Events Spring 2021

Richard M. Karp Distinguished Lecture — Trustworthy and Distributed Automated Reasoning

Friday, Mar. 19, 2021 9:00 am10:00 am PDT

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Marijn Heule (Carnegie Mellon University)


This talk will be held virtually and will be live streamed on our website. Full participation (including the capacity to ask questions) will be available via Zoom webinar.

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Automated reasoning has become increasingly powerful over the past decades thanks to algorithmic breakthroughs and expanding processing capabilities. This made possible and popularized its usage in solving very hard problems ranging from determining the correctness of complex systems to tackling long-standing open problems in mathematics. This talk presents an overview of progress in trustworthy and distributed automated reasoning, and covers some of its successes, including the solutions — with proofs — of the Boolean Pythagorean Triples problem and Keller's conjecture. Although some proofs are gigantic, they can be (and have been) independently validated using efficient, formally-verified proof checkers. These results underscore the effectiveness of automated reasoning to solve hard challenges in mathematics and elsewhere, while obtaining stronger guarantees of correctness than pen-and-paper proofs.

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