Over the next few months, there will be four conferences held here in London that are co-sponsored by the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Note that registration for a couple of these conferences is currently open. Further information can be found on our event pages, or on the respective conference websites.

Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics: ACMES 2 (May 12-15)

Computational Discovery, also called Experimental Mathematics, is the use of symbolic and numerical computation to discover patterns, to identify particular numbers and sequences, and to gather evidence in support of specific mathematical assertions that may themselves arise by computational means. In recent decades, computer-assisted mathematical discovery has profoundly transformed the strategies used to expand mathematical knowledge. In addition to symbolic and numerical computation, a new trend that shows tremendous potential is the use of novel visualization techniques. The current situation was well summarized by a recent ICMI study: “The latest developments in computer and video technology have provided a multiplicity of computational and symbolic tools that have rejuvenated mathematics and mathematics education. Two important examples of this revitalization are experimental mathematics and visual theorems.”

The ACMES 2 lead organiser, Jon Borwein, has attracted top-flight speakers. Invited speakers include: Jon Borwein, Neil J. A. Sloane, Ernest Davis, Patrick Fowler, David Stoutemeyer, Lila Kari, Jim Brown, David H. Bailey, and Ann Johnson. In addition, the conference key participant is Yuri Matiyasevich — the solver of Hilbert’s 10th problem.

Please visit the ACMES website to register, and to learn more..

2016 PhilMiLCog Graduate Student Conference (May 19-21)

PhilMiLCog is a three-day graduate conference with a broad and interdisciplinary scope. The conference, now in its 14th year, is recognized as one of the top philosophy graduate conferences in North America, synthesizing research from the Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Cognitive science, including psychology, linguistics, evolution, and computer science. PhilMiLCog provides an opportunity for graduate students with common interests from various departments in North America and Europe to come together and participate in lively scholarly research with leading experts in their field.

Please visit the PhilMiLCog website to learn more.

2016 Philosophy of Logic Math and Physics Graduate Student Conference (June 9-10)
The sixteenth annual Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics (LMP) Graduate Student Conference will take place June 9-10, 2016 at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The LMP Graduate Student Conference will bring together philosophers of logic, mathematics, and physics for two days of presentations and discussions with some of the leaders in these fields. This year’s keynote speaker is James Ladyman — a professor of philosophy at the University of Bristol. His current research focuses on the philosophy and foundations of Homotopy Type Theory, though his research spans philosophy of physics and science more broadly.

Presenters at this year’s conference include Nicholas Dibella (Stanford University), Andre Curtis-Trudel (University of Calgary), Alfredo Watkins (UNC Chapel Hill), Patrick Walsh (Carnegie Mellon University), Eric Walker (UC Riverside), Adam Simon (Stanford University), Fabio Ceravolo (University of Leeds), and Neil Dewar (Oxford University).

To view the conference program, and for further information, please visit the LMP website.

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: 2016 Annual Philosophy of Physics Conference
(June 11-12)

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics is a two day workshop taking place June 11-12, 2016 at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. This is the 20th annual UWO philosophy of physics conference. The workshop is inspired by Jeffrey Bub’s forthcoming book Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press). The workshop will bring together diverse views on issues raised by and related to Professor Bub’s work on developing an information-theoretic interpretation of quantum theory. The workshop will consist of four half-day sessions, one of which will be a special session dedicated to Professor Bub’s new book. After leading off this special session with a summary of his book, Professor Bub will then yield the floor to a distinguished panel of commentators: Leah Henderson (Groningen), Allen Stairs (Maryland), and Christopher Timpson (Oxford), who will present their views on Professor Bub’s interpretation. In addition to the special session, the workshop will include three other half-day sessions dedicated to further topics related to information theoretic interpretations of quantum mechanics.

Please note that attending this conference is free, but due to space constraints registration is required. Please visit the event page to register. Visit the Philosophy of Physics website to learn more.