Aim and topics

In various areas of computer science, such as logic, computation, program development and verification, artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and automated reasoning, there is an obvious need for using specialised formalisms and inference mechanisms for special tasks. In order to be usable in practice, these specialised systems must be combined with each other, and they must be integrated into general purpose systems. The development of general techniques and methods for the combination and integration of special formally defined systems, as well as for the analysis and modularisation of complex systems has been initiated in many areas. The International Symposium on Frontiers of Combining Systems (FroCoS) traditionally focuses on this type of research questions and activities and aims at promoting progress in the field.

Like its predecessors, FroCoS 2009 wants to offer a common forum for research activities in the general area of combination, modularisation and integration of systems (with emphasis on logic-based ones), and of their practical use.

Typical topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • combinations of logics such as combined predicate, temporal, modal, or epistemic logics;
  • combinations and modularity in ontologies;
  • combination of decision procedures, of satisfiability procedures, and of constraint solving techniques;
  • combinations and modularity in term rewriting;
  • integration of equational and other theories into deductive systems;
  • combination of deduction systems and computer algebra;
  • integration of data structures into CLP formalisms and deduction processes;
  • hybrid methods for deduction, resolution and constraint propagation;
  • hybrid systems in knowledge representation and natural language semantics;
  • combined logics for distributed and multi-agent systems;
  • logical aspects of combining and modularising programs and specifications.