Applied Category Theory 2020

Hi all, just ducking in to help spread the word: the annual applied category theory conference (ACT2020) is taking place remotely this summer! Be sure to check out the conference website for the latest updates.

As you might know, I was around for ACT2018, which inspired my What is Applied Category Theory? booklet. This year I'm on the program committee and plan to tune into the main conference in July. Speaking of, here are the dates to know:

  • Adjoint School: June 29 -- July 3
  • Tutorial Day: July 5
  • Main Conference: July 6 -- 10

The Adjoint School is a months-long online reading group, where participants paired with researchers work through some of the major papers in the field. It culminates in an in-person meet-up a week before the main conference. Unfortunately, the deadline apply to the school is already closed. But this year, the conference has a Tutorial Day, too! I love this idea. It's open to anyone (first-come first serve) who's new to applied category theory and wants a little more background to get the most out of the talks during the main conference. You'll get to meet with Paolo Perrone, David Spivak, and Emily Riehl and learn math! And here's a quick blurb about the main conference, taken from this year's website.

Applied category theory is a topic of interest for a growing community of researchers, interested in studying many different kinds of systems using category-theoretic tools. These systems are found across computer science, mathematics, and physics, as well as in social science, linguistics, cognition, and neuroscience. The background and experience of our members is as varied as the systems being studied. The goal of Applied Category Theory is to bring researchers in the field together, disseminate the latest results, and facilitate further development of the field. ACT 2020 follows ACT 2018 in Leiden, and ACT 2019 in Oxford.

We seek submissions of either original research papers or extended abstracts of work submitted/accepted/published elsewhere. Accepted original research papers will be invited for publication in a proceedings volume. Some contributions will be invited to become keynote addresses, and best paper award(s) may also be given. The conference will include a business showcase.

If you want to submit a paper, check out the instructions on the "Submissions" tab on the conference website. If you're interested in attending the conference but not in giving a talk, also check out the website. General registration isn't open yet, but it will be soon.

Mark your calendars!

Update Mar. 23, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the conference is taking place online rather than at MIT.

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