Wednesday 14 April 2010

UTP 2010, Nov 15-16, Shanghai

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I have been invited to serve on the Program Committee of UTP 2010, the 3rd International Symposium on Unifying Theories of Programming. UTP 2010 will take place in Shanghai. Submission deadline for abstracts is 4th of June 2010. The PC-chair is Shengchao Qin, University of Durham, UK.

Based on the pioneering work on Unifying Theories of Programming by Tony Hoare, He Jifeng, and others, the aims of the UTP Symposium series are to continue to reaffirm the significance of the ongoing UTP project, to encourage efforts to advance it by providing a focus for the sharing of results by those already actively contributing, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such unifying theoretical frameworks among the wider computer science and software engineering communities.

Of particular interest is how unification may be used to meet the goals and difficulties to be encountered in the Grand Challenges of Computing, with particular reference to the UK's "GC6: Dependable Systems Evolution", its international cousin the "Verified Software Initiative", and their plan to develop a Verified Software Repository. To this end the UTP2010 Symposium welcomes contributions on the above themes as well as others which can be related to them. Such additional themes include, but are not limited to, relational semantics, relational algebra, healthiness conditions, normal forms, linkage of theories, algebraic descriptions, incorporation of probabilistic programming, timed calculi and object-based descriptions, as well as alternative programming paradigms such as functional, logical, data-flow, and beyond. In all cases, the UTP approach should be compared and advantages/disadvantages discussed.