October 2023: A science comic about my research for the general public is presented along with many others at the Hamburg Comic Festival. This science communication initiative is funded by the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg. A short press release in available (in German).
September 2023: The conference proceedings of KI 2023 has been published. It is available as part of Springer's LNCS series (volume 14236) at Springer Link.
September 2023: Our paper Solving Modal Logic Problems by Translation to Higher-Order Logic (A. Steen, G. Sutcliffe, T. Scholl, C. Benzmüller), presented at the 5th International Conference on Logic and Argumentation (CLAR 2023), won the Best Paper Award of the conference!
September 2023: My essay on fairness/equity in AI (Gerechte Künstliche Intelligenz) has been published, together with eleven further essays, as part of the book Mojib Latif (Hrsg.), Gerechtigkeit im 21. Jahrhundert (Mojib Latif (Ed.), Equity in the 21st century), Herder Verlag in collaboration with the Hamburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
June 2022: To celebrate World Logic Day 2023, we are hosting a commemorative lecture on the life and work of Gerhard Gentzen on June 20, 2023. The guest speaker will be Prof. Reinhard Kahle (Tübingen).
April 2023: Forthcoming special issue of the journal KI – Künstliche Intelligenz on Non-Classical Reasoning for Contemporary AI Applications, feel free to submit!
February 2023: I'll be serving as jury member for the AI newcomer award of the KI Camp. Make sure to vote!
January 2023: I will be heading, together with Dietmar Seipel (U Würzburg), the 46th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI-2023) co-located with INFORMATIK 2023 in Berlin, Germany.
December 2022: My essay on fairness/equity in AI (Gerechte Künstliche Intelligenz) has been published by the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg as part of the essay series on fairness/equity (in german).
November 2022: The National Research Data Infrastructure for and with Computer Science (NFDIxCS) has been accepted for funding by German Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK); see also the press release (in german).
October 2022: I have been awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg (Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg), Germany, as part of their Young Academy Fellows program, fostering interdisciplinary research and scientific dialog. See also the press release.
August 2022: The Workshop on Practical Aspects of Automated Reasoning (PAAR 2022) took place on August 11 - 12 in Haifa, Israel, co-located with IJCAR/FLoC. We had a great program of 14 contributed talks and two invited talks, and two special sessions on the COST action EuroProofNet. Thanks a lot to all participants for the great talks and interesting discussions! Proceedings have been published at CEUR-WS.org.
April 6-11, 2024: 30th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems (TACAS 2024) in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Artifact evaluation committee
July 1-6, 2024: International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR 2024) in Nancy, France.
This is the personal homepage of Alexander Steen. I am a Juniorprofessor (this is roughly equivalent to an assistant professor position) at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Greifswald. I'm working on computational logic, automated reasoning and theoretical computer science. I'm the lead developer of the automated theorem prover Leo-III, a reasoning system for classical higher-order logic (HOL) and further expressive, non-classical logics (including higher-order modal logics and deontic logics) as well as further smaller software artifacts. My ORCID ID is 0000-0001-8781-9462.
My current research interests include theory and practice of higher-order reasoning, including efficient data structures for higher-order theorem provers, and related implementation techniques. Furthermore, I'm interested in practical aspects and applications of logics and formal methods in computer science, mathematics and philosophy. Also, I like functional programming (e.g. in Haskell). A research profile (self-portrayal) about my recent work was published by the it - Information Technology journal: See doi:10.1515/itit-2019-0001.
In my freetime, I'm a bass singer in a choir for classical music of various periods and singer in a Schola Cantorum (Vokalschola), see "Links" section.
AuReLeE is funded by Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) under grant CORE C20/IS/14616644, proposer and PI (until end of 2022): A. Steen
The goal of the project Automated Reasoning with Legal Entities (AuReLeE) is to provide effective and general means for the automation of normative reasoning processes based on legal knowledge bases. To this end, the project will design and implement a dedicated system that combines efficient decision procedures with a flexible approach to import and re-use existing knowledge bases for their employment as underlying contexts for the normative reasoning tasks. The results of AuReLeE hence allow to full utilization of the existing legal knowledge bases’ potential for compliance checking.
AuReLeE is conducted at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine of the University of Luxembourg. It is hosted by the Individual and Collective Reasoning (ICR) research group at the Depart of Computer Science.Further information
Leo-III was funded by DFG under grant BE 2501/11-1 (Leo-III), PI: C. Benzmüller
Leo-III is an effective ATP system for HOL with Henkin semantics and choice. It is implemented in Scala; its source code, and that of related projects, is publicly available under BSD-3 license on GitHub. The system accepts all common TPTP input syntax formats, including untyped clause normal form (CNF), untyped and typed first-order logic (FOF and TFF, respectively) and, as primary input format, monomorphic higher-order logic (THF). Additionally, as one of the first higher-order ATP systems, Leo-III upports reasoning in rank-1 polymorphic variants of the above logics (TF1 and TH1 syntax). The prover returns results according to the standardized TPTP SZS ontology and produces a verifiable TPTP-compatible proof certificate, if a proof is found.
Leo-III was identified as one of the most effective (in terms of number of solved problems) and most versatile (in terms of supported logical formalisms) theorem prover to date by the GRUNGE evaluation, see arXiv:1903.02539.
Conducted at Dahlem Center of Machine Learning and Robotics of Freie Universität Berlin, joint work with T. Gleißner
MET is a tool for embedding modal logic logic problems into classical higher-order logic represented in TPTP THF format. The input language allows the user to specify the semantics of the desired quantified modal logic and automatically computes the correspondig embedding.Further information
Conducted at the Individual and Collective Reasoning group of University of Luxembourg, joint work with T. Libal
NAI (for Normative AI) is a framework for normative reasoning. NAI features an annotation-based editor which abstracts over the underlining logical language. It also contains an easily accessible functionality for quality assurance and a transparent analysis of the created formalized document. NAI also supports an approach for assessing the correctness of formalizations via execution of behavioral tests using so-called queries. Lastly, it provides an interface for the creation of such queries and for checking their validity. The architecture of NAI is modular, which allows using different logics and reasoning engines. It also provides an web-based interface, which can be used by other tools in order to reason over the formalized legislation.
NAI is open-source, its source code is freely available at GitHub 3 under GPL-3.0 license. It was awarded with the LexisNexis Best Paper Award of Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium (IRIS 2020), in Salzburg, Austria, 2020.Further information
I completed the advanced training certificate for unversity teaching (Hochschuldidaktisches Lehrzertifikat) of Freie Universität Berlin (Support für die Lehre).
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Interested in writing a bachelors or masters thesis in the context of automated theorem proving or related areas? Feel free to contact me via e-mail.