Up-to Techniques for Branching Bisimilarity

  • Rick Erkens
  • Jurriaan Rot
  • Bas LuttikEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12011)


Ever since the introduction of behavioral equivalences on processes one has been searching for efficient proof techniques that accompany those equivalences. Both strong bisimilarity and weak bisimilarity are accompanied by an arsenal of up-to techniques: enhancements of their proof methods. For branching bisimilarity, these results have not been established yet. We show that a powerful proof technique is sound for branching bisimilarity by combining the three techniques of up to union, up to expansion and up to context for Bloom’s BB cool format. We then make an initial proposal for casting the correctness proof of the up to context technique in an abstract coalgebraic setting, covering branching but also \(\eta \), delay and weak bisimilarity.



We thank Filippo Bonchi for the idea how to encode branching bisimilarity coalgebraically, and the reviewers for their useful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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