Newsletter 73
April 27, 2001

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Calls for Papers
  Partial Evaluation and Semantic-Based Program Manipulation
  Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science
* Book Announcements
  Handbook of Process Algebra,
    edited by J.A. Bergstra, A. Ponse and S.A. Smolka
  A Fascinating Country in the World of Computing
    by L.Wos and G.W. Pieper
  The Collected Works of Larry Wos by L. Wos with G.W. Pieper
* Position Announcement
  Research Assistant at TU Munich
* Miscellaneous
  UNIF 2001 Junior Researcher Travel Award


ACM SIGPLAN WORKSHOP ON PARTIAL
EVALUATION AND SEMANTICS-BASED PROGRAM MANIPULATION (PEPM'02)
  Call for Papers
  Portland, Oregon, USA
  January 14-15, 2002 (co-located with POPL'02)
  http://www.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~thiemann/pepm02
* Theme.  The PEPM'02 workshop will bring together researchers working in
  the areas of semantics-based program manipulation and partial evaluation.
  The workshop focuses on theory and practice for the analysis
  and manipulation of programs. Technical topics include, but are not
  limited to program manipulation techniques, program analysis
  techniques, programs as data objects, and applications.
* Submission is done electronically via the workshop
  Web-page. Exceptionally, submissions may be emailed to the program
  chair: thiemann@informatik.uni-freiburg.de
* Submission deadline: 8 October 2001.
* Program committee. Maria Alpuente, Evelyn Duesterwald, Robert Glck,
  Michael Hanus, Zhenjiang Hu, John Hughes, Mark Jones, Siau-Cheng
  Khoo, Jakob Rehof, Joo Saraiva, Ulrik Schultz, Peter Thiemann
  (chair), David Walker.



21st FOUNDATIONS OF SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY
AND THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE  CONFERENCE
  Call for Papers
  December 13--15,  2001
  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  http://www.fsttcs.org/
* The FSTTCS conference is a forum for presenting original results in
  foundational aspects of Computer Science and Software
  Technology. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original
  and unpublished research on any theoretical aspect of Computer
  Science. Papers with a strong foundational emphasis are also welcome
  in applied areas such as engineering of algorithms, programming
  language design and verification techniques.
* Representative areas include, but are not limited to: Automata,
  Languages and Computability, Automated Reasoning, Rewrite Systems,
  and Applications, Combinatorial Optimization, Computational
  Geometry, Computational Biology, Complexity Theory, Concurrent,
  Real-time and Hybrid Systems, Cryptography and Security Protocols,
  Database Theory and Information Retrieval, Graph and Network
  Algorithms, Logic, Proof Theory, Model Theory and Applications,
  Logics of Programs and Modal Logics, New Models of Computation,
  Parallel and Distributed Computing, Randomized and Approximation
  Algorithms, Semantics of Programming Languages, Software
  Specification and Verification, Static Analysis and Type Systems,
  Theory of Functional and Constraint-based Programming,
* Important Dates
  Deadline for Submission: 31 May 2001
  Notification to Authors: 15 August 2001
  Final Version of Accepted Papers due on: 15 September 2001
* Program Committee: S. Arun-Kumar (IIT, Delhi), Julian Bradfield
  (Edinburgh), Harry Buhrman (CWI), Gautam Das (Microsoft Res), Anuj
  Dawar (Cambridge), Alan Frieze (CMU), Naveen Garg (IIT, Delhi),
  Ramesh Hariharan (IISc) (Co-Chair), Oded Maler (Verimag), Peter Bro
  Miltersen (BRICS, Aarhus), Madhavan Mukund (CMI), (Co-Chair),
  Paritosh Pandya (TIFR), Sanjiva Prasad (IIT, Delhi), Jaikumar
  Radhakrishnan (TIFR), Uday Reddy (Birmingham), Natarajan Shankar
  (SRI), Aravind Srinivasan (Bell Labs), Madhu Sudan (MIT), Amnon
  Ta-Shma (Tel-Aviv), V. Vinay (IISc) (Co-Chair), Pascal Weil
  (Bordeaux), Thomas Wilke (Kiel), D. Williamson (IBM, Almaden),



BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT
  Handbook of Process Algebra
  Edited by Jan A. Bergstra, Alban Ponse and Scott A. Smolka
  Elsevier (North-Holland)
  http://www.science.uva.nl/~alban/Handbook-free/
* Process Algebra is a formal description technique for complex
  computer systems, especially those involving communicating,
  concurrently executing components. It is a subject that touches many
  topic areas of computer science and discrete math, including system
  design notations, logic, concurrency theory, specification and
  verification, operational semantics, algorithms, complexity theory,
  and, of course, algebra. This Handbook documents the fate of process
  algebra since its inception in the late 1970's to the present. It is
  intended to serve as a reference source for researchers, students,
  and system designers and engineers interested in either the theory
  of process algebra or in learning what process algebra brings to the
  table as a formal system description and verification technique.
* The Handbook is divided into six parts spanning a total of 19
  self-contained chapters. The organization is as follows.  Part 1,
  consisting of four chapters, covers a broad swath of the basic
  theory of process algebra. Part 2 contains two chapters devoted to
  the sub-specialization of process algebra known as finite-state
  processes, while the three chapters of Part 3 look at infinite-state
  processes, value-passing processes and mobile processes in
  particular. Part 4, also three chapters in length, explores several
  extensions to process algebra including real-time, probability and
  priority. The four chapters of Part 5 examine non-interleaving
  process algebras, while Part 6's three chapters address
  process-algebra tools and applications.



BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT
  A Fascinating Country in the World of Computing
  Larry Wos and Gail W. Pieper
  World Scientific, 1999, ISBN 981-02-3910-6
  586 pages
  http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~pieper/twobooks.html
* This book shows you -- through examples and puzzles and
  intriguing questions -- how to make your computer reason logically.
  To help you, the book includes a CD-ROM with OTTER, one of the most
  powerful general-purpose reasoning system. The automation of reasoning
  has advanced markedly in the past few decades, and this book discusses
  some of the remarkable successes that automated reasoning
  programs have had in tackling challenging problems in mathematics, logic,
  program verification, and circuit design. Because the intended audience
  includes students and teachers, the book presents many exercises
  (with hints and also answers), as well as tutorial chapters that gently
  introduce readers to the field of logic and to automated reasoning.
  For more advanced researchers, the book presents challenging questions,
  many of which are still unsolved.
* Ordering information: See the Web site



BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT
  The Collected Works of Larry Wos
  Larry Wos with Gail W. Pieper
  World Scientific, 2000, ISBN 981-02-4001 (2-vol. set)
  approx. 1600 pages
  http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/~pieper/twobooks.html
* Automated reasoning programs are successfully tackling challenging
  problems in mathematics and logic, program verification, and circuit
  design.  This two-volume book includes all the published papers of
  Dr. Larry Wos, one of the world's pioneers in automated reasoning.
* The book has the following special features: (1) It presents the
  strategies that have made automated reasoning a practical tool for
  solving deep problems in mathematics and logic.  (2) It provides a
  history of the field.  (3) It includes a CD-ROM, with a searchable
  index of all the papers.
* Ordering information: See the Web site



RESEARCH ASSISTANT / PHD VACANCY: TOOL SUPPORT FOR LOGICAL CALCULI
  Technical University Munich
  http://www4.in.tum.de/~kleing/group/group.html
* The theorem proving group at the Technical University Munich is
  looking for a research assistant to join a DFG-funded project
  focussing on the development and application of the theorem prover
  Isabelle (http://isabelle.in.tum.de).  The appointment is initially
  for 2 years with an optional extension.
* We seek a candidate with a strong background in one of the following areas:
    theorem proving, logic, semantics of programming languages,
    functional/logic programming, specification languages
  who should like to work on the boundary between theory and practice.
  Depending on the candidates interests, the work will focus on of the
  following topics:
  - logical calculi for the development of (object oriented) programs
  - structuring mechanisms for large theories
  - tool support for automated reasoning
* Informal inquiries and formal applications should be addressed to
  nipkow@in.tum.de (http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow).



UNIF 2001 JUNIOR RESEARCHER TRAVEL AWARD
* The award is intended to cover much of the expenses for up to four
  university students or post-docs working in the field of unification
  to attend UNIF 2001, which will be held in Siena, Italy, June 18-19,
  2001. Each winner will be reimbursed (to a maximum of US $1,000) for
  his or her workshop registration, transportation, and accommodation
  expenses.
* Application and recommendation letters should be sent by e-mail to
  unif2001@cs.uiowa.edu no later than April 15, 2001.
* Please consult http://goedel.cs.uiowa.edu/unif2001/ .




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