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Prof Robin Hirsch
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  • Professor of Mathematical Foundations of Computing
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
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Research Summary

My research has focused on the theory of binary relations.  The principal algebraic formalism for binary relations is relation algebra, I have written the key textbook on this topic.  Binary relations are much harder to deal with than unary relations, my approach (jointly with Ian Hodkinson) is based on a simple two player game to test consistency of assertions about binary relations.  Using these games I have established various complexity results, including the undecidability of the representation problem for finite relation algebras.  I have extensive research in other algebras of relations, e.g. cylindric, polyadic, domain, kleene algebras, etc. 

I have published research in a wide range of fields including graph theory, relativity theory, argumentation, constraint satisfaction and planning.

I am director of the London Logic Forum which brings together eminent logicians from various academic institutions in London.

Teaching Summary

I have overall responsibility for masters degrees in the computer science department.  I am director of the Mathematical Computation degree.  I am introducing some new dual degrees involving UCL and the ICT department at Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1988   Master of Science University College London
1981   Postgraduate Certificate in Education Institute of Education
1980   Master of Science Queen Mary College, University of London
1979   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
1979   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
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