Applied Category Theory 2018

Applied Category Theory (ACT 2018) is a five-day workshop on applied category theory running from April 30 to May 4 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Towards an integrative science: in this workshop, we want to instigate a multi-disciplinary research program in which concepts, structures, and methods from one scientific discipline can be reused in another. The aim of the workshop is to (1) explore the use of category theory within and across different disciplines, (2) create a more cohesive and collaborative ACT community, especially among early-stage researchers, and (3) to accelerate research by outlining common goals and open problems for the field.

Accompanying the workshop will be a 4-day summer school for a limited number of early-career researchers, also at the Lorentz Center from April 23 to April 27, as well as a 16-week series of online seminars for up to 16 PhD students and postdocs called the Kan Extension Lab. Applications are due November 1.

While the workshop will host talks on a wide range of applications of category theory, there will be three special tracks on exciting new developments in the field:

  1. Dynamical systems and networks
  2. Systems biology
  3. Cognition and AI

While attendance at the summer school is not required to attend the online seminar, or vice versa, our intention is for participants to attend both. Participants will have the opportunity to work with established mentors in the field, and will have the opportunity to present their research at the full workshop. Applications are due on November 1.

The organizers

Bob Coecke (Oxford), Brendan Fong (MIT), Aleks Kissinger (Nijmegen), Martha Lewis (Radboud), and Joshua Tan (Oxford)

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About Applied Category Theory

Category theory is a branch of mathematics originally developed to transport ideas from one branch of mathematics to another, e.g. from topology to algebra. Applied category theory refers to efforts to transport the ideas of category theory from mathematics to other disciplines in science, engineering, and industry.

This site originated from discussions at the Computational Category Theory Workshop at NIST on Sept. 28-29, 2015. It serves to collect and disseminate research, resources, and tools for the development of applied category theory, and hosts a blog for those involved in its study.