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Schemas and semantics for Higher Inductive Types

Presented by: 
Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine Stockholm University
Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 16:00 to 17:00
INI Seminar Room 1

Higher inductive types are now an established tool of homotopy type theory, but many important questions about them are still badly-understood, including:

  • can we set out a scheme defining “general HITs”, analogously to how CIC defines “general inductive types”?
  • can we find a small specific collection of HITs from which one can construct “all HITs”, analogously to how the type-formers of MLTT suffice for inductive types?
  • how can we model HITs (specific or general) in interesting homotopical settings?

I will survey these questions and present what I know of progress on them (in particular, the cell monads semantics of Lumsdaine/Shulman; I will also open the floor for interested audience members to briefly present other current work on these topics.

Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons