Our intern Bruce Collie, together with Jackson Woodruff, and Michael O’Boyle have won the best paper award at GPCE this year for their paper Modeling Black-Box Components with Probabilistic Synthesis. Paper : https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.04811 Talk video: https://conf.researchr.org/details/gpce-2020/gpce2020/1/Modeling-Black-Box-Components-with-Probabilistic-Synthesis Congratulations!
Technical Talk: Syntactic reasoning for digital circuits using graphs Dan R. Ghica When: Thursday, November 19, 10am (Edinburgh) Abstract: I will present a general diagrammatic theory of digital circuits, based on connections between monoidal categories and graph rewriting. The main achievement of the paper is conceptual, filling a foundational gap in reasoning syntactically and symbolically […]
A graphical language for closed monoidal categories, by Dan Ghica. Diagrams, schematics, blueprints and so on play an important role in engineering, architecture, construction, and other activities where projects need to be formally specified. In mathematics the role of diagrams has been, at least until recently, mostly that of illustrating concepts, rather than specifying formally […]
Programming language Virtual Machines (VMs) must make many assumptions about how programs typically operate in order to effectively optimise them. We less commonly consider the many assumptions that VM developers and researchers hold about how VMs operate and the context within which they operate. In this talk, I will present a number of partly, or […]
On Tuesday 27th October at 1:15pm (UK time), Mario Alvarez-Picallo, The Difference Lambda Calculus Abstract: Cartesian difference categories are a recent generalisation of Cartesian differential categories which introduce a notion of “infinitesimal” arrows satisfying an analogue of the Kock-Lawvere axiom, with the axioms of a Cartesian differential category being satisfied only “up to an infinitesimal […]
by Dan R. Ghica We propose a core calculus for programming languages with effects, interpreted using a hypergraph-rewriting abstract machine. The intrinsic calculus syntax and semantics only deals with the basic structural aspects of programming languages: variables, names, and thunks. Everything else, including function abstraction and application, must be provided as extrinsic operations with associated […]
Thursday Tech Talk: From Differences to Differentials, Generalised Differentiation and Why You Should Care
by Mario Alvarez Picallo When you hear the word ‘derivative’, differential calculus immediately comes to mind. This is, however, far from the only place where one can find them! Many ad-hoc notions of derivative have popped up over the years, in fields as disparate as incremental computation and digital circuits. In this talk we introduce […]
by Dan R. Ghica The interaction between (pure) computation and the physical world happens in two ways. The computation may act upon the world, which is usually called an effect, which is managed using the well known mechanism of monads in the type system of the programming language. But the computation may also require a resource, which is by symmetry called a co-effect, […]
On June 16 we had the pleasure of a technical talk by Prof. Michele Pagani, Institut de Recherche en Informatique Fondamentale, Université de Paris. Abstract: Backpropagation is a classic automatic differentiation algorithm computing the gradient of functions specified by a certain class of simple, first-order programs, called computational graphs. It is a fundamental tool in […]
Who is Huawei? Here’s the inside story of Huawei Founder & CEO RenZhengfei. It’s a 30-year journey marked with many milestones and culminating in the company’s transformation into a global tech leader. Watch the video to learn more.