BLC Newsletter February 2009

BRITISH LOGIC COLLOQUIUM
Registered Charity No 275541

http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~exr/blc

President           Professor J M E Hyland [Cambridge]
Vice-President      Professor T Williamson FBA FRSE [Oxford]
Treasurer           Professor D Macpherson [Leeds]
Secretary           Dr N Alechina [Nottingham]
                    Dr U Berger [Swansea]
                    Dr E Ritter [Birmingham]
                    Dr G Wilmers [Manchester]

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(1) Leeds symposium on proof theory and constructivism, July 2009

(2) 16th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation
(WoLLIC 2009) - Japan, June 2009 (deadline approaching - 28 February)

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(1) Leeds symposium on proof theory and constructivism

A two week symposium on Proof Theory and Constructivism will be held in the Research Visitors' Centre of the School of Mathematics at Leeds, from 3rd July (arrival) to 16th July (departure) this year. It will comprise three connected events:

4th & 5th July: An LMS-funded conference on Proofs and Computations with speakers W. Buchholz (Munich), E.A. Cichon (Nancy), D. Normann (Oslo), W.W. Tait (Chicago), J.V. Tucker (Swansea), A. Weiermann (Ghent).

This meeting will be in honour of Stan Wainer on the occasion of his 65th birthday.


5th & 6th July: A Gentzen Centenary Conference funded by the Goedel
Society, celebrating 100 years since the birth of Gerhard Gentzen, the founder of structural proof theory. Speakers who have so far agreed to come are: M. Baaz (Vienna), G. Mints (Stanford), J. von Plato (Helsinki), G. Sundholm (Leiden).


7th - 16th July: An EPSRC-funded Research Workshop on Proof Theory and Constructivism. Though each day will begin with two plenary sessions, the emphasis will be on research activity within the areas: Ordinal Analysis, Proof Mining and Complexity, Constructive Foundations, and Constructive Methods in Mathematics. In addition to many of those aforementioned, the following have already indicated their intention to participate, and others (yet to be announced) are expected to come:

P.Aczel (Manchester), T. Arai (Kobe), A. Beckmann (Swansea), U. Berger (Swansea), D. Bridges (Christchurch), S. Buss (San Diego), A. Cantini (Florence), R. Constable (Cornell), T. Coquand (Gothenberg), H. Friedman (Columbus), N. Gambino (Leicester), M. Hyland (Cambridge), G. Jaeger (Bern), H. Ishihara (JAIST), U. Kohlenbach (Darmstadt), R. Lubarsky (Florida), G. Sambin (Padua), P. Schuster (Munich), A. Setzer (Swansea), T. Strahm (Bern), W. Tait (Chicago), S. Tupailo (Tallinn), A. Weiermann (Ghent).

Limited support is available for younger researchers, who are encouraged to attend.

Basic accommodation is available at modest cost, at Lyddon Hall on the Leeds University Campus close to the School of Mathematics.


For further information visit the web-site:  http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/~matptw/index.html 
or contact the organisers at: matptw@leeds.ac.uk


Organisers of the LMS meeting: Michael Rathjen and Laura Crosilla.

Organisers of the other events:  Michael Rathjen, Laura Crosilla, and Stan Wainer.

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(2)                              Call for Papers

        /*16th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation*/
                              (/*WoLLIC 2009*/)
                              Tokyo, Japan
                             June 21-24, 2009
          (SPECIAL: There will be a screening of George Csicsery's
               "N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos"
               http://zalafilms.com/films/nisanumber.html
               with kind permission of the film director)


   WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research
   involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural
   language and reasoning.  Each meeting includes invited talks and
   tutorials as well as contributed papers.

   The Sixteenth WoLLIC will be held at the National Institute of Informatics
   in Tokyo, Japan, from June 21 to 24, 2009. It is jointly sponsored by
   the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and
   Applied Logics (IGPL), the Association for Logic, Language and Information
   (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science
   (EATCS), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computacao (SBC), and the
   Sociedade Brasileira de Logica (SBL).

