First Symposium on Compositional Structures (SYCO 1)
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK
The Symposium on Compositional Structures is a new interdisciplinary series of meetings aiming to support the growing community of researchers interested in the phenomenon of compositionality, from both applied and abstract perspectives, and in particular where category theory serves as a unifying common language. We welcome submissions from researchers across computer science, mathematics, physics, philosophy, and beyond, with the aim of fostering friendly discussion, disseminating new ideas, and spreading knowledge between fields. Submission is encouraged for both mature research and work in progress, and by both established academics and junior researchers, including students.
Submission is easy, with no format requirements or page restrictions. The meeting does not have proceedings, so work can be submitted even if it has been submitted or published elsewhere.
While no list of topics could be exhaustive, SYCO welcomes submissions with a compositional focus related to any of the following areas, in particular from the perspective of category theory:
This new series aims to bring together the communities behind many previous successful events which have taken place over the last decade, including Categories, Logic and Physics, Categories, Logic and Physics (Scotland), Higher-Dimensional Rewriting and Applications, String Diagrams in Computational, Logic and Physics, Applied Category Theory, Simons Workshop on Compositionality, the Yorkshire and Midlands Category Theory Seminar, and the Peripatetic Seminar in Sheaves and Logic.
The steering committee hopes that SYCO will become a regular fixture in the academic calendar, running regularly throughout the year, and becoming over time a recognized venue for presentation and discussion of results in an informal and friendly atmosphere. To help create this community, and to avoid the need to make difficult choices between strong submissions, in the event that more good-quality submissions are received than can be accommodated in the timetable, the programme committee may choose to defer some submissions to a future meeting, rather than reject them. This would be done based largely on submission order, giving an incentive for early submission, but would also take into account other requirements, such as ensuring a broad scientific programme. Deferred submissions can be re-submitted to any future SYCO meeting, where they will be prioritised for inclusion in the programme, and where they will not need to be re-reviewed. This will allow us to ensure that speakers have enough time to present their ideas, without creating competition between submissions. Meetings would be held sufficiently frequently to avoid a backlog of deferred papers.
|David Corfield||Jules Hedges|
|Department of Philosophy, University of Kent||Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford|
|The ubiquity of modal type theory||Compositional game theory|
The registration, coffee breaks, lunch, and drinks reception will take place in the atrium of the School of Computer Science. The adjoining Sloman Lounge can be used to talk or work.
The talks will take place in the Murray Learning Centre, room LG14.
The School of Computer Science and the Murray Learning Centre are opposite each other, and it only takes about 20 seconds to walk from one building to the other.
|Time||Thursday 20 September||Friday 21 September|
|09:30||Jules Hedges, "Compositional game theory" (invited talk) (slides)|
|10:30||REGISTRATION||Filippo Bonchi, Jens Seeber and Pawel Sobocinski, "Graphical conjunctive queries" (slides)|
|11:30||David Corfield, "The ubiquity of modal type theory" (invited talk) (slides)||Lukas Heidemann, "Visualization and verification of geometrical proofs" (slides)|
|12:00||Exequiel Rivas, "Relating idioms, arrows and monads from monoidal adjunctions" (slides)|
|12:30||Kohei Kishida, "An allegorical semantics of modal logic" (slides)||Apiwat Chantawibul and Pawel Sobocinski, "Monoidal multiplexing"|
|14:00||Joe Moeller, "Noncommutative network models"||Michael Stay and Lucius Gregory Meredith, "How to derive a type system from a term calculus, a collection, and a distributive law" (slides)|
|14:30||Paolo Perrone and Tobias Fritz, "Monads, partial evaluations, and rewriting" (slides)||Brendan Fong, David Spivak and Remy Tuyeras, "Backprop as functor: a compositional perspective on supervised learning" (slides)|
|15:00||Aaron Sloman, "Biologically evolved forms of compositionality" (slides) (paper)||Robin Cockett, Cole Comfort and Priyaa Srinivasan, "Dagger mix categories" (slides)|
|16:00||Benjamin Musto, David Reutter and Dominic Verdon, "A compositional approach to quantum functions" (slides)||Andre Kornell, "Quantum sets" (slides)|
|16:30||Robin Kaarsgaard and Robert Glück, "Reversibility as a compositional phenomenon"||Simon Willerton, "The Legendre-Fenchel transform from a category theoretic perspective" (slides)|
|17:00||Ross Duncan and Seyon Sivarajah, Cambridge Quantum Computing industry presentation (not peer reviewed)||Tarmo Uustalu, "Container combinatorics: monads and more" (slides)|
There is no registration fee, but please do register so that you can be given a name badge, and so that we can prepare the correct quantity of refreshments. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "SYCO 1 registration", indicating in the body of the email the name and affiliation to put on your name badge, as well as any dietary preferences, and whether you are happy for your name to appear on the webpage in the list of attendees, which will appear shortly. The registration deadline is Thursday 13 September 2018, one week before the meeting.
