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AIC Seminar Series

What, again? Automatic Deductive Synthesis of the Unification Algorithm

Richard J WaldingerArtificial Intelligence Center, SRI International[Home Page]

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Date:  Friday, July 16th 2021 at 11:00am

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Unification is the construction of common instances of symbolic expressions. It is a central process in theorem proving, logic programming, type checking, and natural language processing. The automatic construction of algorithms for unification was an early target for program synthesis, but has never been fully achieved. We describe work in progress toward this goal. If successful, it could be applied to the construction of new unification algorithms for specific theories. This is a dry run for a talk to be given at UNIF 2021: The 35Th International Workshop on Unification ( this Sunday. Suggestions are solicited for improving the presentation.

   Bio for Richard J Waldinger

Richard Waldinger has been with the AI Center since 1969 and is now a Principal Scientist. He works on application of automatic deduction to artificial intelligence and software engineering. This includes program synthesis and verification, and planning, Most recently he has studied the use of deductive methods for natural-language question answering. He is the co-author (with Zohar Manna) of a series of textbooks on the relationship between logic and computer programming. He received a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University under Herbert A. Simon, and is a recipient of an SRI Fellowship, a AAAI Fellowship, and a Herbrand Award

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