|Workshop on "Framework and scope of formal languages"
Geneva, 2 March 2002|
Framework and scope of formal languages
02 March 2002
Montbrillant Building, ITU-T, Place des Nations, Geneva
08:30 - 17:00
The workshop is being held to mark the start of a new ITU-T project called
the: Language Coordination Project
The workshop is also being held during the first meeting of the new ITU-T
Study Group 17.
ITU-T languages include the well known ASN.1, MSC, SDL and TTCN set used
widely within the telecommunications industry, as well as newer languages (such
as ODL) and languages currently under study with ITU-T Study Group 17 (such as
URN). Although these languages are used within ITU-T, it is recognized that the
majority of users are either involved in product development or producing
deliverables for other organizations such as ETSI, 3GPP or even IETF. There is
also a small but growing number of users in other industries such as aeronautics
and vehicle manufacture, whose use of these languages contributes to long-term
viability. The ITU-T Study Group 17 Language Coordination Project is intended to
benefit this whole community of users.
The project has the following objectives:
- To improve the engineering process of products by providing a framework and
a set of languages that are smoothly integrated;
- To allow easy integration with relevant languages developed and maintained
- To improve Recommendations in the sense that they can be more easily
implemented as products and that products can be more rigorously tested for
There is a need to present the ITU-T languages in a coordinated framework to
enable users to understand where they can be used and standardization bodies to
coordinate and set priorities, and so that everyone can ascertain what is
covered or not covered by the ITU-T languages. Therefore, there is a need to
present all the languages/notations in a common framework as a coordinated
language family; to adopt a common approach to presentation of the languages; to
coordinate methods for use of the languages; and to adopt a common approach to
The workshop is therefore intended to explore these issues through a
combination of presentations and discussion. The issues to be addressed include
the integrated use of various languages including technical difficulties,
methods and tools and the objectives of the Language Coordination Project
Inputs are invited that will contribute to the project and should be
considered at the workshop. These can range from: proposals on what the project
should aim to achieve, technical merits and concerns on the integrated use of
various languages including technical difficulties, methods and tools; through
to presentations on languages and methods from outside ITU.
Presenters have been asked to focus on the use of languages together, rather
than specific details of a presented language.
This is not a conference, but a workshop, so that participants can contribute
to the discussion and future direction as well as learn.
As it is planned that the workshop is interactive, the programme given is
only intended as a guideline. Presenters do not have fixed time slots and have
been asked to allow for plenty of discussion time, though most speakers probably
need 15 minutes to do justice to their subject.
The time slots for the breaks and lunch are assumed to be less flexible.
It is anticipated that most delegates will either be able to download
presentations and accompanying notes or papers from the ITU-T Internal Ethernet
on the day (bring your laptop and cables - there are Ethernet sockets and power
at every seat).