Welcome back to a long overdue update from your favorite ALP. Apologies for the long delay – many changes have taken place and we are now ready to entertain you again with all the interesting news from the world of logic programming.
First of all, this is the Year of Prolog, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Prolog. ALP and The Prolog Heritage Association is organizing an exciting event in Paris. Since the deadline is approaching
we would like to point out two related events:
- ALP Alain Colmerauer Prolog Heritage Prize (please, participate)
- A call for position papers (three pages) for a volume (please, submit)
We really hope to see you all in Paris at the Prolog Day Symposium.
The ALP has recently completed its election for the President position and for several seats in the Executive Committee. Our amazing Thomas Eiter has been confirmed for a new term as President of the ALP (congratulations!). The new members joining the Executive Committee are Stefania Constantini, Francesco Ricca, and Alessandra Russo; they will join Andrea Formisano, Yuliya Lierler, Jose-F Morales, and Tran Cao Son. We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to the exiting members of the Committee – Esra Erdem, Nicola Leone, and German Vidal. Thank you for all the hard work to the success of the ALP. Many thanks to Manuel (Hermenegildo) for organizing the elections.
This is conference season! ICLP in Haifa has recently terminated – a report will be soon coming. Next week LPNMR will open its doors. Great to see conferences coming back in person and providing opportunities for social interactions between members of our community.
Some more work has been done behind the scenes to make our ALP web site easier to maintain. After 19 years (!!), the ALP web site has left its home at New Mexico State University and moved to a cloud service provider. We are thankful to NMSU for its many years of service in this role. The web site is now fully hosted as logicprogramming.org without any redirections (which caused in the past several security concerns). We would like to express our gratitude to the NMSU technical support and to Manuel and its staff for facilitating this transition. Links at TPLP accepted and published papers and to the previous ICLP conference have been maintained. Some old websites no longer active have been retrieved using the web time machine and a summary of the old web site have been internally rebuilt. If you have access to other material of old meetings (even some personal pictures), please contact us.
In this issue the CIAO developer group presents a new important feature of their great system and we report a prayer of our “Student Specialist” Gian Luca Pozzato for helping him to retrieve and link PhD theses in logic programming. A unique access point for them will be extremely useful for the community. See his post.
Last but not least, we have a new, post-pandemic, editorial board. We have decided to align the technical areas of the editorial board with those of TPLP. This way, the TPLP area editor can suggest to send an extended abstract of a paper to be read using a tablet (which seems to be the preferred device for accessing the web site) Audio/Video are allowed (they are not in TPLP printed version!)