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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR INFORMAL PRESENTATIONS: Computability in Europe 2012: How the World Computes, 18-23 June 2012, Cambridge (U.K.)


CiE 2012 is one of a series of special events, running throughout the Alan Turing Year, celebrating
Turing's unique impact on mathematics, computing, computer science, informatics, morphogenesis, 
artificial intelligence, philosophy and computational aspects of physics, biology, linguistics, 
economics and the wider scientific world.

CiE 2012 is planned to be an event worthy of the remarkable scientific career it commemorates, 
and will be the largest ever conference centred on the Computability Theoretic legacy of Turing 
and his contemporaries.


Andrew Hodges (Oxford, Special Invited Lecture), Ian Stewart (Warwick, Special Public Lecture), 
Dorit Aharonov (Jerusalem), Veronica Becher (Buenos Aires), Lenore Blum (Carnegie Mellon, The 
2012 APAL Lecture), Rodney Downey (Wellington), Yuri Gurevich (Microsoft, The EACSL Lecture), 
Juris Hartmanis (Cornell), Richard Jozsa (Cambridge, jointly organised lecture with King's College),
Stuart Kauffman (Vermont/ Santa Fe), James Murray (Oxford/Princeton, Microsoft Research Lecture), 
Stuart Shieber (Harvard), Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins) and Leslie Valiant (Harvard, jointly 
organised lecture with King's College).

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS OF INFORMAL PRESENTATIONS are now invited for this historic event.

For submission details, see:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Informal Presentations:  MAY 11, 2012

Authors will be notified of acceptance, usually within two weeks of submission.

All accepted papers become eligible for consideration for post-conference
journals: COMPUTABILITY will consider journal versions of papers presented at CiE conferences as a 
general rule; and there will be special issues of Logical Methods in Computer Science (LMCS) and 
Annals of Pure and Applied Logic (APAL).

CiE 2012 CONFERENCE TOPICS include, but not exclusively -
* Admissible sets
* Algorithms
* Analog computation
* Artificial intelligence
* Automata theory
* Bioinformatics
* Classical computability and degree structures
* Cognitive science and modelling
* Complexity classes
* Computability theoretic aspects of programs
* Computable analysis and real computation
* Computable structures and models
* Computational and proof complexity
* Computational biology
* Computational creativity
* Computational learning and complexity
* Computational linguistics
* Concurrency and distributed computation
* Constructive mathematics
* Cryptographic complexity
* Decidability of theories
* Derandomization
* DNA computing
* Domain theory and computability
* Dynamical systems and computational models
* Effective descriptive set theory
* Emerging and Non-standard Models of Computation
* Finite model theory
* Formal aspects of program analysis
* Formal methods
* Foundations of computer science
* Games
* Generalized recursion theory
* History of computation
* Hybrid systems
* Higher type computability
* Hypercomputational models
* Infinite time Turing machines
* Kolmogorov complexity
* Lambda and combinatory calculi
* L-systems and membrane computation
* Machine learning
* Mathematical models of emergence
* Molecular computation
* Morphogenesis and developmental biology
* Multi-agent systems
* Natural Computation
* Neural nets and connectionist models
* Philosophy of science and computation
* Physics and computability
* Probabilistic systems
* Process algebras and concurrent systems
* Programming language semantics
* Proof mining and applications
* Proof theory and computability
* Proof complexity
* Quantum computing and complexity
* Randomness
* Reducibilities and relative computation
* Relativistic computation
* Reverse mathematics
* Semantics and logic of computation
* Swarm intelligence and self-organisation
* Type systems and type theory
* Uncertain Reasoning
* Weak systems of arithmetic and applications

We particularly welcome submissions in emergent areas, such as bioinformatics and natural 
computation, where they have a basic connection with computability.

CiE 2012 will have a special relationship to the scientific legacy of Alan Turing, reflected 
in the broad theme: How the World Computes, with all its different layers of meaning. 
Contributions which are directly related to the visionary and seminal work of Turing will be 
particularly welcome.


