Mahsa Shirmohammadi

Date: 17:00, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Speaker: Mahsa Shirmohammadi
Venue: IST Austria

Markov decision processes (MDPs) are finite-state probabilistic systems
with both strategic and random choices, hence well-established to model
the interactions between a controller and its randomly responding
environment. An MDP is viewed as a 1/2-player stochastic game played in
rounds when the controller chooses an action, and the environment
chooses a successor according to a fixed probability distribution.

Recently, MDPs have been viewed as generators of sequences of
probability distributions over states, called the distribution-outcome.
We introduce synchronizing conditions defined on distribution-outcomes,
which intuitively requires that some (group of) state(s) tend to
accumulate all the probability mass. We consider the following modes of
synchronization: the always mode where all distributions of the
distribution-outcome must be synchronized, the eventually mode where
some distributions must be synchronized, the weakly mode where
infinitely many distributions must be synchronized, and the strongly
mode where all but finitely many distributions must be synchronized.

For each synchronizing mode, we study three winning modes: sure,
almost-sure and limit-sure. In this talk, we present the various
synchronization modes and winning modes, as well as an overview of the
key properties for their analysis.

We also give hints on synchronization in probabilistic automata (PAs),
that are kind of MDPs where controllers are restricted to use only
word-strategies; i.e. no ability to observe the history of the system
execution, but the number of choices made so far.

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