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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Symposium on the History and Philosophy of Programming", July 2012, Birmingham (U.K.)

Part of AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012

As part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress programme, the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science 
at Ghent University organizes a one day Symposium on the History and Philosophy of Programming.

On the Occasion of the Turing Centennial, from 2-6 July 2012, the AISB (The Society for the Study 
of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour) and the IACAP (The International Association
for Computing and Philosophy) merge their annual symposia/conferences to the AISB/IACAP World 
Congress. The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's IACAP conference. 
The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan Turing, and by the broad and deep 
significance of Turing's work to AI, to the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to 
philosophy and computing more generally. The Congress is one of the events forming the Alan Turing 

The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich interchange between AI and 
Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest, whether directly addressing Turing's own research 
output or not.


This Symposium follows the organization of the International Conference on History and Philosophy 
of Computing, held at the University of Ghent from 7 to 10 November 2011

A historical awareness of the evolution of computing not only helps to clarify the complex 
structure of the computing sciences, but it also provides an insight in what computing was, is and 
maybe could be in the future. Philosophy, on the other hand, helps to tackle some of the 
fundamental problems of computing.  The aim of this conference is to zoom into one fundamental 
aspect of computing, namely the foundational and the historical problems and developments related 
to the science of programming.

Alan Turing himself was driven by the fundamental question of ?what are the possible processes 
which can be carried out in computing a number? [Turing, 1936]. His answer today is well-known, 
and today we understand a program as a rather complex instance of what became known as the Turing 
Machine. What is less well-known, is that Turing also wrote one of the first programming manuals 
ever for the Ferranti Mark I, where one feels the symbolic machine hiding on the back of the 
Manchester hardware. This was only the beginning of a large research area that today involves 
logicians, programmers and engineers in the design, understanding and realization of programming 

That a logico-mathematical-physical object called `program' is so controversial, even though its 
very nature is mostly hidden away, is rooted in the range of problems, processes and objects that 
can be solved, simulated, approximated and generated by way of its execution.
Given its widespread impact on our lives, it becomes a responsibility of the philosopher and the 
historian to study the science of programming.



The historical and philosophical reflection on the science of programming is the main topic at the 
core of this Symposium and we expect contributions about the following topics and their 

1. The history of computational systems, machines and programs 2. Foundational issues and paradigms
of programming (programming logics, semantics and proof-theories for distributed, secure, cloud, 
functional, object-oriented, etc.)

Our wish is to bring forth to the scientific community a deep understanding and critical view of 
the problems related to the scientific paradigm represented by the science of programming. Possible 
and in no way exclusive questions that might be of relevance to this Symposium are:

- What was and is the significance of hardware developments for the development of software (and vice versa)?
- In how far can the analogue and special-purpose machines built before the 40s programs and what 
does this mean for our conception of ?program?
- How important has been the hands-off vs. the hands-on approach for the development of programming?
- What is the influence of models of computability like Church's lambda-calculus on the development of programming languages?
- Which case studies from the history of programming can tell us today something about future directions?
- Is programming a science or a technology?
- In how far does it make sense to speak about programming paradigms in the sense of Kuhn?
- What are the novel and most interesting approaches to the design of programs?
- What are the most interesting formal properties of procedural semantics, typed systems, etc?
- What is correctness for a program? Issues in Type-checking, Model-checking, etc.
- What is the common structure of Proofs and Programs? Logic of Proofs and Curry-Howard Isomorphism.
- What are the current logical issues in programming?
- How do we understand programs as syntactical-semantical objects?
- What is the nature of the relation between algorithms and programs? - What is a program?
- Which problems are the most pressing ones and why are they relevant to more than just programmers?
- How can epistemology profit from the understanding of programs'
behavior and structure?
- What legal and socio-economical issues are involved in the creation, patenting or free-distribution of programs?


The programme will consists of 2 Invited Lectures and up to 8 Contributed Papers. It will takes 
place in the afternoon session of the 5th and the morning session of the 6th of July. We cordially 
invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main topics of the conference to submit an 
extended abstract of minimum 2 and maximum 5 pages to

Please mention "ABSTRACT HAPOP" in the subject line. Abstracts must be written in English. Please 
note that the format of submitted files must be .pdf or .rtf. Only unpublished material will be 
considered for presentation.

Submissions Deadline: 1 February 2012
Acceptance/rejection Decisions: 1 March 2012 Final versions of abstracts for inclusion in 
proceedings: 30 March 2012.
Symposium: 5 July (afternoon) and 6 July (morning)


Gerard Alberts (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Julian Rohrhuber (Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf)


Liesbeth De Mol and Giuseppe Primiero?

S. Artemov (City Univeristy of New York) M. Bullynck (Universite' de Paris 8) L. de Mol (CLPS UGent)
V. de Paiva (Reardem Commerce) H. Durnova (Masarykova Univerzita Brno) R. Kahle (Universidade Nova
de Lisbona) B. Loewe (Universiteit van Amsterdam) F. Kamareddine (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
G. Primiero (CLPS UGent) R. Turner (University of Essex)


There will be a separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the Congress. Each 
delegate at the Congress will receive, on arrival, a memory stick containing the proceedings of 
all symposia.


For further information please contact us at:?

or have a look at our website:



The Symposium on History and Philosophy of Programming will be followed by a Roundtable on topics 
in the Philosophy of Computer Science on the day after. Confirmed participants include:

Raymond Turner, University of Essex, UK (MODERATOR) Rainhard Bengez, TU Mnchen, Germany Manfred 
Broy, TU Mnchen, Germany, Marcelo Dascal, University of Tel Aviv, Israel Ruth Hagengruber, 
University of Paderborn, Germany Giovanni Sartor, EUI ? European University Institute, Florence, 
Italy Dov M. Gabbay, King's College, London, UK Jean-Gabriele Ganascia, University Pierre and 
Marie Curie, Paris, France Gilles Dowek, l'cole polytechnique, Paris, France Jan van Leeuwen, 
Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands Lothar Philipps, University of Munich, Germany Giovanni 
Sartor, EUI (European University Institute), Florence, Italy Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh,
USA Hennry Prakken,  Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands Erich Schweighofer, University of 
Vienna, Austria Yoshino Hajime, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokio, Japan Douglas Walton, University 
of Windsor, Canada

Topics include:
*Philosophical approaches to Computer Science *Just Counting Machines? From Leibniz via Lovecraft and Babbage to Turing, Zuse and von Neumann.
*Which kinds of logic and mathematical concepts are suitable for machines and humans to understand machines?

Everyone is cordially invited