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- SIGLOG MATTERS
- COVID UPDATES
- JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
|LAMAS&SR:||Feb 10, 2021 (Paper)|
|ICALP 2021:||Feb 12, 2021 (Paper)|
|FSDC 2021:||Feb 12, 2021 (Abstracts), Feb 15, 2021 (Full papers)|
|QPL 2021:||Feb 12, 2021 (Paper deadline)|
|CADE-28:||Feb 15, 2021 (Abstracts), Feb 22, 2021 (Full papers)|
|J. LOG. COMPUT (Social Networks):||Feb 15, 2021 (Extended (again))|
|SPIN 2021:||Mar 1, 2021 (Paper)|
|Alonzo Church Award:||Mar 1, 2021 (Deadline for Nominations)|
|TARK 2021:||Mar 15, 2021 (Abstract), Mar 20, 2021 (Extended abstract)|
|NALOMA'21:||Mar 26, 2021 (Papers & extended abstracts)|
|Diagrams 2021:||Apr 01, 2021 (Titles+short abstracts), Apr 08, 2021 (Long and Short Papers), Apr 15, 2021 (Abstracts and Posters)|
|FORMATS 2021:||Apr 06, 2021 (Abstract), Apr 13, 2021 (Paper)|
|E. W. Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2021:||Apr 15, 2021 (Deadline for nominations)|
|MFCS 2021:||Apr 30, 2021 (Abstract), May 03, 2021 (Paper)|
An annual award, called the Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation, was established in 2015 by the ACM Special Interest Group for Logic and Computation (SIGLOG), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), and the Kurt Gödel Society (KGS). The award is for an outstanding contribution represented by a paper or by a small group of papers published within the past 25 years. This time span allows the lasting impact and depth of the contribution to have been established. The award can be given to an individual, or to a group of individuals who have collaborated on the research. For the rules governing this award, see https://siglog.org/alonzo-church-award/, https://www.eatcs.org/index.php/church-award/, and https://eacsl.org/.
The 2020 Alonzo Church Award was given jointly to Ronald Fagin, Phokion G. Kolaitis, Renée J. Miller, Lucian Popa, and Wang Chiew Tan for their ground-breaking work on laying the logical foundations for data exchange. Lists containing this and all previous winners can be found through the links above.
- ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATIONS
The contribution must have appeared in a paper or papers published within the past 25 years. Thus, for the 2021 award, the cut-off date is January 1, 1996. When a paper has appeared in a conference and then in a journal, the date of the journal publication will determine the cut-off date. In addition, the contribution must not yet have received recognition via a major award, such as the Turing Award, the Kanellakis Award, or the Gödel Prize. (The nominee(s) may have received such awards for other contributions.) While the contribution can consist of conference or journal papers, journal papers will be given a preference.
Nominations for the 2021 award are now being solicited. The nominating letter must summarize the contribution and make the case that it is fundamental and outstanding. The nominating letter can have multiple co-signers. Self-nominations are excluded. Nominations must include: a proposed citation (up to 25 words); a succinct (100-250 words) description of the contribution; and a detailed statement (not exceeding four pages) to justify the nomination. Nominations may also be accompanied by supporting letters and other evidence of worthiness.
Nominations should be submitted to email@example.com by March 1, 2021.
- PRESENTATION OF THE AWARD
The 2021 award will be presented at the ACM SIGLOG/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, LICS 2021, which is scheduled to take place in Rome in June/July 2021. The award will be accompanied by an invited lecture by the award winner, or by one of the award winners. The awardee(s) will receive a certificate and a cash prize of USD 2,000. If there are multiple awardees, this amount will be shared.
- AWARD COMMITTEE
The 2021 Alonzo Church Award Committee consists of the following five members: Mariangiola Dezani, Thomas Eiter, Javier Esparza (chair), Radha Jagadeesan, and Igor Walukiewicz.
- ICALP 2021 will be online only.
- The mission of the TARK conferences is to bring together researchers from a wide variety of fields, including Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Game Theory, Decision Theory, Philosophy, Logic, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science, in order to further our understanding of interdisciplinary issues involving reasoning about rationality and knowledge. Previous conferences have been held bi-annually around the world. The information of all previous TARK conferences can be accessed at http://www.tark.org
- TOPICS OF INTEREST
Topics include, but are not limited to, semantic models for knowledge, belief, awareness and uncertainty, bounded rationality and resource-bounded reasoning, commonsense epistemic reasoning, epistemic logic, epistemic game theory, knowledge and action, applications of reasoning about knowledge and other mental states, belief revision, and foundations of multi-agent systems.
