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Big Proof — Challenges in Industry and Research

July 19, 2017

The aim of the workshop is to promote discussion around the area of big proof and formal verification, and the challenges from academic and industry perspectives.  For example, academic challenges are presented by the problem of scaling mathematical proof on machine, including issues such as search, representation and reasoning in ways that are more natural to working mathematicians than current systems offer.  Conversely, industry challenges may be posed around the limits of automation and the efficiency of current logics and algorithms.

The Programme of talks will feature both academic and industry speakers and will include areas such as:

  • Verification for mainstream software and security
  • Bringing big verification proof to big finance
  • Big proofs from social networks of mathematics
  • Reasoning with big code
  • Reasoning at scale for cloud computing security

A key aspect of the workshop will be to encourage links between academics and industry and allow both parties to further understand the others’ needs. Therefore, as well as highlighting state-of-the-art mathematics for formal proof systems, talks will also cover end user challenges and experiences. Discussion and networking sessions will allow for new research directions to be discussed and areas of mutual interest to be explored.

Further details can be found on the workshop website, including details on how to register.

This workshop, part of the Isaac Newton Institute Research Programme Big Proof, will bring together mathematicians, computer scientists and logicians with those from relevant application areas, to explore the foundational, theoretical, and practical challenges in exploiting proof technology. A key expected output is a concrete, long-term research agenda for making computational inference a basic technology for formalising, creating, curating and disseminating mathematical knowledge in digital form.


July 19, 2017


The Alan Turing Institute
British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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