[Past issues of the newsletter are available at http://logik.mathematik.uni-freiburg.de/lics/newsletters/ http://www.math.uic.edu/lics/newsletters/] ************************* REMINDER ************************* The submission deadline for LICS 2001 is January 8, 2001. ************************************************************ TABLE OF CONTENTS * Calls for Papers Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK VIII) Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LPNMR'01) German/Austrian Conference on Artificial Intelligence Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME'01) Inconsistency in Data and Knowledge * Call for Participation International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT'01) * Conference Announcement Algebraic Topological Methods in Computer Science * Book Announcement Introduction to Model Theory by Philipp Rothmaler * Position Announcements Research Assistant at Aachen 2 PhD sholarships at Bern Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow at Sydney CONFERENCE ON THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF RATIONALITY AND KNOWLEDGE (TARK VIII) Call for papers The Certosa di Pontignano, University of Siena, Italy July 8-10, 2001, http://www.tark.org/ * About the Conference: The bi-annual TARK conferences bring together researchers from a wide variety of fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Distributed Computing, Economics, Game Theory, Linguistics, Logic, Philosophy, and Psychology -- to further our understanding of interdisciplinary issues involving reasoning about rationality and knowledge. * Submission Instructions: Please submit a detailed electronic abstract (not a full paper) firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please send 14 14 copies by ordinary mail to TARK 2001, c/o Ms. Ingrid van Loon, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam Plantage Muidergracht 24,1018 TV AMSTERDAM The Netherlands, 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. * Submission deadline: February 14, 2001. * Program Committee: Johan van Benthem (chair, Amsterdam and Stanford, email@example.com), Samson Abramsky (Computer Science, Edinburgh), Giacomo Bonanno (Economics, UC Davis), Nicola Dimitri (Economics, Siena), Joseph Halpern (Computer Science, Cornell), Wiebe van der Hoek (Computer Science, Utrecht), Angelika Kratzer (Linguistics, Amherst), Bart Lipman (Economics, Madison), Hans Rott (Philosophy, Regensburg), Ariel Rubinstein (Economics, Tel Aviv and Princeton), Gabriel Sandu (Philosophy, Helsinki), Yoav Shoham (Computer Science, Stanford), Tuomas Sandholm (Computer Science, Washington U., S. Louis) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LOGIC PROGRAMMING AND NONMONOTONIC REASONING (LPNMR'01) Call for Papers Vienna, Austria, September 17 - 19, 2001 http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/lpnmr01/ * Theme. The aim of the conference is to facilitate interactions between researchers interested in the design and implementation of logic based programming languages and database systems, and researchers who work in the areas of knowledge representation and non-monotonic reasoning. LPNMR strives to encompass these theoretical and exprimental studies that lead to the construction of practical systems for declarative programming and knowledge representation. * Submission. Max. 13 pages in Springer LNCS style. An electronic paper management system will be used. Details on the webpage. * Submission Deadline. April 3, 2001 * Invited Speakers. J. Dix, Ph. Kolaitis, M. Lenzerini, Ch. Sakama * Program Co-Chairs. Th. Eiter, M. Truszczynski * Program Committee. A. Bochman, P. Bonatti, G. Brewka, J. Delgrande, M. Denecker, N. Foo, M. Gelfond, K. Inoue, A. Kakas, N. Leone, V. Lifschitz, F. Lin, V. Marek, Zh. Ming-Yi, I. Niemela, L. M. Pereira, M. Schaerf, T. Schaub, F. Toni, L.-Y. Yuan JOINT GERMAN/AUSTRIAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Call for Papers and Workshops Vienna, Austria, September 19-21, 2001 http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/KI2001/ * Theme. The conference seeks original research and application papers and workshop proposals in ALL areas of Artificial Intelligence. * Paper Submission. Max. 15 pages in Springer LNCS style. Further details will be published on the webpage. * Paper Submission Deadline. April 9, 2001 * Workshop Proposal Submissions. Max. 3 pages of ASCII text mailed to the workshop chair by January 29, 2001. * Invited Speakers. H. Kamp, M. Kearns, R. Reiter, V.S. Subrahmanian * General Chairs. G. Brewka, Th. Eiter * Program Chair. F. Baader * Workshop Chair. J. Dorn * Industrial Chairs. G. Friedrich, K. Sundermeyer * Program Committee. P. Cunningham, J. Dix, J. Dorn, D. Dubois, M. Fisher, G. Friedrich, F. Giunchiglia, H.