John Slaney


Professor in the Computer Sciences Laboratory, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University.

Head of Automated Reasoning Group 1991 - 2008.

Former leader of the Logic and Computation Program in NICTA (National ICT Centre of Excellence, Australia)

Author of a cool web site, providing LOGIC FOR FUN

Instigator and convenor of the annual LOGIC SUMMER SCHOOL

Research Interests

Relevant logic
Other substructural logics
Temporal logic

Automatic theorem proving
ROO (Radically Optimized Otter)
SCOTT (Semantically Constrained Otter)
Miscellaneous contributions ,

Artificial Intelligence
Constraint satisfaction

Other things

Here is some software available for download.

Here is a list of co-authors and research collaborators.


I was born in England but escaped, taught logic in philosophy departments for several years, escaped again and moved to Canberra in 1988 where I have been automating reasoning ever since.

I like doing this. The ANU is an idyllic place to be a researcher, Canberra is a better city to live in than you would believe from listening to Australians from anywhere else, NICTA is the most exciting research lab I know, and I actually get paid for thinking about logic and hacking code! That's as good as it gets.

Other likes: travel, good food (enthusiastic but inexpert cook), classical music (ditto pianist).
Dislikes: no really interesting ones (sorry).

Dr J K Slaney                      Phone (Aus.):  (026) 125 8607
Logic and Computation Group        Phone (Int.): +61 26 125 8607
School of Computer Science         Fax (Aus.):    (026) 125 8651
Australian National University     Fax (Int.):   +61 26 125 8651
Canberra, ACT, 0200, AUSTRALIA