typical attendees are PhD students and post-docs from all over the world who work with Petri Nets, but also more senior scientists who want to broaden their expertise. In particular, students of an Advanced Course on Petri Nets learn about Petri Nets as a foundation for various application oriented process related domains.

So far there have been five Advanced Courses: in Hamburg in 1978, in Bad Honnef in 1986, in Dagstuhl in 1996, in Eichstättt in 2003, and in Rostock in 2010. The 6th Advanced Course on Petri Nets will take place in Toruń, Poland, from September 6 until September 11, 2020. Hence, for the first time, the Advanced Course takes place outside Germany.

The program of the 6th Advanced Course is application oriented i.e. directed towards aspects of Petri Net applications, case studies and tools introduced after lectures on fundamental issues and presentations on important new advanced topics and results.

The last three days of the Course consist of (partly parallel) full day tutorials on the use of Petri nets as a formal foundation and tool in specific application domains. Each tutorial includes an introduction to the application domain, hands-on experience with a relevant tool, and a realistic case study. All lecturers are experts in their respective fields.