AISB event Bulletin Item
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Notion of Proof, 7-11 Jul 2014M Coimbra, PORTUGAL
Date: July 7-11, 2014 (one day within that range; precise date to be determined later) Location: University of Coimbra (Portugal) Homepage: http://cicm-conference.org/2014/cicm.php?event=nop&menu=general Part of the Conference on Intelligent Mathematics (CICM) 2014: http://cicm-conference.org/2014/cicm.php Description ---------- We have already witnessed the moment where chess-playing computers have surpassed humans. It might seem to be only a matter of time that computers will also surpass humans in mathematical theorem proving. In fact, the traditional notion of mathematical proof faces in the 21st century what we will call "the computer challenge". Three different aspects are worth separating: * proof search; * proof check; * proof representation. Proof search has its known limitations due to undecidability and complexity results. However, special areas, such as semigroup theory, already enjoy considerable support from computer-generated proofs. Proof check is recently the "hottest" area, in no small part due to the attempt to formally verify the proof of the Kepler conjecture by its author Hales. Proof representation seems currently be the stumbling block for convincing the mathematical community to accept computer-aided theorem proving as a viable complement to everyday mathematical research. For our workshop we solicit contributions for discussions about the current state-of-the-art of automated theorem proving (ATP), approaching the topic from the mathematical (or even philosophical) side, as well as from computer science. In addition to standard scientific/philosophical papers, descriptions and demonstrations of computer systems that bear on these issues are also welcome. Special focus is put on the last two items mentioned above, addressing the more concrete questions: * How, and to what extent, can (or will) proof checking convince the mathematical community from the correctness of a proof? * Does computer generated proof representations match with our intuitive notion of mathematical proof? The answers to both question should give us a deeper insight in the challenges and tasks for mathematical proofs and computer-aided theorem proving in the 21st century. Important dates ---------- May 20: Submission deadline May 31: Author notification July 7-11: CICM 2014 July 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11: Workshop A precise date for the workshop is not yet known, but it will be held on one of the days of CICM 2014 (which runs July 7-11). Invited speakers ---------- * Freek Wiedijk (Radboud University Nijmegen) Organizers ---------- - Jesse Alama Theory and Logic Group Technical University of Vienna email@example.com - Reinhard Kahle Center for Artificial Intelligence / Department of Mathematics New University of Lisbon firstname.lastname@example.org Submission ---------- Contributors can submit a 1-2 page abstract with Easychair at the https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nop2014 Submissions will be selected for presentation by the organizers with the possible assistance of external reviewers, as warranted. Publication ----------- If the quality of the contributions warrants it, we intend to invite contributors to expand their abstracts/talks into more complete papers. Format ---------- Our workshop will last one day. We will begin with our invited talk, and the remainder of the time will be contributed talks, of which we are aiming for 6-8. At the end of the day an open discussion, led by the organizers, will synthesize what has been presented.