Vienna Ball of Sciences 2020 (6. Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften)

DATE:Saturday, January 25, 2020
TIME:20:00
VENUE:Wiener Rathaus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien

Since 2015 the scientific community in Austria gets together in the glamorous setting of the Vienna City Hall. Even though the series of the Vienna Ball of Sciences is still wet under the nose, it has become one of Vienna’s highlights during the waltzing season, combining entertainment with numerous displays of academic humor and attitude which goes beyond the linguistic, ethnic, gender, and academic borders.

 

Since 2015, the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms is a proud partner of the Vienna Ball of Sciences. VCLA has in collaboration with researchers and doctoral candidates of the FWF funded doctoral college Logical Methods in Computer Science – LogiCS contributed to the ball´s scientific character with activities that stir curiosity, such as logic riddles and algorithmic thinking.

Logic at the Ball

For the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2020, the LogiCS doctoral candidate Kees (Cornelis) van Berkel is preparing a logical puzzle that should keep almost around 4,000 guests buzzing with excitement. The protection of biodiversity will stand in the center of the 2020 ball, embodied through bee-themed ballrooms and bee-inspired experiences.

Logic is a tool that is shared across the academic disciplines. Moreover, even though people rarely have to mathematically prove things in real life, we are using logic anyway. In computer science, logic is used to examine algorithms for errors, and to enable computer programs to reason about the world. Especially in the growing field of Artificial Intelligence, we see increasing use of the methods of logic. Computers, which can learn on their own without the corrupt or biased data could be seen as the step towards joining the statistical techniques of machine learning and logic-based automated decision making. Logic as a powerful reasoning tool, reached its maturity in the form of mathematical logic and analytic philosophy in the early 20th century, with significant contributions from Vienna – the Vienna Circle. The Institute for logic and computation at the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien meanwhile belongs to the five best in the world. The researchers at the Institute together with their colleagues at the TU Graz and JKU Linz, who are part of the FWF-funded doctoral college Logical Methods in Computer Science – LogiCS, are gathered in the research groups which host the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms.

Past Vienna Ball of Sciences with VCLA

5. Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften (Vienna Ball of Sciences 2019)

4. Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften (Vienna Ball of Sciences 2018)

2. Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften (Vienna Ball of Sciences 2016)

1. Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften (Vienna Ball of Sciences 2015)

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