COORDINATORS' NEWS

David Pearce

This is an exciting and challenging time for Computational Logic with many important new events, activities and initiatives. The European Union's Fifth Framework IST Programme is about to be launched, with opportunities for basic research and for participation in Pro-active Initiatives. One of the Pro-active Initiatives currently planned is to be called Universal Information Ecosystems and we hope that this may provide a promising platform for launching projects with a strong computational logic component. Within the field of Computational Logic itself, two major international initiatives are currently under discussion, which could lead to significant changes within our scientific community world-wide. One is the CL2000 initiative, a plan to merge several conferences and workshops in the computational logic field into one mega-event to be held in 2000. The second initiative, IFCoLog, is to create an International Federation for Computational Logic , whose members would include all the major logic groups, associations and conference communities, similar to the way in which the ECCAI is organised. Both these initiatives were discussed at Compulog Net's recent strategic planning meeting in Rome. It was agreed there that the network will endorse and provide active support for CL2000 and should continue to be involved as much as possible in further discussion and development of the IFCoLog initiative.

The main aim of the Rome workshop was to present and discuss aterials for the network's planned Technological Roadmap for Computational Logic. Preliminary materials are being made available on our supporting documents page and can be discussed online via our Forum page. Currently the plan is to have thematic roadmap chapters devoted to Constraint Logic programming, Inductive Logic Programming, Logic-Based Agents, and CL and Natural Language Processing, together with a chapter on Enabling Technologies. Materials on Logic-Based Agents will be presented at a special joint workshop with AgentLink to be held in London on March 8. This will be organised by the Logic Programming Group at Imperial College which has agreed to coordinate a new Research Area in Logic and Agents, hopefully leading to further cooperation with the new AgentLink network. Future network activities within the field of CL and Natural Language Processing will be coordinated by a new Research Area/Interest Group to be run jointly with Compulog Americas . Other recent news concerns the Research Area Constraint Logic Programming which has a new Coordinator. We warmly thank the outgoing coordinator, Philippe Codognet, for his active and enthusiastic support, and welcome onto the Executive Council Francesca Rossi as the new CLP Area coordinator.

A second meeting of NoE coordinators took place on Dec 3, 1998, in Vienna, to discuss a range of issues of common concern, including the future of NoEs in FP5. This grouping of all NoEs now has a name, Euronets, and a preliminary homepage hosted by Compulog Net which has been constructing a prototype LP-based web database that will be further developed into a general online information system for all NoEs in the future. At the Vienna meeting, the Elsnet and Compulog Net coordinators were re-elected as Euronets' President and Vice-president respectively.

David Pearce
Compulog Net
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