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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd Symposium on History and Philosophy of Programming, AISB-50, 1-4, April 2014, Goldsmiths, London, UK

www.computing-conference.ugent.be/hapop2

As part of the AISB-50 Annual Convention 2014 to be held at Goldsmiths,
 University of London, on April 1st--4th 2014

www.aisb.org.uk/events/aisb14

 The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial
 Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour  (AISB)

http://www.aisb.org.uk/

 Overview
 The history and philosophy of computing only started to develop as real
 disciplines in the ?80s and ?90s of the previous century, with the foundation
 of journals (e.g. the IEEE Annals on the History of Computing, Minds and
 Machines and the like) and associations (SIGCIS, IACAP, . . . ), and the
 organization of conferences and workshops on a regular basis. 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 symposium is to zoom into one fundamental aspect of computing, that is the
 foundational and the historical problems and developments related to the
 science of programming.
 This is the Second Symposium on History and Philosophy of Programming,
 following the first edition organized in 2012 at the AISB/IACAP Joint
 Convention in Birmingham, UK.

 It is supported by the Commission on the History and Philosophy of Computing
 (http://www.hapoc.ugent.be/home).

 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 symposium is to zoom into one fundamental aspect of
 computing, that is the foundational and the historical problems and
 developments related to programming.


 Topics of Interest
 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 workshop and we
 expect contributions (talks) in the following aspects (and their connections):

 1.    The history of computational systems, machines and programs
 2.    Foundational issues and paradigms of programming
 3.    Methodology of designing, teaching and learning programming

 We believe the scientific community needs 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 relation between hardware and software developments?
 ?    How did the notion of ?program? changed since the 40s?
 ?    How important has been the hands-off vs. the hands-on approach for the
 development of programming?
 ?    How did models of computability like Church?s lambda-calculus influence
 the development of programming languages?
 ?    Is programming a science or a technology?
 ?    What are the novel and most interesting approaches to the design of
 programs?
 ?    What is correctness for a program?  Issues in Type-checking, Model-
 checking, etc.
 ?    How do we understand programs as syntactical-semantical objects?
 ?    What is the nature of the relation between algorithms and programs?  What
 is a program?
 ?    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?
 ?    How is programming to be taught?


 Submission and Publication Details
 Submissions must be full (short) papers and should be sent via EasyChair:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hapop2


 Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found at:

http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/download.html

 We request that submitted papers are limited to eight pages. Each paper will
 receive at least two reviews. Selected papers will be published in the general
 proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author
 attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general
 symposium activities.


 Important Dates

      Full paper submission deadline: 3 January 2014
      Notification of acceptance/rejections: 6 February 2014
      Final version of accepted papers: 24 february 2014
      Convention: 1-4 April 2014 (symposium date tbc)


 Additional Information
 Please note that there will be separate proceedings for each symposium,
 produced before the convention. Each delegate will receive a memory stick
 containing the proceedings of all the symposia. In previous years there have
 been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These
 details will be circulated as and when they become available. Authors of a
 selection of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of
 the work to a journal special issue.

 Symposium organisers

 dr. Liesbeth De Mol
 elizabeth.demol@ugent.be
 UMR 8163 - Savoir, Textes, Languages
 Universit de Lille 3 Bt.B4
 Rue du Barreau BP 60149
 59653 Villeneuve d?Ascq Cedex, France

dr. Giuseppe Primiero
 G.Primiero@mdx.ac.uk
 website: http://www.cs.mdx.ac.uk/people/giuseppe-primiero/
 Department of Computer Science
 Middlesex University
 the Borroughs
 NW4 4BT, London, UK


 Symposium Website:
www.computing-conference.ugent.be/hapop2


 Programme Committee
 G. Alberts (Amsterdam) - TBC
 M. Campbell-Kelly (Warwick)
 L. Corry (Tel Aviv)
 L. de Mol (Lille)
 H. Durnova (Brno)
 R. Kahle (Lisbon)
 B. Loewe (Amsterdam)
 G. Primiero (Middlesex London)
 M. Tedre (Helsinki)
 R. Turner (Essex)