[Past issues of the newsletter are available at http://www.bell-labs.com/topic/conferences/lics/ The following item was inadvertently left out when the newsletter was sent to the mailing list: CAV'98 Tutorials on Formal Verification June 28, 1998, preceding the CAV'98 conference University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada * Tutorials. Model Checking for Beginners: A Tutorial Introduction to Finite-State Verification (Bob Kurshan, Ken McMillan); Synchronous Programming of Reactive Systems (Nicolas Halbwachs); Ten Years of Partial Order Reduction (Doron Peled). * These tutorials are included in the conference registration fee. For more information, see the URL above. Below is the newsletter that was sent to the mailing list: BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT Programming with Constraints: an Introduction Kim Marriott and Peter J. Stuckey MIT Press, Cambridge, U.S.A. 1998 ISBN: 0-262-13341-5 * The job of the constraint programmer is to use mathematical constraints to model real world constraints and objects. This book, provides the first comprehensive introduction to the discipline of constraint programming and, in particular, constraint logic programming. The book covers the necessary background material from artificial intelligence, logic programming, operations research, and mathematical programming. Topics discussed range from constraint-solving techniques to programming methodologies for constraint programming languages. Because there is not yet a universally used syntax for constraint logic programming languages, the authors present the programs in a way that is independent of any existing programming language. Practical exercises cover how to use the book with a number of existing constraint languages. * Ordering information: see http://mitpress.mit.edu/book-home.tcl?isbn=0262133415 * Course material is available for use with the book at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~pjs/book/course.html WORKSHOP ON APPLICATIONS OF CATEGORY THEORY TO COMPUTER SCIENCE June 8-12, 1998 Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada * In conjunction with the Category Theory Session at the Canadian Mathematical Society's Summer 1998 Meeting, there will be a workshop on the Applications of Category Theory to Computer Science, directed towards graduate students and young researchers. On the evening of Friday June 12 the Workshop participants will receive free transportation to Saint John, New Brunswick, site of the aforementioned Category Theory Symposium. * Invited instructors. M. Barr (McGill) and R.F.C. Walters (Sydney). * Registration. There will be a registration fee of $50 for the workshop. To preregister send e-mail to email@example.com. BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT Natural Dualities for the Working Algebraist David M. Clark and Brian A. Davey Cambridge University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-521-45415-8 * The theory of natural dualities, as presented in this text, is broad enough to encompass many known dualities through a rich assortment of substantive theorems, yet concrete enough to be used to generate an array of previously undiscovered dualities. This text will serve as a user manual for algebraists, for category theorists and for those who use algebra in their work, particularly mathematicians and computer scientists interested in non-classical logics. It will also give the specialist a complete account of the foundations, leading to the research frontier of this rapidly developing field. As the first text devoted to the theory of Natural Dualities, it provides an efficient path through a large body of results, examples and applications in this subject which is otherwise available only in scattered research papers. To enable the book to be used in courses, each chapter ends with an extensive exercise set. Several fundamental unsolved problems are included. * Chapter Contents. 1. Dual adjunctions and where to find them; 2. Natural dualities; 3. Strong dualities; 4. Examples of strong dualities; 5. Sample applications; 6. What makes a duality useful? 7. Piggyback dualities; 8. Optimal dualities and entailment; 9. Completeness theorems for entailment; 10. Dualisable algebras; Appendix A. Algebras; Appendix B. Boolean spaces; Bibliography; Notation index; Index. * Detailed Contents and the Preface may be found at http://www.mcs.newpaltz.edu/~clark The Publisher may be contacted at http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk/ [Outside North America] http://www.cup.org/ [Within North America] WORKSHOP ON FORMAL TECHNIQUES FOR HARDWARE AND HARDWARE-LIKE SYSTEMS June 19, 1998, Marstrand, Sweden in conjunction with MPC '98, WGP '98, and CMPP '98 * The workshop focusses on formal techniques for the design and analysis of hardware and reactive systems. In recent years, formal techniques have taken the step from the research laboratory to industrial use. The available methods and tools are advancing rapidly and are being applied to increasingly complex case studies. This workshop aims to present the state of the art in this exciting area. The scope of the workshop is broad, ranging from theoretical underpinnings to real industrial applications. We aim to bring together developers and users of formal techniques. Topics include formal approaches to modelling, specification, verification, deductive design, of hardware and reactive systems. * Further information. See the URL above. IFIP WORKING CONFERENCE ON PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS AND METHODS (PROCOMET '98) June 8-12, 1998 Shelter Island, New York Call for participation * See the above URL for further details. THE 1998 ACM SIGPLAN WORKSHOP ON ML Call for Papers September 26, 1998, Mt. Washington Conference Center To be held in conjunction with ICFP'98 * Topics. all ML-related topics including (but not limited to): applications, extensions: objects, classes, concurrency; type systems: inference, modules, specification, error reporting; implementation: compilers, interpreters, partial evaluators, garbage collectors; environments: libraries, tools, editors, debuggers; semantics. * Submission. Technical summaries, in English and not to exceed 5000 words (approximately 10 pages), should be submitted to the program chair by Friday, July 10, 1998. To submit, authors should complete the following two steps by the submission deadline. 1. Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the title, authors' contact information, and an abstract (not to exceed 200 words) in ASCII. 2. Send the technical summary itself. The summary may be sent either electronically to email@example.com or via post. See the web page for further details. * Program Committee. Dave Berry, Mark Lillibridge, Greg Morrisett (chair), John Reppy, Francois Rouaix, Peter Sestoft, Mads Tofte. * Further info. Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. TWO SENIOR LECTURER POSITIONS IN COMPUTING SCIENCE Computing Science Department, Uppsala University, Sweden. * Applications are invited for two new senior lecturerships in computing science at the Faculty of Science and Technology. To be eligible for a lecturership, a candidate must hold a doctoral degree and possess pedagogical skill. * The applications should be directed to the Vice Chancellor, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. Telefax +46 18 4712000. Closing date: 25 May 1998. If an application is sent by fax, the original should follow as soon as possible. * For further information, please contact Roland Bol (email@example.com), phone + 46 18 4717606, fax +46 18 511925. 5th INTERNATIONAL AMAST WORKSHOP ON REAL-TIME AND PROBABILISTIC SYSTEMS May 26 - 28, 1999, Bamberg, Germany Call for papers * Topics. Aspects of real-time and probabilistic systems for the workshop include (but are not limited to): Compositional construction and verification techniques; Automatic and machine-supported verification; Case studies; Formal methods for performance analysis; Semantics; Algorithms and tools; Hybrid systems. * Submission. Submit a paper not exceeding 6000 words, preferably by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, before October 30, 1998. * Program Committee. Rajeev Alur, Jos Baeten, Christel Baier, Miquel Bertran, Antonio Cerone, Rance Cleaveland, Jim Davies, Colin Fidge, David de Frutos, Hubert Garavel, Constance Heitmeyer, Tom Henzinger, Jane Hillston, Joost-Pieter Katoen, Rom Langerak, Kim G. Larsen, Diego Latella, Jonathan Ostroff, Steve Schneider, Roberto Segala, Walter Vogler. WORKSHOP ON FORMAL DESIGN OF SAFETY CRITICAL EMBEDDED SYSTEMS (FEmSys '99) March, 15th - 17th, 1999, Munich, Germany First announcement * Topics. Hybrid modelling & simulation; Objectorientation and reactive programming; Synchronous Programming; Distribution of Reactive Programs; Modelchecking; Tool certification and code validation; * Tutorial speakers. A. Benveniste, R. Budde, E. Clarke, L. Feijs, N. Halbwachs, D. Harel, K. MuellerGlaser, A. Pnueli. * Submission. Any company or university willing to demonstrate a tool relevant to the scope of FEmSys, should send a 3-5 pages abstract describing the tool. The abstract should be sent, or preferrably mailed in Latex or postscript format before September 30th, 1998, to Albert Benveniste, IRISA, Campus de Beaulieu, F 35042 Rennes cedex, France, e-mail: Albert.Benveniste@inria.fr. * Further information. Contact Axel Poigne, GMD - Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, D-53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany, email@example.com. WORKSHOP ON PROOF THEORY AND COMPLEXITY August 3-7, 1998 BRICS, University of Aarhus, Denmark Call for participation * Program Committee. C. Butz, S. Cook, U. Kohlenbach, J. Krajicek, G. Mints, S. Riis, H. Schwichtenberg and A.S. Troelstra. * Confirmed speakers. N. Arai, J. Avigad, A. Beckmann, S. Bellantoni, M. L. Bonet, W. Burr, H. de Nivelle, R. Dyckhoff, S. Feferman, A. Hendriks, M. Hofmann, J. Hudelmaier, M. Hyland, J. Johannsen, D. Leivant, G. Mints, I. Moerdijk, V. Orevkov, C. Pollett, A. A. Razborov, H. Schwichtenberg, D. Scott, T. Strahm, G. Takeuti, L. Trevisan, J. van Oosten, ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT SYMPOSIUM ON PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES (POPL99) San Antonio, Texas, January 20-22, 1999 * Topics. The 26th symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL99) will address fundamental principles and important innovations and accomplishments in the design, definition, analysis, and implementation of programming languages, programming systems, and programming interfaces. Both practical and theoretical papers on principles and innovations are welcome, including both frameworks for them and reports on experiences with their use. Papers on a diversity of topics are welcomed, particularly ones that point out new directions. POPL98 is not limited to topics discussed in previous symposia or to formal approaches. In particular, papers integrating new principles into mainstream programming languages or widely used systems are encouraged. Authors concerned about the appropriateness of a topic may communicate by electronic mail with the program chair prior to submission. * Submission. Submissions consist of a 100-200 word ASCII abstract and a 5000 words summary. Submissions must be either electronic (encouraged) or postal (discouraged). For electronic submissions, a mail message with the title and ASCII abstract must be received by 6:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Friday, July 17, 1998. Send the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers must be received by 6:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Friday, July 24, 1998. Send a single message to email@example.com. The message should contain both the previously submitted title (in ASCII) and the summary, which must be Postscript that is interpretable by Ghostscript. * Program Chair. Alex Aiken (University of California, Berkeley) * Program Committee. Martin Abadi, Laurie Hendren, Urs Holzle, Trevor Jim, Mark Jones, Simon Peyton Jones, Hanne Riis Nielson, Benjamin Pierce, Todd Proebsting, Didier Remy, Jon Riecke, Martin Rinard, Scott Smolka, Mads Tofte.