Computers in Scientific Discovery 6 (CSD6)
This workshop is the sixth in a series that started in November 2001 with the Workshop of the DIMACS Working group on Computer-Generated Conjectures from Graph Theoretic and Chemical Databases, and and extends the earlier Discrete Mathematical Chemistry workshop (1998) also held at DIMACS. The events demonstrated the existence of an enthusiastic community of researchers on several continents active at the interfaces between chemistry, computer science and discrete mathematics.
Computers and Discovery (Workshop 2, Montreal, June 2004) concentrated on the nature of conjecture-making. Nevertheless, several chemical and mathematical software collaborative applications were initiated, such as the "House of Graphs" concept proposed by Pierre Hansen, which aims to align the efforts of groups working on implementing graph algorithms and developing user interfaces for automation of graph handling and conjecture making.
Computers and Scientific Discovery 3 (Ghent, 2006), the first of the series to take place in Europe, concentrated on computer implementation, with direct contact to potential scientific users. To keep developers of mathematical software in touch with their 'customers', theoretical/mathematical chemistry applications were emphasised, and the scope was extended to mathematical biology and bioinformatics.
The next meeting Computers and Scientific Discovery 4 (Shanghai, 2008) again moved to a new continent and carried forward the theme of the connections between the biosciences, mathematics and computer science.
Computers and Scientific Discovery 5 (Sheffield, 2010) kept up the strong connections and co-operations resulting from the previous workshops and made new contacts between those working on mathematical and software projects and potential users and applications in other fields. Contributions covered topics in graph theory, pure and applied, algorithms and software, and a ranges of applications drawn from chemistry, bioinformatics, physics, communications engineering and even basket weaving.
Computers and Scientific Discovery 6 aims to continue the deliberately multidisciplinary emphasis of these conferences, provide space for collaborations and follow-up on results of the previous meetings, and expand eevn further the range of topics covered. As the first of the series to be held in Slovenia, CSD6 will benefit from the strong local tradition of research in pure and applied graph theory.
Much of the importance of interdisciplinary meetings comes from their influence in breaking down "language barriers" between fields, and in opening the eyes of researchers in one field to the expertise and challenges available in another. Our workshop format, which combines formal presentations from invited speakers with contributed talks, and builds in plenty of time for free discussion between active researchers, is designed to facilitate these aims.