John Slaney


Professor in the Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University.

Member of Theory research group

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

Teaching, Semester 1 2020

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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
Logic teaching

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 amazing place to be a researcher, Canberra is a better city to live in than you would believe from listening to Australians from anywhere else, there are colleagues doing exciting research everywhere I look, 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 (enthusiastic but inexpert pianist).
Dislikes: no really interesting ones (sorry).

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