* Cryptography, Complexity, and Randomness
Chairs: Rod Downey and Jack Lutz
Speakers so far: Eric Allender, Lance Fortnow, Valentine Kabanets, Omer Reingold, Alexander 
Shen + Panel Discussion on Future Directions

* The Turing Test and Thinking Machines
Chairs: Mark Bishop and Rineke Verbrugge
Speakers: Bruce Edmonds, John Preston, Susan Sterrett, Kevin Warwick, Jiri Wiedermann + Panel 
Discussion on Future Directions

* Computational Models After Turing: The Church-Turing Thesis and Beyond
Chairs: Martin Davis and Wilfried Sieg
Speakers: Giuseppe Longo, Peter Nemeti, Stewart Shapiro, Matthew Szudzik, Philip Welch, Michiel 
van Lambalgen

* Morphogenesis/Emergence as a Computability Theoretic Phenomenon
Chairs: Philip Maini and Peter Sloot
Speakers: Jaap Kaandorp, Shigeru Kondo, Nick Monk, John Reinitz, James Sharpe, Jonathan Sherratt

* Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information
Chairs: Pieter Adriaans and Benedikt Loewe
Speakers: Patrick Allo, Luis Antunes, Mark Finlayson, Amos Golan, Ruth Millikan + Panel Discussion 
on Future Directions

* The Universal Turing Machine, and History of the Computer
Chairs: Jack Copeland and John Tucker
Speakers so far: Steven Ericsson-Zenith, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Mark Priestley, Robert I. Soare + 
Panel Discussion

Information of funding for students (including ASL grants) and the attendance of female 
researchers is at:

There will be the annual Women in Computability Workshop, supported by a grant from the Elsevier 

CiE 2012 will be associated/co-located with a number of other Turing centenary events, including:

* ACE 2012, June 15-16, 2012

* Computability and Complexity in Analysis (CCA 2012), June 24-27, 2012

* Developments in Computational Models (DCM 2012), June 17, 2012

* THE INCOMPUTABLE at Kavli Royal Society International Centre
   Chicheley Hall, June 12-15, 2012


* Samson Abramsky (Oxford)             * Pieter Adriaans (Amsterdam)
* Franz Baader (Dresden)               * Arnold Beckmann (Swansea)
* Mark Bishop (London)                 * Paola Bonizzoni (Milan)
* Luca Cardelli (Cambridge)            * Douglas Cenzer (Gainesville)
* S Barry Cooper (Leeds, Co-chair)     * Ann Copestake (Cambridge)
* Anuj Dawar (Cambridge, Co-chair)     * Solomon Feferman (Stanford)
* Bernold Fiedler (Berlin)             * Luciano Floridi (Hertfordshire)
* Martin Hyland (Cambridge)            * Marcus Hutter (Canberra)
* Viv Kendon (Leeds)                   * Stephan Kreutzer (Oxford)
* Ming Li (Waterloo)                   * Benedikt Loewe (Amsterdam)
* Angus MacIntyre (London)             * Philip Maini (Oxford)
* Larry Moss (Bloomington)             * Amitabha Mukerjee (Kanpur)
* Damian Niwinski (Warsaw)             * Dag Normann (Oslo)
* Prakash Panangaden (Montreal)        * Jeff Paris (Manchester)
* Brigitte Pientka (Montreal)          * Helmut Schwichtenberg (Munich)
* Wilfried Sieg (Carnegie Mellon)      * Mariya Soskova (Sofia)
* Bettina Speckmann (Eindhoven)        * Christof Teuscher (Portland)
* Peter van Emde Boas (Amsterdam)      * Jan van Leeuwen (Utrecht)
* Rineke Verbrugge (Groningen)

The PROGRAMME COMMITTEE cordially invites all researchers (European and
non-European) in computability related areas to submit abstracts of their proposed presentations 
(in PDF-format, max 1 page) for CiE 2012. We particularly invite papers that build bridges between 
different parts of the research community.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Arnold Beckmann (Swansea), Luca Cardelli (Cambridge), S Barry Cooper (Leeds),
Ann Copestake (Cambridge), Anuj Dawar (Cambridge, Chair), Bjarki Holm (Cambridge), Martin Hyland 
(Cambridge), Benedikt Loewe (Amsterdam), Arno Pauly (Cambridge), Andrew Pitts (Cambridge)

The conference is sponsored by the ASL, EACSL, EATCS, Elsevier Foundation, IFCoLog, King's College 
Cambridge, The University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research.

For a small poster to download and display:

Contact: Anuj Dawar - anuj.dawar(at)