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CFP: Workshop on Dependence and Independence in Logic

Call for papers: Workshop on dependence and independence in logic 16-20 August 2010

organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2010 (, 9 - 20 August, 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Workshop Purpose:

Dependence and independence are common phenomena, wherever one looks: ecological systems, astronomy, human history, stock markets - but what is their role in logic and - turning the tables - what is the logic of these concepts? The possibility of nesting quantifiers, thus expressing patterns of dependence and independence between variables, accounts for much of the expressive power of first order logic. However, first order logic is not capable of expressing all such patterns, and as a consequence various generalizations - such as branching quantifiers, or the various variants of independence-friendly logic - have been introduced during the last fifty years. Dependence logic is a recent formalism, which brings to the forefront the very concept of dependence, isolating it from the notion of quantifier and making it one of the primitive elements of the language. It can also be added to other logics, such as modal logic. This has opened up an opportunity to develop logical tools for the study of complex forms of dependence, with applications to computer science, philosophy, linguistics, game theory and mathematics. Recently there has been an increasing interest in this topic, especially among young researchers. The goal of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers to further explore the very notions of dependence and independence and their role in formal logic, inparticular with regard to logics of imperfect information.

Workshop format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. There will be three invited talks of 60-minutes and nine 30-minute paper presentations.

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract with a maximum length of 5 pages. The following formats are accepted: PDF and PS (Latex-generated papers are preferred.) Please send your submission electronically to both organizers by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by the programme committee and additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final versions will be made available in due course.

Invited Speakers:

Samson Abramsky (Oxford University)
Xavier Caicedo (Universidad de los Andes)
Lauri Hella (University of Tampere)

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 1 April 2010
Notification: 15 May 2010
Preliminary programme: 22 May 2010
ESSLLI early registration: 1 June 2010
Final papers for proceedings: 15 June 2010
Final programme: 21 June 2010
Workshop dates: 16-20 August 2010

Workshop Organizers:

Juha Kontinen (
Jouko Vnnen (

Programme Committee:

Wilfrid Hodges
Tapani Hyttinen
Juha Kontinen
Michal Krynicki
Jouko Vnnen

Further Information:

Workshop is organized in cooperation with the European Science Foundation EUROCORES program LogICCC project LINT (Logic for interaction).