Tutorial: Logic and FCA via Management Science

Logic and FCA via Management Science – Half-day tutorial (Tuesday afternoon)


Alessandra Palmigiano is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology, where she leads the Applied Logic research group. http://www.appliedlogictudelft.nl/

Her recent research develops general tools for strengthening the mathematical foundations of a class of logics (the Logics for Social Behaviour) which are especially suited to reason about social interaction. One of these tools (the theory of unified correspondence) has made it possible to establish systematic connections betwen FCA and logic, motivated by the study of the role of market categories in consumers’ decision-making processes.


Tutorial description: The tutorial will take place on Tuesday 13th June afternoon, and will be divided into three parts. The first part will provide a self-contained introduction to modal logic and how modal logic can be used to express properties of formal contexts and their concept lattices. The second part will expand on a very natural application of modal logic interpreted on formal contexts. Namely, modal formulas can be used to describe how agents perceive and conceptualize relevant market categories (both individually and as groups), and how their conceptualization impacts on their decision-making as consumers. The third part of the tutorial will be a discussion session, in which all participants are invited to propose research directions building on the connections between FCA, logic and management science illustrated in the tutorial.

Schedule: Tuesday, June 13

14.30 – 15.15: Introduction to modal logic and its formal context semantics

15.30 – 16.15: Market categories, perception, and agent decision-making

16.30 – 17.15: Discussion session: Which research paths can we pursue together?


  • Paper at TARK 2017 [pdf]
  • Slides of the tutorial [pdf]

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