#
Applications of Fran

Fran is a system for Functional Reactive Animation
developed by Conal Elliott and others.
Fran is a library of functions for the functional programming
language Haskell.

This page
gives links to work using Fran by Simon Thompson.
Some of this is joint
work with Tony Daniels (UKC)
and
Helen
Cameron and Peter
King at the University
of Manitoba.

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A lift simulation in Fran

This paper
which appears in the Journal of Functional Programming,
10(3),
describes a two-floor lift simulation in complete detail and gives a
description of how the simulation is generalised to take account of n floors.
The code for
these simulations can be downloaded
from here.

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Verifying Fran programs

This draft paper explores how aspects of
Fran can be given a
logical interpretation in a temporal logic. After a general discussion, the
paper focusses on the two-floor lift example.
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Modelling Multimedia artifacts in Fran

We have been looking at formal approaches to modelling multimedia
artifacts; one approach has used temporal logic to give
general
specifications and to
investigate synchronization. We
have also begun to investigate how Fran, a special-purpose library
embedded in a general purpose functional programming language,
can be used for the task.

Here is a short draft paper about this work
and an expanded version.
The programs mentioned in these papers are discussed
in more detail and can be downloaded from
here.

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Modelling Reactive Multimedia: Events and Behaviours

This paper
to appear in Multimedia Tools and
Applications gives a more thoroughgoing account of our joint
work in this area: it discusses reactive systems which respond to
external continuous behaviours, and in paricular looks at the notion
of a dynamic link whose target can depend upon the evolving values
of a number of behaviours. The examples are implemented in Fran, and
can be found here.
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Modelling reactive Multimedia: Design and Authoring

This paper contrasts three systems, Fran, SMIL and MCF, which are used to
develop a 'ball shooting game'. Paper and codes are accessible
from here.
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Slides from a recent talk

Here are the
slides from a recent UKC talk on Fran and verification.
You can also get them four up, minus the bitmap
which doesn't want to be shrunk.
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Using interval temporal logic in this area

Details of my work with
Howard Bowman
can be found
here.

**© Simon Thompson, 1999.**

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Last modified 22 May 2002.
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