-M. Gross, A. Gunter, U. Hahn, T. Jebelean, J. Koehler, M. Kohlhase, R. Kruse, M. Lenzerini, S. Miksch, B. Neumann, M. Richter, R. Rojas, F. Rossi, U. Sattler, J. Siekmann, P. Struss, M. Thielscher, S. Thrun, A. Voronkov, W. Wahlster, G. Widmer, S. Wrobel INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TEMPORAL REPRESENTATION AND REASONING (TIME-01) Call for Papers June 14-16, 2001 Cividale del Friuli, Italy http://tizero.usr.dsi.unimi.it/~time-01/ * The purpose of this symposium is to bring together active researchers in different research areas involving time representation and reasoning. Research papers on the related topic of spatial and spatio-temporal representation and reasoning are also welcome. Traditionally, most contributions came from the Artificial Intelligence community, but the number of contributions from other areas such as Temporal/Spatial Databases and Temporal Logics has been increasing in the last years. We especially encourage submissions from these areas in order to achieve a multi-disciplinary perspective of the topic and to benefit from cross-fertilization of ideas. * The symposium is planned as a three days event, and it will be conducted as a combination of paper presentations, an extended poster session, a panel session and two invited talks. * There are three tracks in the Symposium with separate program committees. Track1: Temporal Representation and Reasoning in AI Track 2: Time Management in Databases Track 3: Temporal Logic in Computer Science * Important Dates: Paper Submission Deadline: February 2, 2001 Notification of Acceptance: April 2, 2001 Camera Ready Copy Due: April 15, 2001 * General Chair: Johan van Benthem, University of Amsterdam and Stanford University Program Committee Chairs: Claudio Bettini, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy Angelo Montanari, Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Italy Local Organization Chair: Carlo Combi, Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Italy WORKSHOP ON INCONSISTENCY IN DATA AND KNOWLEDGE Affilliated with IJCAI'01 Call for Papers Seattle, August 6th, 2001 http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~chomicki/inconsistency01.html * Theme: The problem of reasoning in the presence of inconsistency has been studied by the mathematical logic community for some decades. Nevertheless, new challenges, problems and issues have appeared in the context of knowledge representation in AI, database systems, formal specifications and other areas of computer science. The main goal of this workshop is to identify new inconsistency-related problems of conceptual and practical significance, and the ways they are handled in different contexts. The workshop is expected to bring together people from different research communities (knowledge representation, databases, formal specifications, mathematical and philosophical logic) that are actively pursuing the issue of inconsistency. - Inconsistency handling: prevention, detection, resolution - Causes of inconsistency - Reasoning in the presence of inconsistency - Inconsistency in non-classical logics and argumentation systems - Inconsistency in databases - Integrity Constraints - Information fusion - Data reconciliation and cleaning - Inconsistency and belief revision/update - Action conflicts and their resolution - Inconsistency in formal specifications - Implementation issues * Submission deadline: March 08, 2001. * Organizing Committee: Leo Bertossi (Universidad Catolica de Chile, firstname.lastname@example.org) (co-chair), Philippe Besnard (Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, email@example.com), Jan Chomicki (SUNY at Buffalo, firstname.lastname@example.org) (co-chair), Anthony Hunter (University College London, email@example.com). * Program Committee: Diderik Batens (U. Gent, Belgium), Leo Bertossi (U. Catolica de Chile), Philippe Besnard (Universite Paul Sabatier, France), Laurence Cholvy (U. Toulouse, France), Jan Chomicki (University at Buffalo, USA), Anthony Hunter (University College London, England), Michael Kifer (SUNY Stony Brook, USA), Jorge Lobo (Bell Labs., USA), Alberto Mendelzon (U. Toronto, Canada), Stuart Shapiro (University at Buffalo, USA), Francesca Toni (Imperial College London, England), Mary-Anne Williams (U. Newcastle, Australia), Roel Wieringa (U. Twente, Netherlands) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DATABASE THEORY (ICDT'01) Call for Participation http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/icdt2001 * The 8th International Conference on Database Theory will be held from 4 to 6 January, 2001, at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. In addition to invited talks by Andrei Broder, Leonid Libkin and Philip Wadler, 26 technical papers will be presented. * See the webpage for more information, where also registration and accommodation information will soon be provided. CONFERENCE ON ALGEBRAIC TOPOLOGICAL METHODS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE Department of Mathematics, Stanford University July 30 - August 3, 2001 http://www.math.uwo.ca/~jardine/at-cs.html * The application of algebraic topological methods in areas related to Computer Science is an emerging field that is of interest to both pure and applied mathematical scientists. The aim of this conference is to describe recent advances, and define the fundamental open problems in the field through a mixture of expository and technical lectures. There will be twenty lectures, on a variety of topics in the area. * All lectures are by invitation. A preliminary list of speakers can be found at the conference web site. All conference announcements and information will be available at that site. * Organizers: Gunnar Carlsson: firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Jardine: email@example.com BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT Introduction to Model Theory Philipp Rothmaler Gordon & Breach, Series Part: Algebra, Logic and Applications, Volume 15 Paperback ISBN 90-5699-313-5 Hardcover ISBN 90-5699-287-2 * Model theory attracts