CSD8 @ Mons

Computers in Scientific Discovery 8 (CSD8)

Scope and goals of the conference

The Computers in Scientific Disovery (CSD) conferences gather researchers making connections between mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology and physics. In particular the meetings emphasise on how computers can help researchers in Science, by the use of specific implementation and softwares. However, CSD conferences focus not only on applications but also on the mechanisms and the philosophy of the scientific discovery activities, such as conjecture-making or proof-writing.

To this end, CSD meetings are used to bring together discovery software developpers and scientific users. The eighth edition of CSD has been held in Mons (Belgium) in August 2017 and welcomed all contributions in this direction. It aimed to offer a multidisciplinary and fruitful environnement to strengthen existing collaborations and hatching new ones.


The Computers in Scientific Discovery series of workshops and conferences started at DIMACS with the workshop on Discrete Mathematical Chemistry (New Brunswick, USA, 1998) and the subsequent working group on Computer-Generated Conjectures from Graph Theoretic and Chemical Databases (New Brunswick, USA, 2001). Today, these DIMACS events can be seen as CSD1 and already gathered researchers from several continents and fields (mainly, discrete mathematics, computer science and chemistry).

CSD2 was actually called Computers and Discovery (Montreal, Canada, 2004) and focused on conjecture-making systems and on the process of conjecture-making. Computers in Scientific Discovery 3 (Ghent, Belgium, 2006) was the first meeting of the series to use the current title and was the first to be held in Europe. As in the previous meetings, there was a focus on theoretical and mathematical chemistry applications but the scope of CSD was also extended to mathematical biology and bioinformatics. Then, Computers in Scientific Discovery 4 was organised in Asia (Shanghai, China, 2008) and went further in the study of the relations between mathematics, computer science and biosciences. Computers and Scientific Discovery 5 (Sheffield, UK, 2010) further expanded the scope of the series with talks in graph theory, computer science, chemistry, bioinformatics, physics and communications engineering. Similarly, Computers and Scientific Discovery 6 (Portorož, Slovenia, 2012) and Computers and Scientific Discovery 7 (Richmond,USA, 2015) continued the multidisciplinary focus of the CSD conferences by building bridges between several fields of Science.

The web sites of previous CSD that are still available (with scientific programs, list of speakers, etc.) can be found by clicking on the Previous conferences tab above.

Format of the conference

There is deliberately only one session and the length of the talks (30 min for contributed talks and 60 min for plenary talks) are sufficiently long to allow to put subjects in context (which is necessary in a multidisciplinary meeting). There will be also time for discussions. This is why the number of talks will be limited.

Dates and Location

Wednesday August 23, 2017 to Friday August 25 2017.

University of Mons, Mons, Belgium.

Keynote speakers


Prof. Hadrien Mélot

Algorithms Lab, Computer Science Department
Faculty of Science, University of Mons, Belgium

Local Organising Committee

  • Prof. Thomas Brihaye
  • Gauvain Devillez
  • Pierre Hauweele
  • Prof. Martine Labbé (ULB)
  • Fanny Lallemand

Scientific committee

  • Prof. Thomas Brihaye (University of Mons, Belgium)
  • Prof. Gunnar Brinkmann (University of Ghent, Belgium)
  • Prof. Patrick Fowler (Sheffield University, UK)
  • Prof. Klavdija Kutnar (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
  • Prof. Martine Labbé (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Prof. Craig Larson (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
  • Prof. Hadrien Mélot (University of Mons, Belgium)
  • Prof. Tomaž Pisanski (University of Lubjana, Slovenia)
  • Prof. Christophe Troestler (University of Mons, Belgium)

Ghent Graph Theory Workshop

The Ghent Graph Theory Workshop on Structure and Algorithms will be organized in Ghent (Belgium) a few days before CSD8 (16-18 August 2017). The dates of this workshop have been chosen to allow interested people to participate to both events by extending their stay in Belgium.