[DL] [CfP - Extended deadline] PLP-2020: The Seventh Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming

Laura Pandolfo lpandolfo at uniss.it
Mon Aug 3 10:51:42 CEST 2020


PLP-2020: The Seventh Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming
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A workshop of 36th International Conference on Logic Programming
September 18-24, 2020, virtual conference
http://stoics.org.uk/plp/plp2020/


**** Extended deadline for submissions: Aug, 22nd 2020 ****


**** COVID-19: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the workshop will be held 
online. ****


Overview
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Probabilistic logic programming (PLP) approaches have received much 
attention
in this century. They address the need to reason about relational 
domains under
uncertainty arising in a variety of application domains, such as 
bioinformatics,
the semantic web, robotics, and many more. Developments in PLP include new
languages that combine logic programming with probability theory, as 
well as
algorithms that operate over programs in these formalisms.

The workshop encompasses all aspects of combining logic, algorithms,
programming and probability.

PLP is part of a wider current interest in probabilistic programming. By
promoting probabilities as explicit programming constructs, inference, 
parameter
estimation and learning algorithms can be ran over programs which represent
highly structured probability spaces. Due to logic programming's strong
theoretical underpinnings, PLP is one of the more disciplined areas of
probabilistic programming. It builds upon and benefits from the large 
body of
existing work in logic programming, both in semantics and 
implementation, but
also presents new challenges to the field. PLP reasoning often requires the
evaluation of large number of possible states before any answers can be 
produced
thus braking the sequential search model of traditional logic programs.

While PLP has already contributed a number of formalisms, systems and well
understood and established results in: parameter estimation, tabling, 
marginal
probabilities and Bayesian learning, many questions remain open in this
exciting, expanding field in the intersection of AI, machine learning and
statistics.

This workshop provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, presentation of
results and preliminary work, in the following areas

* probabilistic logic programming formalisms
* parameter estimation
* statistical inference
* implementations
* structure learning
* reasoning with uncertainty
* constraint store approaches
* stochastic and randomised algorithms
* probabilistic knowledge representation and reasoning
* constraints in statistical inference
* applications, such as
* * bioinformatics
* * semantic web
* * robotics
* probabilistic graphical models
* Bayesian learning
* tabling for learning and stochastic inference
* MCMC
* stochastic search
* labelled logic programs
* integration of statistical software

The above list should be interpreted broadly and is by no means exhaustive.

Purpose
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After six successful editions of this workshop at ICLP 2014 in Vienna, 
ICLP 2015
in Cork and ILP 2016 in London, at ILP 2017 in Orléans, at ILP 2018 in 
Ferrara,
at ICLP 2019 in Las Cruces, PLP will be online this year and will be 
co-located with ICLP 2020.
We hope that this encourages further collaboration between researchers 
in PLP and researchers
working in other areas of ICLP.

Submissions
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Submissions will be managed via 
EasyChair(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=plp2020).
Contributions should be prepared in
the LNCS style. A mixture of papers are sought including: new results, 
work in
progress as well as technical summaries of recent substantial 
contributions.
Papers presenting new results should be 6-15 pages in length. Work in 
progress
and technical summaries can be shorter (2-5 pages). The workshop 
proceedings will clearly
indicate the type of each paper.

At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the
workshop to present the contribution.


Publication
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Informal proceedings will be made available electronically to attendees. 
They
will also be for stored permanently in the form on CEUR Workshop 
Proceedings
(http://ceur-ws.org/) or arXiv (https://arxiv.org). The proceedings will 
consist of clearly marked sections
corresponding to the different types of submissions accepted.



Deadlines
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Papers due: Aug, 22nd 2020 (extended)
Notification to authors: Sep, 5th 2020 (extended)
Camera ready version due: Sep, 10th 2020
Workshop date: September 18-24, 2020

(the deadline for all dates is AOE)


Invited Speaker(s)
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To be confirmed.


Organising Committee
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Carmine Dodaro (University of Calabria, Italy) [co-chair]
(dodaro at mat.unical.it)
George Aristidis Elder (Queen Mary University of London, UK) [co-chair]
(g.a.elder at qmul.ac.uk)


Program Committee
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Nicos Angelopoulos (Sanger Institute, UK)
Elena Bellodi (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Krysia Broda (Imperial College, UK)
Henning Christiansen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Giuseppe Cota (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Fabio Cozman (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
James Cussens (University of York, UK)
Luke Dickens (University College London, UK)
Arjen Hommersom (Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands)
Matthias Nickles (National University of Ireland, Ireland)
David Poole (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Fabrizio Riguzzi (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Joost Vennekens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Riccardo Zese (University of Ferrara, Italy)


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