We propose a new hybrid I/O automaton model that is capable of describing both continuous and discrete behavior. The model, which extends the timed I/O automaton model of Lynch et al and the phase transition system models of Manna et al, allows communication among components using both shared variables and shared actions. The main contributions of this paper are: (1) the definition of hybrid I/O automata and of an implementation relation based on hybrid traces, (2) the definition of a simulation between hybrid I/O automata and a proof that existence of a simulation implies the implementation relation, (3) a definition of composition of hybrid I/O automata and a proof that it respects the implementation relation, and (4) a definition of receptiveness for hybrid I/O automata and a proof that, assuming certain compatibility conditions, receptiveness is preserved by composition.

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Lynch, N., Segala, R., Vaandrager, F., & Weinberg, H. B. (1995). Hybrid I/O automata. Department of Computer Science [CS]. CWI.