[FOM] PLMMS 2010 Call for Papers

Lucas Dixon ldixon at inf.ed.ac.uk
Mon Feb 15 06:04:10 EST 2010

[Apologies for possible multiple postings.]
                    First CALL FOR PAPERS
  In co-operation with ACM SIGSAM, the International Workshop on

  Programming Languages for Mechanized Mathematics Systems
  (PLMMS 2010)

  Part of CICM-2010, in CNAM, Paris, France; 8th of July 2010

Important Dates

 * Abstract submission:        Fri 26 March 2010
 * Paper submission:           Fri 9 April 2010
 * Reviews sent to authors:    Mon 10 May 2010
 * Author's response deadline: Mon 17 May 2010
 * Notification of acceptance: Mon 24 May 2010
 * Camera ready copy due:      Mon 7 June 2010
 * Workshop:                   Thu 8 July 2010


The program committee welcomes submissions on programming language
issues related to all aspects of mechanised mathematics systems
(MMS). In particular:

 - Mathematical algorithms
 - Tactics and proof search
 - Proofs
 - Mathematical notation

Of particular interest are the dimensions of:

 - Expressiveness
 - Efficiency
 - Correctness
 - Understandability and Usability
 - Modularity and Extensibility
 - Design and implementation

Mechanised mathematics systems, whether stand-alone or embedded in
larger systems, include but are not limited to:

 - Dependent typed programming languages
 - Proof assistants
 - Computer algebra systems
 - Proof planning systems
 - Theorem proving systems
 - Theory formation systems

These issues have a very colourful history. Why are all the languages
of mainstream computer algebra systems untyped? (Not for lack of
trying: Axiom and Magma both enjoy type systems, although they have
not (yet) become mainstream.) Why are the (strongly typed) proof
assistants so much harder to use than a typical computer algebra
systems?  What forms of polymorphism exist in mathematics?  What forms
of dependent types may be used in mathematical modelling?  How can MMS
regain the upper hand on issues of "genericity" and "modularity"?
What are the biggest barriers when using more mainstream languages for
computer algebra systems, proof assistants or theorems provers?

Many programming language innovations appeared in either computer
algebra or proof systems first, before migrating into more mainstream
programming languages.  This workshop is an opportunity to present the
latest innovations in the design of MMS that may be relevant to future
programming languages, or conversely novel programming language
principles that improve upon the implementation and deployment of MMS.

Submission Details

Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library.

Papers should be submitted via the PLMMS 2010 easychair website:


Submissions must describe original unpublished work which is not been
submitted for publication elsewhere. At least one author of each
accepted paper is expected to attend PLMMS 2010 and present her or his
paper. Papers should be no more than 8 pages in length and are to be
submitted in PDF format. They must conform to the ACM SIGPLAN style
guidelines using 9-point font size (see
http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/authorInformation.htm - this also
provides latex templates). Each submission must also adhere to
SIGPLAN's republication policy
(http://www.sigplan.org/republicationpolicy.htm). Papers will be
reviewed by at least three reviewers and the authors will have an
opportunity for rebuttal by the response deadline.


  * http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=plmms2010
    abstract and paper submission webpage

  * ttp://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/authorInformation.htm
    submission style guide

  * http://www.sigplan.org/republicationpolicy.htm
    republication policy

  * http://dream.inf.ed.ac.uk/events/plmms-2010/
    the PLMMS 2010 web site

  * http://cicm2010.cnam.fr/
    the CICM 2010 conference web site

Program Committee

 * Thorsten Altenkirch (University of Nottingham, UK)
 * Serge Autexier (DFKI, Germany)
 * David Delahaye (CNAM, Paris, France)
 * James Davenport [PC co-chair] (University of Bath, UK)
 * Lucas Dixon [PC co-chair] (University of Edinburgh, UK)
 * Gudmund Grov (University of Edinburgh, UK)
 * Ewen Maclean (University of Herriot Watt, UK)
 * Dale Miller (INRIA, France)
 * Gabriel Dos Reis (Texas A&M University, USA)
 * Carsten Schuermann (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
 * Tim Sheard (Portland State University, USA)
 * Sergei Soloviev (IRIT, Toulouse, France)
 * Stephen Watt (The University of Western Ontario, Canada)
 * Makarius Wenzel (ITU Munich, Germany)
 * Freek Wiedijk (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

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