Clayton Baker, soon-to-be Master’s graduate in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, has been selected to attend the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum  (HLF). The Forum is a networking conference that will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from 18-23 September 2022. Only 200 young mathematics and computer science researchers are chosen annually from a pool of competitive international applicants to participate in the forum. At the HLF, winners of the Fields Medal, the Abel Prize, the ACM A. M. Turing Award, the Nevanlinna Prize and the ACM Prize in Computing are invited to attend. Young researchers get the opportunity to interact with established researchers and career role models during lectures, panels and discussions. The format of the HLF encourages interdisciplinary and inspired scientific exchange, against the backdrop of the historic university town of Heidelberg.
Clayton is part of the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning research group at UCT. His Master's thesis title is “An Empirical Investigation for Patterns of Belief Change in Human Reasoning”. The thesis builds on previous work investigating the relationship between postulates of belief revision and belief update with human reasoning. The postulates’ plausibility was established through surveying concrete reasoning examples with human reasoners. Clayton's goal is to complete a Ph.D. that explores this topic further. The 9th HLF will provide Clayton with a unique opportunity to network, on a global stage, with young researchers and prize-winners who share a passion for cultivating cutting-edge mathematics and computer science research.