Editorial: April/May 2017

Dear LP’ers,

Welcome to another issue of your favorite newsletter.

The logic programming field is alive and well, and the summer plans for conferences and events are in full swing. ICLP 2017 is coming quickly our way, in beautiful Australia – a return to this continent after 30 years (ICLP’87), long overdue. This is shaping as a scientifically majestic event – ICLP will be co-located with a number of other events (e.g., CP and SAT) and will follow the ever-growing IJCAI conference. Ricardo and Son are working hard in putting together an exciting program.

Over the last few months we have lost one of the fathers of our discipline – Prof. Koichi Furukawa, a leader in logic programming and a prominent figure behind the Fifth Generation project, passed away last February. Many remembers his cello performances at many ICLP meetings. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Our newsletter issue features some interesting articles. The team of Gopal Gupta is providing us with an update on their work on developing novel approaches to the computation of answer sets. Our friends from the Inductive Logic Programming community are sharing in a post their thoughts and summaries about the most recent ILP conference.

Your ALP Newsletter team is also continuing to look for new avenues and directions to make this newsletter and this site more useful and exciting. Since students are the future of our discipline, we would like to revive and revamp our students portal. Over the next few months we will develop a student section, which will feature announcement of Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations in logic programming (and that’s where we will need your help) and slowly develop a section on educational materials on logic programming. If you have any students that is doing interesting work in logic programming and has reached one of her/his degree milestones – please send us a quick note and we will post it immediately.

As usual, your suggestions on how to improve the newsletter are very welcome and strongly encouraged.

Agostino & Enrico

P.S. our sincere apologies for the delay in generating this issue of the newsletter – both of us have recently assumed new administrative duties in our regular jobs and that has been a steep learning experience. We promise a more timely response in the coming months.