Why and how to tech Logic for CS undergraduates?
LogTeach-22: Why and how to teach Logic for CS undergraduates?
Third Call for Papers
Last updated: May 13, 2022
LogTeach-22: LICS 2022 Workshop (July 31 and August 1, 2022, Haifa)
Why and how to teach Logic for CS undergraduates?
This is an in-person meeting.
People who want to contribue, but cannot attend, care encouraged to submit a short
position paper .
If accepted by the PC these papers will be integrated into the panel discussion
planned for the workshop.
If any form of post-workshop publication will be planned,
their authors will be contacted in order to contribute.
Logic is one of the pillars of the foundation of Computer Science, together
with Algorithmic Mathematics, Information Theory, and Electronics.
Consequently various versions of Logic courses used to be part of the undergraduate syllabus
of Computer Science. However, as witnessed by the variety of conferences related to Logic present
at the FLoC event, the emphasis has moved from the foundation to applications
of Logic in Computer Science. Each of these conferences deal with topics suitable for advanced undergraduate
and graduate courses, which require some Logic based prerequisite.
On the other hand, Logic courses in the undergraduate syllabus have been forced to make place for
courses deemed more suitable for the education of future specialists and practitioners working in IT.
Many of the top Universities worldwide have dropped foundational Logic courses for undergraduates
for more practical oriented courses, turning undergraduate CS programs into programs more suitable
for what used to be vocational colleges and professional schools.
Time has come to critically reflect upon and reevaluate the role of Logic in the undergraduate syllabus.
It seems clear that the classical Logic in CS courses have no place there anymore. They seem to teach
and emphasize the wrong narrative of logic as taught by tradition. However, it seems also clear that eliminating
Logic courses all together is counter productive.
The purpose of the workshop is the prepare a proposal for a logic
course Logic-2020 which is useful and acceptable for University undergraduates in CS, and which can serve
as a prerequisite for the many diverse branches of applied logic.
"Logic may be not very useful, if you know it, but very harmful, if you ignore it" (Georg Kreisel)
The purpose of the workshop is to prepare a joint position paper to be published possibly in
the Communications of ACM, or a similar prominent place, with recommendations for the future
of teaching Logic for undergraduate CS-students.
We plan to have presentations of position papers (30 minutes, including discussion)
and invited lectures (60 minutes including discussion), followed by a two hour panel discussion.
+ confirmed, * tentative
To be completed
- + Moshe Vardi (Rice University, Houston TA, USA)
- + Matthias Baaz (Technical University, Vienna, Austria)
- + Reinhold Kahle (Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany)
- + Arnon Avron (TA University, Tel Aviv, Israel)
- + Martin Davis (Courant Institute, New York, USA)
- + Thomas Zeume (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)
- + Edward Hirsch (Steklov Institute, St. Petersburg, visiting Technion, Haifa)
- + Lena Bunina (Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)
- * Samson Abramsky (Oxford University, Oxford, Great Britain)
- * Jeremy Avigad (Carnegy Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA)
We invite contributed talks, which can be 15 minute or 30 minutes (including discussion).
This will serve as the basis for the planned panel discussion.
Contributers should submit a pdf-file of an abstract or summary of atmost 3 pages at
till 30. May, 2022.
Full papers may be additionally submitted only as a second submission besides the 3 page version.
Workshop organizers and Program Committee
- J.A. Makowsky (Technion, Haifa, Israel)
- E.V. Ravve (ORT Braude, Karmiel, Israel)
- S.N. Artemov (CUNY, New York, USA)
- S. Szeider (Technical University, Vienna, Austria)
Dates and Location
FLOC is planned to be a conference with physical presence (possibly hybrid) in Haifa.
People who cannot attend are encouraged to submit position papers,
see at the beginning of this call for submissions.