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[PVS] Call for papers: THedu'12



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                               CALL FOR PAPERS
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                                  THedu'12
                    TP components for educational software
                                 11 July 2012
                     http://www.uc.pt/en/congressos/thedu

                             Workshop at CICM 2012
                  Conferences on Intelligent Computer Mathematics
                                9-14. July 2012
                     Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
              http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/cicm2012/cicm.php
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THedu'12 Scope
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This workshop intends to gather the research communities for computer
Theorem proving (TP), Automated Theorem Proving (ATP), Interactive
Theorem Proving (ITP) as well as for Computer Algebra Systems (CAS)
and Dynamic Geometry Systems (DGS). The workshop tries to combine and
focus systems of these areas to enhance existing educational software
as well as studying the design of the next generation of mechanised
mathematics assistants (MMA). Elements for next-generation MMA's
include:

    * Declarative Languages for Problem Solution: education in applied
      sciences and in engineering is mainly concerned with problems,
      which involve operations on elementary objects to be transformed
      to an object representing a problem solution. Preconditions and
      postconditions of these operations can be used to describe the
      possible steps in the problem space; thus, ATP-systems can be used
      to check if an operation sequence given by the user does actually
      present a problem solution. Such "Problem Solution Languages"
      encompass declarative proof languages like Isabelle/Isar or Coq's
      Mathematical Proof Language, but also more specialized forms such
      as, for example, geometric problem solution languages that express
      a proof argument in Euklidian Geometry or languages for graph
      theory.

    * Consistent Mathematical Content Representation: Libraries of
      existing ITP-Systems, in particular those following the LCF-prover
      paradigm, usually provide logically coherent and human readable
      knowledge. In the leading provers, mathematical knowledge is
      covered to an extent beyond most courses in applied
      sciences. However, the potential of this mechanised knowledge for
      education is clearly not yet recognised adequately: renewed
      pedagogy calls for inquiry-based learning from concrete to
      abstract --- and the knowledge's logical coherence supports such
      learning: for instance, the formula 2.pi depends on the definition
      of reals and of multiplication; close to these definitions are the
      laws like commutativity etc. However, the complexity of the
      knowledge's traceable interrelations poses a challenge to
      usability design.

    * User-Guidance in Stepwise Problem Solving: Such guidance is
      indispensable for independent learning, but costly to implement so
      far, because so many special cases need to be coded by
      hand. However, TP technology makes automated generation of
      user-guidance reachable: declarative languages as mentioned above,
      novel programming languages combining computation and deduction,
      methods for automated construction with ruler and compass from
      specifications, etc --- all these methods 'know how to solve a
      problem'; so, use the methods' knowledge to generate user-guidance
      mechanically, this is an appealing challenge for ATP and ITP, and
      probably for compiler construction!

In principle, mathematical software can be conceived as models of
mathematics: The challenge addressed by this workshop series is to
provide appealing models for MMAs which are interactive and which
explain themselves such that interested students can independently
learn by inquiry and experimentation.


Program Committee
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     Ralph-Johan Back, Abo University, Turku, Finland
     Francisco Botana, University of Vigo at Pontevedra, Spain
     Florian Haftman, Munich University of Technology, Germany
     Predrag Janicic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
     Cezary Kaliszyk, University of Tsukuba, Japan
     Julien Narboux, University of Strasbourg, France
     Filip Maric, University of Belgrade, Serbia
     Walther Neuper, Graz University of Technology, Austria
     Pedro Quaresma, University of Coimbra, Portugal
     Wolfgang Schreiner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
     Laurent Th??ry, Sophia Antipolis, INRIA, France
     Makarius Wenzel, University Paris-Sud, France
     Burkhart Wolff, University Paris-Sud, France


Important Dates (by easychair)
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     * Extended Abstracts/Demo proposals:  01 May 2012
     * Author Notification:                01 Jun 2012
     * Final Version:                      15 Jun 2012
     * Worshop Day:                        11 Jul 2012


Submission
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We welcome submission of proposals to present a demo, as well as
submissions of extended abstracts (8 pages max) presenting original
unpublished work which is not been submitted for publication
elsewhere.

Selected extended abstracts will appear in CISUC Technical Report
series (ISSN 0874-338X, [1]). All accepted extended abstracts and
system demos will be presented at the workshop, and the extended
abstracts will be made available online. A publication
post-proceedings (papers, 15 pages max) under EPTCS is under
consideration.

Extended abstracts and demo proposals should be submitted via THedu'12
easychair [2].

Extended abstracts should be no more than 8 pages in length and are to
be submitted in PDF format. They must conform to the EPTCS style
guidelines [3].

At least one author of each accepted extended abstract/demo is
expected to attend THedu'12 and presents her or his extended
abstract/demo.

[1] http://www.uc.pt/en/fctuc/ID/cisuc/RecentPublications/Techreports/
[2] http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=thedu12
[3] http://http://style.eptcs.org/