Seminar code: NMMB453 (both semesters)
(you can sign up for the seminar repeatedly)
The seminar is run in English if students
not speaking Czech
attend, as happened many semesters during the past.
The seminar is intended for students interested in mathematical
logic. It does not assume more than basic knowledge, e.g. on
the level of basic course
Uvod do matematicke logiky
(taking that particular course is not a necessary
admission condition though).
The seminar runs from the summer semester 06/07.
Students are welcome to attend also a more advanced
In every semester we concentrate on a different theme
and it is generally not assumed that you have attended earlier
semesters (there were some exceptions when the topic from one
semester over-spilled into the next one).
The themes are chosen in a discussion with the participants
in order to respect their backgrounds and interests, and
often relate to the area of interactions of logic and
computational complexity theory.
The main program is complemented by occasional lectures by guests.
Winter semester 2020/21:
Topics in Boolean complexity
Boolean complexity is concerned with the question how hard it
is to define various Boolean functions by propositional formulas
or circuits (or other devices) and, in particular, how large
these need to be. The fundamental problem (linked with such
notorious problems as is the P vs. NP problem) is to exhibit
an explicit Boolean function which is hard to define.
We shall look at some basic background and then at few topics
that have a common facet with logic or are relevant in proof complexity.
On Wednesday 7.October the seminar will attend (via zoom)
the Jarnik lecture of Libor Barto on
CSPs and symmetries.
Our own talks will start the week after.
Day, time and place:
Wednesday at 14.oo, starting on 30.September.
ID: 396 697 4589
I sent the password to all students who signed up for the seminar
by 29.IX.2020. If you will
sign-up on some later date write me for the password.
After you joining the meeting you will find yourself in
a waiting room - this is just a precaution to avoid unwanted visitors.
For the same reason please join each meeting under your *real name*.
Only those who signed up for the course will be let in.
The zoom room will open always cca 5 minutes before the seminar.