Dear Logic Programmers,
Welcome to the May 2005 issue of
the ALP Newsletter.
Great news are coming from the organization of ICLP; looks like this
year we are going to have a truly exceptional program. Obviously, the
charisma of Gopal and Maurizio, and the beauty of Sitges have sorted
the desired effect - ICLP has received close to 100 submissions!
Six workshops have been approved, and they will surely provide topics
of interest for most of us - they range from the 'good old' CICLOPS and
WLPE to brand new ones (e.g., Bioinformatics). And along with the
workshops we are going to have the traditional poster session and the
new Doctoral Consortium (the deadline for both these events is June
The large and excellent pool of submissions to ICLP is a refreshing
sign that logic programming is alive and well. I just would like to
hope that this message will get out of the LP community and reach the
other communities in a strong manner. I cannot stop being amazed of the
uncomfortable reputation that logic programming receives within certain
academic environments - just last week I had the opportunity to see
results from a proposal panel review of the National Science
Foundation, where a proposal was rejected on the basis that (I quote)
"The motivation for such a study that is suggested from logic
programming languages does not seem especially strong as these
languages are not widely used." and "Nonetheless, LP remains a
relatively niche programming style useful
for only a limited range of problems, so the impact of better LP
systems is not as large as would be improvements in more widely used
I would really like to challenge the LP community to make an effort to
change this perspective. LP is much more than a "niche area" and it is
not "useful for only a limited range of problems", but clearly we, as a
community, have somewhere failed to adequately disseminate our
contributions. Perhaps, this would be an interesting issue that the ALP
EC could try to address in the near future.
To bring this one to closure, I
would like once again to welcome your comments/critics/suggestions/...
on how you would like to see the ALP Newsletter evolve in the near and
‘till the next one.