more and more mathematicians in view of growing applications to classical parts of mathematics. Here is an introductory text for anybody who wants to learn the basics and see how they apply to yield powerful results in other mathematical disciplines, be it an undergraduate or graduate student or any interested mathematician. * Suitable for readers who have not studied mathematical logic previously (in fact, as opposed to most introductory texts, syntactic issues are cut down to a model-theoretically relevant minimum here). * Also unusual for a text of this introductory level and making it more pleasant for self-study: fine print remarks about connections to other topics and history (within the text---making it unnecessary to page back and forth between text and some supplementary parts). * Some topics, like the two applications in the last part, have never been treated in a textbook before. (One of them yielding the dimension theory for fields of arbitrary cardinality (as a particular case of the study of strongly minimal theories), an important topic rarely treated in full detail even in algebra texts of this level; the other about models of the theory of the group of integers.) * Detailed bibliography, an epilogue, and hints for further reading leading the reader to some of the most recent and up to date literature of active research in the field. * Selected exercises have hints and solutions. Some of them reflect very recent (even unpublished) research in the field. RESEARCH ASSISTANT (POSTDOC) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AACHEN (RWTH AACHEN) The research group on mathematical foundations of computer science (directed by Prof. Erich Graedel) at RWTH Aachen is looking for a research assistant to join a DFG-funded project on COMPUTATIONAL MODEL THEORY. * The main goal of this project is the systematic extension of finite model theory to a computational model theory that covers also suitable classes of infinite structures. Topics of interest are logical definability and algorithmic complexity on finite and infinite structures, model-theoretic and algorithmic issues on automatic structures, metafinite structures, constraint databases, finitely representable transition systems etc., and applications of computational model theory to databases and verification. * We seek a candidate with a PhD in mathematics or computer science, strong background in mathematical logic, and good knowledge in either (finite) model theory, complexity theory or automata. * The salary is calculated according to the German scale BAT IIa, around DM 3000 - 3600 (EUR 1500 - 1800) per month, after taxes, depending on age and marital status. The length of the appointment is negotiable (up to three years), the starting date should be within six months. * Further information about our research group can be found at www-mgi.informatik.rwth-aachen.de. * Informal inquiries and applications should be sent by e-mail, as soon as possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org. PHD SCHOLARSHIPS IN THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE / LOGIC Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Bern University, Switzerland * 2 PhD sholarships are available in the research group "Theoretical Computer Science and Logic" at the Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics of Bern University (cf. http://www.iam.unibe.ch/~til/ for further information about our group). Both positions are available from January 1, 2001 for a period of two years, after which time an extension for another 2 years may be possible. * One position is within a research project concerned with explicit mathematics, metapredicativity, abstract computations and related proof-theoretic questions. The second is centered around non-classical logics and their computational aspects. * Requirements: Good background in logic and/or theoretical computer science; relevant degree (e.g. diploma or MS) in computer science or mathematics. * For further information contact the head of the research group G. Jaeger (email: email@example.com, phone: +41 31 631 85 60, fax: +41 31 631 32 60). POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW/ RESEARCH FELLOW Model Checking Logics Of Knowledge And Belief * School of Computer Science and Engineering University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia * Salary Range: $A 39,868 - 45,049 * A postdoctoral fellowship/research fellowship is available in applications of modal logic to distributed systems. The project, supported by a grant from the Australian Research Council, concerns the development of a model checker for logics of knowledge and belief and its application to the verification of knowledge-based programs and security protocols. Applicants should have, or be about to complete, a Ph.D. in computer science, or equivalent research experience appropriate to the project, expertise in modal logic (particularly epistemic logic and temporal logic) and/or model checking, and significant programming experience. Information concerning the position, including a duty statement listing selection criteria, is available at URL: http://cse.unsw.edu.au/~meyden/positions.html * Assoc. Prof. Ron van der Meyden School of Computer Science and Engineering University of New South Wales Sydney 2052 Australia email: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~meyden
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