Venue. The meeting will be held at the University of Birmingham, in the Learning Centre and the School of Computer Science, which are situated opposite each other on University Road West on the main Edgbaston campus of the university, just 100 metres from the University train station. It takes only a few seconds to walk between the buildings. The walking route to the Learning Centre is shown on this map:
Accommodation. Book your accommodation as soon as possible, as hotel rooms are already selling out in Birmingham on the dates of the Symposium. If you would like hotel accommodation, we advise you to choose a hotel near Birmingham New Street station, and travel to the conference venue using the quick and regular train service; a standard choice is the Holiday Inn Express. There are also many AirBnB places available in Birmingham; while there isn't much available for the conference dates near the University, there are plenty of places near Five Ways station and Birmingham New Street station, which have direct trains to the conference venue.
Trains. With the University train station just 100 metres from the conference venue, the train is an easy way to get to the symposium. Travel time is 11 minutes from Birmingham New Street, 27 minutes from Birmingham airport, 1 hour 7 minutes from Leicester, 1 hour 14 minutes from Sheffield, 1 hour 17 minutes from Oxford, 1 hour 34 minutes minutes from London, 2 hours 14 minutes from Leeds, 4 hours 40 minutes from Glasgow, and 4 hours 52 minutes from Paris. (Thanks to the time difference, this means you can take the 07:08 train from Gare du Nord and arrive in time for registration at 11:00 on Thursday.)
Planes. If travelling from far afield, Birmingham airport has flights from all over Europe, and is 27 minutes by train from the conference venue. Birmingham is also conveniently serviced by several other airports: Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Bristol Airport, and London Gatwick Airport are about 2 hours by public transport, Heathrow Airport is 2 hours 30 minutes, and Stansted Airport has a direct service to Birmingham New Street that takes 3 hours.
Automobiles. The university has some limited pay-and-display parking (see section "Visitor Parking"), but it is often very busy and it can be hard to find a space. A more reliable option is to park on one of the roads just south of the University which do not have parking restrictions, such as Hubert Road, Tiverton Road or Dawlish Road; these roads are a 10-minute walk to the conference venue.
Taxis. You can book a traditional taxi by phone on 01214278888 or 01217441111. Also, Uber operates in the city.
Internet access. The best way to access the internet at the University of Birmingham is by using the Eduroam service; you can download a configuration tool for your device here. If you do not have access to Eduroam, you can get a guest WiFi password at the registration desk.
Submission is by EasyChair. To submit to SYCO 1, click on the this link:
Submissions should present research results in sufficient detail to allow them to be properly considered by members of the programme committee, who will assess papers with regards to significance, clarity, correctness, and scope. We encourage the submission of work in progress, as well as mature results. There are no proceedings, so work can be submitted even if it has been previously published, or has been submitted for consideration elsewhere. There is no specific formatting requirement, and no page limit, although for long submissions authors should be aware that reviewers may not be able to read the entire document in detail.The call for papers is available here.
68 total participants.