Federico Cerutti visiting

Federico Cerutti from Cardiff University is visiting us this Thursday. He will give a talk on Probabilistic Logic Programming with Beta-Distributed Random Variables.

Abstract: We enable aProbLog—a probabilistic logical programming approach—to reason in presence of uncertain probabilities represented as Beta-distributed random variables. We achieve the same performance of state-of-the-art algorithms for highly specified and engineered domains, while simultaneously we maintain the flexibility offered by aProbLog in handling complex relational domains.
Our motivation is that faithfully capturing the distribution of probabilities is necessary to compute an expected utility for effective decision making under uncertainty: unfortunately, these probability distributions can be highly uncertain due to sparse data. To understand and accurately manipulate such probability distributions we need a well-defined theoretical framework that is provided by the Beta distribution, which specifies a distribution of probabilities representing all the possible values of a probability when the exact value is unknown.

Philipp Schlicht visiting

Philipp Schlicht is visiting us today from Bristol. He’ll give us an introduction to automatic structures in the theory seminar today (2pm, CoFo 201).

Abstract: Automatic structures were first studied by Khoussainov and Nerode in 1995. I will first give an introduction with a focus on automatic ordinals and groups and then talk about tree-automatic structures. In particular, I will mention some recent partial results with Jain, Khoussainov and Stephan on the isomorphism problem for tree-automatic ordinals.


Matthew Luckcuck visiting

Today Matthew Luckcuck (Liverpool) is visiting us today. He will give a talk on “Robotics and Integrated Formal Methods: Necessity meets Opportunity“.

Abstract: Robotic systems are multi-dimensional entities, combining both hardware and software, that are heavily dependent on, and influenced by, interactions with the real world. They can be variously categorised as embedded, cyberphysical, real-time, hybrid, adaptive and even autonomous systems, with a typical robotic system being likely to contain all of these aspects. The techniques for developing and verifying each of these system varieties are often quite distinct. This, together with the sheer complexity of robotic systems, leads us to argue that diverse formal techniques must be integrated in order to develop, verify, and provide certification evidence for, robotic systems. Furthermore, we propose the fast evolving field of robotics as an ideal catalyst for the advancement of integrated formal methods research, helping to drive the field in new and exciting directions and shedding light on the development of large-scale, dynamic, complex systems.

Visits and talks this week

This week we are glad to welcome two visitors here at Swansea, namely Hideki Tsuiki from Kyoto University and Kristijonas Čyra from the Imperial College of London.

Hideki will give a talk on “Infinite Adequacy Theorem through Coinductive Definitions” today at 14:00 as a part of our Theory seminar series and Kristijonas will speak on “Argumentation-enabled Explainable AI Applications” this Thursday at 15:00 at the CoFo.



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Ulrich Berger is currently attending the 3rd Workshop on Mathematical Logic and its Applications, Nancy, France, where he will present a talk on Extracting the Fan Functional.

A Logical Account of Dishonesty by Martin Caminada

Today Martin Caminada (Cardiff University) is visiting Swansea. He will give a talk about “A Logical Account of Dishonesty” as a part of out Theory seminar series.

Abstract: Although formal logic is usually applied to reason about truth, in the current  resentation we apply it to reason about dishonesty. Based on work in philosophy, we provide a  formalisation of different forms of dishonesty, including lies, half-truth and bullshit, and discuss their formal properties. We also provide maxims for dishonest communication, that agents should ideally try to satisfy, both for moral and self-interested reasons.

Logic and Computational Complexity 2019

Monika Seisenberger (Swansea University) and Lauri Hella (Tampere University, Finland) is chairing the Twenteeth International Workshop on Logic and Computational Complexity (LLC’19), which will be held in Patras, Greece, on July 8, 2019, as part of ICALP.

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