The Castle of Ferrara (Castello Estense)

The Castle of Ferrara (Castello Estense)


Probabilistic logic programming (PLP) approaches have received much attention in this century. They address the need to reason about relational domains under uncertainty arising in a variety of application domains, such as bioinformatics, the semantic web, robotics, and many more. Developments in PLP include new languages that combine logic programming with probability theory as well as algorithms that operate over programs in these formalisms.

PLP is part of a wider current interest in probabilistic programming. By promoting probabilities as explicit programming constructs, inference, parameter estimation and learning algorithms can be run over programs which represent highly structured probability spaces. Due to logic programming's strong theoretical underpinnings, PLP is one of the more disciplined areas of probabilistic programming. It builds upon and benefits from the large body of existing work in logic programming, both in semantics and implementation, but also presents new challenges to the field.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers in all aspects of probabilistic logic programming, including theoretical work, system implementations and applications. Interactions between theoretical and applied minded researchers are encouraged. The presence of this workshop at ILP is intended to encourage collaboration with researchers from the field of Inductive Logic Programming.


  • March 20th 2018: Invited Speakers announced.
  • March 16th 2018: Join us in the RAID2018 group to receive all the latest news immediately.
  • January 17th 2018: Submission instructions and Important Dates are online.
  • December 20th 2017: the Program Committee is online.

Co-located Events

The workshop is part of the Relational Artificial Intelligence Days (RAID) organized in Ferrara, which include:

  • Before - ACAI Summer School 2018: Courses on Statistical Relational Artificial Intelligence, 27th - 31st August 2018
  • After - ILP 2018: Inductive Logic Programming Conference, 2nd - 4th September 2018


The workshop will take place in the city center. For more information about getting to Ferrara, please see here.



Invited Speakers

Riccardo Zese, University of Ferrara, Italy
Angelika Kimmig, Cardiff University, UK

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 11th June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 11th July 2018
Camera ready version due: 27th July 2018
Workshop: Sat 1 September 2018
(the deadline for all dates is 23:59 BST)


Submissions will be managed via EasyChair (
Contributions should be prepared in the LNCS style. A mixture of papers are sought including: new results, work in progress as well as technical summaries of recent substantial contributions. Papers presenting new results should be 6-12 pages in length. Work in progress and technical summaries can be shorter (2-5 pages). The workshop proceedings will clearly indicate the type of each paper.

At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the workshop to present the contribution.





Special Issue

We are planning to publish a Special Issue on Probabilistic Logic Programming in the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning (IJAR), collecting submissions of extended versions of papers presented at the workshop as well as new submissions on all topics of the workshop.

Program Committee

Krysia Broda (Imperial College, UK)
Henning Christiansen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Fabio Cozman (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Luke Dickens (University College London, UK)
Sriraam Natarajan (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
Matthias Nickles (National University of Ireland, Ireland)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
Chung-chieh Shan (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

Senior Committee

Nicos Angelopoulos (Sanger Institute, UK)
Vitor Santos Costa (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
James Cussens (University of York, UK)
Arjen Hommersom (Open University, The Netherlands)
Angelika Kimmig (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Evelina Lamma (University of Ferrara, Italy)
David Poole (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Luc De Raedt (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Fabrizio Riguzzi (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Alessandra Russo (Imperial College, UK)
Joost Vennekens (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Program Chairs

Elena Bellodi (Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy)
Tom Schrijvers (Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, Belgium)