A mad day’s work in theoretical computer science, mathematical logic, algebraic geometry and statistical learning theory.

The seminar takes place on every second Thursday (see below for the schedule) in the Russell Love room of Peter Hall at the University of Melbourne, 11am-12pm AEDT (due to lockdowns, seminar is online till further notice). The seminars will be streamed live via Zoom and questions can be directed to the speaker, via a moderator, via Zoom chat. In between seminars discussions and announcements take place on the Rising Sea Discord. Talks will be recorded and posted to the CGL YouTube channel within about a week.

Co-organised by Will Troiani and Daniel Murfet.



Will Troiani “Proof-nets: the sequentialisation theorem”

Proof-structures, invented by J.Y.Girard in his 1986 paper “Linear Logic”, are a variant on sequent style proofs. Proof-structures are non-sequential in nature so the translation of sequent style linear logic proofs into proof-nets erases information about the order of connectives. The map from sequent calculus proofs to proof-structures is not surjective, and the image of this translation are the proof-nets. This leads to the question: how can we intrinsically characterise proof-nets among proof-structures?

The answer to this question is given by the Sequentialization Theorem, which gives a correctness criterion which detects proof-nets among proof-structures. This correctness criterion is the foundation upon which Girard’s Geometry of Interaction I, a program set on interpreting proof-nets geometrically, rests. This two part talk is dedicated to proving the Sequentialization Theorem. The first part will be concerned with carefully defining sequent style linear logic, proof-nets, and the translation from one to the other. The second part will then proceed to the proof of the Theorem.


Zoom is running on the iMac in Russell Love, with a video feed (Extron MediaPort 2000) from the in-room camera at the back of the room, and an audio feed from the same camera. The speaker is wearing both a lapel mic connected to in-room speakers (primarily so that their voice is audible to the camera’s microphone, which is not amazing) and a second mic which feeds audio to an app on an iPhone in their pocket (for the YouTube recording). The moderator is signed into the Zoom meeting and the Discord channel to monitor for questions.