Strong preference will be given to papers whose topic is of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, and papers should be accessible to such an audience. Papers will be held to the usual high standards of research publications. In particular, they should:
- contain enough information to enable the program committee to identify the main contribution of the work;
- explain the significance of the work -- its novelty and its practical or theoretical implications; and
- include comparisons with and references to relevant literature.
One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the paper at the conference. Abstracts should be no longer than 10 pages. Optional technical details such as proofs may be included in an appendix. Note that the 10 page limit is to ensure that the reviewers can read and express an opinion on the submission within short time, though the submission format compresses the paper considerably. Please ensure that the main text for the reviewers stays within this limit.
To format your paper please use: LaTeX2e - Tighter Alternate style from http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates without anonymisation (not double-blind).
There will be a proceedings for TARK 2021, at EPTCS (Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science). The proceedings of previous TARK conferences can be accessed at http://www.tark.org/ . The proceedings of TARK 2021 will also be open access and available online.
- IMPORTANT DATES:
Abstract submission: Mar 15, 2021 Extended abstract submission: Mar 20, 2021 Notification of acceptance: Apr 20, 2021 Early registration: May 01, 2021 Camera ready version for proceedings: May 10, 2021 Registration: Jun 15, 2021
- After the successful completion of NALOMA'20 (NAtural LOgic Meets MAchine Learning), NALOMA’21 seeks to continue the series and attract exciting contributions. The workshop aims to bridge the gap between ML/DL and symbolic/logic-based approaches to NLI, and it is perhaps the only workshop organized to do so. It will take place from June 14-June 18, 2021, during the International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2021) organized by the University of Groningen but taking place fully online due to the pandemic.
NALOMA'21 is set out to address two main issues of the NLI community. First, the approaches and systems currently used to address NLI are too one-dimensional, and no fruitful dialog between them is promoted. One strand of research focuses on training large DL models that can achieve what has been identified as "human performance". With the world-knowledge that is encapsulated in such models and their robust nature, such approaches can deal with diverse and large data in an efficient way. However, it has been repeatedly shown that such models lack generalization power and are far from solving NLI. When presented with differently biased data or with complex inferences containing hard linguistic phenomena, they struggle to reach the baseline. Explicitly detecting and solving these weaknesses is only partly possible, e.g., through appropriate datasets, because such models act like black-boxes with low explainability. Another strand of research targets more traditional approaches to reasoning, employing some kind of logic or semantic formalism. Such approaches excel in precision, especially of complex inferences with hard linguistic phenomena, e.g., negation, quantifiers, modals, etc. However, they suffer from inadequate world-knowledge and lower robustness, making it hard for them to compete with the state-of-the-art models. Overall, current methods to NLI are too one-dimensional: they are either purely DL or purely symbolic but do not attempt to combine the two worlds. A second issue concerns datasets. Existing NLI datasets are either complex enough but too small to be used for proper learning, e.g., the FraCas or the RTE datasets, or large enough but too easy to be claimed to represent human inference, e.g., SICK, SNLI, MNLI, etc.
The workshop invites submissions on any (theoretical or computational) topic concerning NLI, including but not limited to:
- hybrid NLI systems integrating symbolic/logic-based methods with ML/DL approaches (particularly, approaches combining Natural Logic with ML/DL)
- explainable models of NLI
- opening the "black box" of NLI models
- probabilistic semantics for NLI
- downstream applications of NLI
- creation, evaluation, and criticism of NLI datasets,
- theoretical notions and refinement of the NLI task to address inherent disagreements
- comparison and contrast between human-level and machine-level work in NLI
- using symbolic/logic-based methods for data cleaning and augmentation
- NLI for other languages than English
- Archival (long or short) papers should report on complete, original and unpublished research. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and appear in the ACL anthology.
- Extended abstracts may report on work in progress or work that was recently published/accepted at a different venue. Extended abstracts will not be included in the workshop proceedings. Thus, the unpublished work will retain the status and can be submitted to another venue. This webpage will link to the accepted extended abstracts.
