Eric Mjolsness


UC Irvine


Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:50pm



Progress in artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning (ML),
is having a large effect on many scientific fields at the moment, with much more to come.
Most of this effect is from machine learning or "numerical AI", 
but I'll argue that the mathematical portions of "symbolic AI" 
- logic and computer algebra - have a strong and novel roles to play
that are synergistic to ML. First, applications to complex biological systems
can be formalized in part through the use of dynamical graph grammars.
Graph grammars comprise rewrite rules that locally alter the structure of
a labelled graph. The operator product of two labelled graph
rewrite rules involves finding the general substitution 
of the output of one into the input of the next - a form of variable binding 
similar to unification in logical inference algorithms. The resulting models
blend aspects of symbolic, logical representation and numerical simulation.
Second, I have proposed an architecture of scientific modeling languages
for complex systems that requires conditionally valid translations of
one high level formal language into another, e.g. to access different
back-end simulation and analyses systems. The obvious toolkit to reach for
is modern interactive theorem verification (ITV) systems e.g. those
based on dependent type theory (historical origins include Russell and Whitehead).
ML is of course being combined with ITV, bidirectionally.
Much work remains to be done, by logical people.

This is part 1 of a 2 part talk. It will cover background on:
Sketch of background knowledge in typed formal languages, 
Curry-Howard-Lambek correspondence, 
current computerized theorem verification, ML/ITV connections;
scientific modeling languages based on rewrite rules
(including dynamical graph grammars),
with some biological examples.