Monday, February 23, 2009

Summer School in Mathematical Logic at UCLA

From Itay Neeman: The UCLA Logic Center is organizing a summer school for undergraduates this July. The goal of the school is to introduce future mathematicians to methods and central results from mathematical logic. Courses are _very_ intensive, designed to assume little if any prior experience with logic, yet reach highly advanced material within three weeks.

I'm writing to ask for your help advertising the school and attracting extra bright undergraduates. Please encourage any suitable students that you know to apply. The recently created summer school webpage (including application form) is at

There is also a flyer at

which you may post and forward to the undergraduate counselors in your department.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ph.D. SCHOLARSHIP IN LOGIC offered jointly by the Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Department of Philosophy


Call for Applications: We invite applications for a fully-funded 4 year bursary position for a Ph.D. student at the University of Groningen. The scholarship is offered jointly by the Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Department of Philosophy. Applicants must submit a research proposal for the intended PhD research covering the four-year duration of the scholarship. The application for the scholarship should be made no later than 1 May 2009.

Qualifications: Candidates should have (or obtain before 1 September 2009) a Masters degree in Logic, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, Mathematics or Physics.

Job Profile: We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in Logic (especially in areas such as Modal Logic, Epistemic Logic, Dynamic Logic, Belief Revision theory, Game Logic, Quantum Logic, Linear Logic,
Conditionals or Game Semantics) and its applications to modelling information flow, learning, agency, interaction and rationality in Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical Philosophy, Computer Science, Quantum Physics (including Quantum Information and Quantum Computation) or Game Theory. Fluent English is a prerequisite.

Appointment: The net monthly salary (after tax) for this position is approximately 1500 euro. The scholarship is awarded for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation. The successful applicant is required to participate in the PhD programme at the University of Groningen (see graduateschools/phd) and will be working under the daily supervision of Dr. S. Smets.

How to apply: Applications must be sent by standard mail and should arrive by 1 May 2009. Applications must contain :

- a Curriculum Vitae
- a 3-5 page long Research Proposal
- a Letter of Motivation (at most 1 page), explaining why you are interested in this position
- a list of university courses taken (including grades).
- the name and contact details (including email address) of one referee who can provide details about your profile (e.g. the supervisor of your master thesis).

Please send the application to :

Dr. Sonja Smets
University of Groningen,
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Artificial Intelligence
P.O. Box 407
9700 AK Groningen
The Netherlands

For further information, please contact Dr Sonja Smets at

Shortlisted candidates will be notified within 4 weeks after the deadline.

Friday, February 13, 2009

CFP for Second Formal Epistemology Festival: Causal Decision Theory and Scoring Rules

Second Formal Epistemology Festival:
Causal Decision Theory and Scoring Rules
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 29-31, 2009

This is the second of three small, thematically focused events in formal epistemology, organized by Franz Huber (Konstanz), Eric Swanson (Michigan), and Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto). This year's festivities coincide with the 10th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's The Foundations of Causal Decision Theory. Confirmed participants include John Collins, Branden Fitelson, Allan Gibbard, Chris Hitchcock, James Joyce, Sarah Moss, and the organizers.

We welcome submissions of papers on topics related to causal decision theory, scoring rules, or both. Please send a pdf prepared for blind reviewing to

Some funding for travel expenses may become available. Click here for a printable call for papers. For more information, see .

Deadline for submissions: March 22, 2009.
Notification of acceptances: April 5, 2009.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Some upcoming conferences on uncertainty

Philosophy of Probability II: Graduate Conference,Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science,London School of Economics, 8-9 June.

Foundations of Uncertainty: Probability and Its RivalsSeptember, Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic, 1-4 September.

Progic: 4th Workshop on Combining Probability andLogic, special focus: new approaches to rationality indecision making, Groningen, The Netherlands, 17-18 September.

HT to The Reasoner!