In this paper, we give a step by step introduction to the theory of well quasi-ordered transition systems. The framework combines two concepts, namely (i) transition systems which are monotonic wrt. a well-quasi ordering; and (ii) a scheme for symbolic backward reachability analysis. We describe several models with infinite-state spaces, which can be analyzed within the framework, e.g., Petri nets, lossy channel systems, timed automata, timed Petri nets, and multiset rewriting systems. We will also present better quasi-ordered transition systems which allow the design of efficient symbolic representations of infinite sets of states.
"Well (and better) quasi-ordered transition systems." Bull. Symbolic Logic 16 (4) 457 - 515, December 2010. https://doi.org/10.2178/bsl/1294171129