Seminars at the Faculty of Informatics

An Algebraic Information Theory

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Jürg Kohlas

DATE: Friday, October 11th, 2013
PLACE: USI Lugano Campus, room SI-008, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 15.30

There are different views on what information is. The particular approach presented in this talk is based on the view that information provides at least partial answers to questions and that pieces of information may come from different sources and should be aggregated.
This leads to an algebraic structure of information which has many important and interesting instances and models in Computer Science from universal logic to numerical analysis passing by combinatory problems.
In particular this algebra provides an axiomatic basis for a generic inference algorithm for all these instances, generalizing dynamic programming.


  • Technical apprenticeship with Sprecher und Schuh, Aarau
  • Study of Mathematics and Physic at the University of Zurich
  • PhD in Operations Reseach at the University of Zurich
  • Habilitation for Applied Mathematics at the University of Zurich
  • Scientist at the Corporate Resreach Center BBC (today ABB) in Dättwil near Baden
  • Prof. for Operations Research, later for Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • Guest-Professor and Researcher at various Swiss, European and US Universities
  • retired since Sept. 2009

HOST: Prof. Stefan Wolf