Citation of my M.Sc. thesis in “Structural Domain Modelling For Policy Language Specialization With Conflict Analysis”

One afternoon, I was browsing the internet when suddenly I figured out that my M.Sc. thesis published in 2010 has been cited by Zohra Ahsan Khowaja for her Ph.D. thesis in 2012. Congratulations to her.

I didn’t get a chance myself to go over the whole thesis. However, I am very proud that my work contributed to even a very tiny portion of a Ph.D. thesis. One of the requirements of writing a Ph.D. thesis is that the work to be original and the results have not been achieved prior to that. I am very happy to consider that I contributed to the expansion of human knowledge, even in the tiniest way.

The title for Zohra’s thesis is:

Structural Domain Modelling For Policy Language Specialization With Conflict Analysis

The following is the abstract of her thesis:

Policies are descriptive and provide information which can be used to modify the
behaviour of a system without the need of recompilation and redeployment. They
are usually written in a policy definition language which allows end users to specify
their requirements, preferences and constraints. Policies are used in many
software application areas: network management, telecommunications, security,
and access control are some typical examples. Ponder, KAoS, Rein, XACML,
and WSPL are examples of policy definition languages. These languages are usually
targeted at a specific domain, hence there is a plethora of languages. APPEL
(the Adaptable Programmable Policy Environment Language) [69] has followed
a different approach: It is a generic policy description language conceived with
a clear separation between core language and its specialization for concrete domains.
So far, there has not been any formal method for the extension and domain
specialization of the APPEL policy language.
Policy conflict can occur when a new or a modified policy is deployed in a
policy server, which leads to unspecified behaviour. To make policy based systems
conflict free it is necessary to detect and resolve conflicts before they occur,
otherwise the intended behaviour of a policy cannot be guaranteed.
We introduce a structural modelling approach to specialize the policy language
for different domains, implemented in the VIATRA2 graph transformation tool.
This approach is applied to APPEL. Our method for conflict analysis is based
on the modelling methodology. As conflicts depend on domain knowledge, it is
sensible to use this knowledge for conflict analysis. The identified conflicting
actions are then encoded in the ALLOY model checker that confirm the existence
of actual and potential conflicts.

You can find the complete thesis here.

This is how my thesis has been cited (Page24):

Static conflict detection methods can also be used for run time conflict detection, made possible by using a snap shot of a system created at a certain moment and detect the conflict at that moment[70]

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