Authors must submit non-anonymized extended abstracts or papers by March 26. Both extended abstracts and papers must be formatted according to the IWCS guidelines (available soon). The extended abstracts should not contain an abstract section and may consist of up to 2 pages of content, plus unlimited references. Short and long papers may consist of up to 4 and 8 pages of content, respectively, plus unlimited references. Camera-ready versions of papers will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.
Both extended abstracts and follow-up papers should be submitted via SoftConf (link will be available soon on the conference website).
Papers & extended abstracts submission: Mar 26, 2021 Workshop Dates: Jun 14-18, 2021
- For further information, including the program committee and invited speakers, please see https://typo.uni-konstanz.de/naloma21/
- Diagrams is the only conference series that provides a united forum for all areas that are concerned with the study of diagrams and has a multidisciplinary emphasis.
- FREE REGISTRATION
- Proceedings published by Springer
- Three Tracks: Main, Philosophy, and Psychology and Education.
- Graduate Symposium
- Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards
- Submission dates in April 2021.
- applications of diagrams,
- computational models of reasoning with, and interpretation of, diagrams,
- design of diagrammatic notations,
- diagram understanding by humans or machines,
- diagram aesthetics and layout, evaluation of diagrammatic notations,
- graphical communication and literacy,
- heterogeneous notations involving diagrams,
- history of diagrammatic notations,
- information visualization using diagrams,
- nature of diagrams and diagramming,
- novel technologies for diagram use,
- reasoning with diagrams,
- semiotics of diagrams,
- software to support the use of diagrams, and
- usability and human-computer interaction issues concerning diagrams.
- In addition to the main track, Diagrams 2021 will have two further tracks: Philosophy, and Psychology and Education; for their topics of interest, see the website. If the main research contribution of your submission is considered to fit either of the other tracks then you are strongly encouraged to submit to the respective special track, each of which has a dedicated program committee.
- Authors of accepted submissions will be expected to be in attendance at the virtual conference to present their research and respond to questions presented by delegates.
- Submission Categories
The conference will include presentations of refereed Papers, Abstracts, and Posters, alongside a graduate symposium. We invite submissions for peer review that focus on any aspect of diagrams research, as follows:
- Long Papers (16 pages),
- Abstracts (3 pages),
- Short Papers (8 pages),
- Posters (4 pages – this is both a maximum and minimum requirement).
- Call for Graduate Symposium: http://www.diagrams-conference.org/2021/index.php/calls/graduate-symposium/
- Call for tutorials: http://www.diagrams-conference.org/2021/index.php/calls/tutorials/
Titles+short abstracts: Apr 01, 2021 Long and Short Papers: Apr 08, 2021 Abstracts and Posters: Apr 15, 2021 Rebuttal phase: Jun 3 – 7, 2021 Notification: Jun 16, 2021 Camera ready deadline (FIRM): Jul 05, 2021
- Since 2002, the Association for Logic, Language, and Information (FoLLI) has been awarding the annual E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding Ph.D. dissertations in Logic, Language, and Information (http://www.folli.info/?page_id=74), with financial support of the E.W. Beth Foundation (https://www.knaw.nl/en/awards/funds/evert-willem-beth-stichting/evert-willem-beth-foundation). Nominations are now invited for the best dissertation in these areas resulting in a Ph.D. degree awarded in 2020.
Deadline for nominations: Apr 15, 2021
- A Ph.D. dissertation on a topic concerning Logic, Language, or Information is eligible for the Beth Dissertation Prize 2021, if the degree was awarded between January 1st and December 31st, 2020.
- There are no restrictions on the nationality, ethnicity, age, gender or employment status of the author of the nominated dissertation, nor on the university, academic department or scientific institution formally conferring the Ph.D. degree, nor on the language in which the dissertation has originally been written.
- In accordance with the aim of the Beth Foundation to continue and extend the work of the Dutch logician Evert Willem Beth, nominations are invited of excellent dissertations on topics in the broad remit of ESSLLI, including current topics in philosophical and mathematical logic, computer science logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, history of logic, history of the philosophy of science and scientific philosophy in general, as well as the current theoretical and foundational developments in information and computation, language, and cognition. Dissertations with results more broadly impacting various research areas in their interdisciplinary investigations are especially solicited.
