Toward bidirectionalization of ATL with GRoundTram

Isao Sasano, Zhenjiang Hu, Soichiro Hidaka, Kazuhiro Inaba, Hiroyuki Kato, Keisuke Nakano. Toward bidirectionalization of ATL with GRoundTram. In Jordi Cabot, Eelco Visser, editors, Theory and Practice of Model Transformations, Fourth International Conference, ICMT 2011, Zurich, Switzerland, June 27-28, 2011. Proceedings. Volume 6707 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 138-151, Springer, 2011.


ATL is a language for describing model transformations currently in uni-direction. In our previous work we have shown that transformations of graph structures given in some form can be bidirectionalized and have implemented a system called GRoundTram system for bidirectional graph transformations. We say a transformation $t$ is bidirectionalized when we obtain a backward transformation $t'$ so that the pair $(t,t')$ of transformations satisfies certain well-behavedness properties. Bidirectional model transformation is used to reflect the changes in the target model back to the source model, and vice versa. In this paper, as a first step toward realizing practical bidirectional model transformations, we present bidirectionalization of core part of the ATL by encoding it in the UnQL language, which is used as a transformation language in the GRoundTram system. We give the algorithm for the encoding, based on which we have implemented the system for bidirectionalizing the core ATL in OCaml language.