*SPECIAL EVENT*
   2009 will mark the 60-th anniversary of the publication of Paul Erdos'
   elementary proof of the Prime Number Theorem. WoLLIC will celebrate
   this by screening the documentary about Paul Erdos which was directed
   by George Csicsery "N is a number - A Portrait of Paul Erdos"
   http://zalafilms.com/films/nisanumber.html

*PAPER SUBMISSION*
   Contributions are invited on all pertinent subjects, with particular
   interest in cross-disciplinary topics.  Typical but not exclusive
   areas of interest are: foundations of computing and programming;
   novel computation models and paradigms; broad notions of proof and belief;
   formal methods in software and hardware development; logical approach to
   natural language and reasoning; logics of programs, actions and resources;
   foundational aspects of information organization, search, flow, sharing,
   and protection.
   Proposed contributions should be in English, and consist of a scholarly
   exposition accessible to the non-specialist, including motivation,
   background, and comparison with related works.
   They must not exceed 10 pages (in font 10 or higher), with up to
   5 additional pages for references and technical appendices.
   The paper's main results must not be published or submitted
   for publication in refereed venues, including journals and other
   scientific meetings.
   It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at the meeting by
   one of its authors.
   Papers must be submitted electronically at
   http://wollic.org/wollic2009/instructions.html
   A title and single-paragraph abstract should be submitted by
   February 28, and the full paper by March 8 (firm date).
   Notifications are expected by April 5, and final papers for
   the proceedings will be due by April 12 (firm date).

*PROCEEDINGS*
   The proceedings of WoLLIC 2009, including both invited and contributed
   papers, will be published in advance of the meeting as a volume in
   Springer's /Lecture Notes in Computer Science/ series (FoLLI-LNAI subseries).
   In addition, abstracts will be published in the Conference Report section
   of the /Logic Journal of the IGPL/, and selected contributions will
   be published as a special post-conference WoLLIC 2009 issue of Fundamenta Informaticae.

*INVITED SPEAKERS*
   Arnold Beckmann  (Swansea U, UK)
   Carlos Caleiro  (UT Lisbon, Portugal)
   Thomas Eiter  (Tech U Wien, Austria)
   Sylvain Salvati (INRIA, France)
   Taisuke Sato  (Tokyo Inst Tech, Japan)
   Michiel van Lambalgen  (U Amsterdam, NL)
   Frank Wolter  (U Liverpool, UK)

*STUDENT GRANTS*
   ASL sponsorship of WoLLIC 2009 will permit ASL student members to
   apply for a modest travel grant (deadline: April 1, 2009).
   See http://www.aslonline.org/studenttravelawards.html for details.

*IMPORTANT DATES*
   February 28, 2009: Paper title and abstract deadline
   March 8, 2009: Full paper deadline (firm)
   April 5, 2009: Author notification
   April 12, 2009: Final version deadline (firm)
*PROGRAM COMMITTEE*
   Toshiyasu Arai  (Kobe U, Japan)
   Matthias Baaz  (Tech U Wien)
   Alexandru Baltag  (Oxford U)
   Josep Maria Font  (U Barcelona)
   Silvio Ghilardi  (U Milano)
   Katsumi Inoue  (Nat Inst of Informatics, Japan)
   Marcus Kracht  (U Bielefeld)
   Hiroakira Ono  (JAIST, Japan) (Chair)
   Masanao Ozawa  (Nagoya U)
   John Slaney  (Australian Nat U)
   Mark Steedman  (Edinburgh U)
   Hans Tompits  (Tech U Wien)

*ORGANISING COMMITTEE*
   Makoto Kanazawa  (Nat Inst of Informatics, Japan, co-chair)
   Anjolina de Oliveira  (U Fed Pernambuco, Brazil)
   Ruy de Queiroz  (U Fed Pernambuco, Brazil, co-chair)
   Ken Satoh  (Nat Inst of Informatics, Japan)

*STEERING COMMITTEE*
   Samson Abramsky , Johan van Benthem , Joe Halpern , Wilfrid Hodges ,
   Daniel Leivant , Angus Macintyre , Grigori Mints , Ruy de Queiroz 

*WEB PAGE*
   wollic.org/wollic2009/ 


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