- If a nominated dissertation has originally been written in a language other than English, its dossier should still contain the required 10 page English abstract, see below. If the committee decides that a nominated dissertation in a language other than English requires translation to English for proper evaluation, the committee can transfer its nomination to the competition in 2022. The English translation must in such cases be submitted before the deadline of the call for nominations in 2022. The committee may recommend the Beth Foundation to consider supporting such nominated dissertations for English translation, upon request by the author of the dissertation.
- The prize consists of:
- a certificate
- a donation of 3000 euros, provided by the E.W. Beth Foundation
- an invitation to submit the dissertation, possibly after revision, for publication in FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information (Springer).
- Only digital submissions are accepted, without exception. Hard copy submissions are not allowed. The following documents are to be submitted in the nomination dossier:
- The original dissertation in pdf format (ps/doc/rtf etc. not acceptable).
- A ten-page English abstract of the dissertation, presenting the main results of each chapter.
- A letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor, which concisely describes the scope and significance of the dissertation, stating when the degree was officially awarded and the members of the Ph.D. committee. Nominations should contain the address, phone and email details of the nominator.
- Two additional letters of support, including at least one from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the Ph.D. degree, nor otherwise related to the nominee (e.g. former teachers, supervisors, co-authors, publishers or relatives) or the dissertation.
- Self-nominations are not possible.
- The prize will be awarded by the chair of the FoLLI board at a ceremony during the 32nd ESSLLI summer school in Utrecht, August 2-13, 2021.
- FoLLI is committed to diversity and inclusion and we welcomes dissertations from all under-represented groups
- The MFCS conference series has been organised since 1972. Traditionally, the conference moved between the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, while since 2013, the conference travels around Europe. In 2021, it will come to Tallinn, Estonia. MFCS is a high quality venue for original research in all branches of theoretical computer science.
- SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Papers should be submitted electronically through EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mfcs2021
Submissions must be formatted using the LIPIcs style with length not exceeding 12 pages (excluding references and an optional appendix - to be consulted at the discretion of the program committee).
No prior publication or simultaneous submission to other conferences or journals are allowed (except preprint repositories such as arXiv or workshops without formal published proceedings).
MFCS 2021 proceedings will be published in LIPIcs (Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics) under an open source license (as in previous years).
- LIST OF TOPICS
We encourage submission of original research papers in all areas of theoretical computer science, including (but not limited to) the following:
- algebraic and co-algebraic methods in computer science
- algorithms and data structures
- automata and formal languages
- combinatorics on words, trees, and other structures
- computational complexity (structural and model related)
- computational geometry
- computer aided verification
- computerassisted reasoning
- concurrency theory
- cryptography and security
- cyber physical systems, databases and knowledgebased systems
- formal specifications and program development
- foundations of computing
- logics in computer science
- mobile computing
- models of computation
- parallel and distributed computing
- quantum computing
- semantics and verification of programs
- theoretical issues in artificial intelligence and machine learning
- types in computer science
- IMPORTANT DATES (AoE)
Abstract submission: Apr 30, 2021 Paper submission: May 03, 2021 Notification: Jun 21, 2021 Conference: Aug 23-27, 2021
- The Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, together with
University College, Oxford, seek to appoint an associate professor/professor in programming languages, with a tutorial fellowship at University College. The post is based in the Department of Computer Science and University College, to start before October 2021. You will also be appointed as a Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science at University College. Tutors are responsible for the organisation and teaching of their subject within the College. You will be a member of both the University and the College community, part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community with access to the excellent research facilities which Oxford offers. You will play a role in the running of the College as a member of the Governing Body and a trustee of the College as a charity, and have opportunities to interact with academics in other disciplines as part of Oxford's unique collegiate system. The Department is a vibrant and growing academic department, which has a research profile across the entire spectrum of contemporary computing. You will be expected to engage in independent and original research in the area of programming languages, securing funding and engaging in the management of research projects, and disseminate research of the highest international standard through publications, conferences and seminars. You will also contribute to teaching on the Department's highly successful undergraduate and graduate programmes.
You will hold a doctoral degree in Computer Science (or cognate discipline), have the ability to teach across a range of Computer Science subjects, and will also have a proven research record of high quality at international level in the area of Programming Languages, and experience of research collaborations at both national and international level.
From: £48,114 p.a. (plus benefits including additional pensionable benefits including college housing allowance of 11,246 p.a. at current rates, or access to joint equity scheme, and private health insurance scheme). (An allowance of £2,804 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title).
- Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 15th February 2021
- Interviews are expected to be held on 22nd March 2021
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