ESSLLI Students vs. Lecturers Football Match
The van Benthem Cup
|Date: ||Monday 16th August 2004
|Venue: ||Complex Sportif des Aiguilletes (corner of the rue du
Jardin Botanique and the Boulevard des Aiguilletes, 200
meters from the ESSLLI site)
History of the van Benthem Cup
There can be little doubt that the van Benthem cup, the trophy awarded
to the winners of the annual ESSLLI students versus lecturers football
match, is one of the world's most remarkable sporting fixtures. Why?
Because it is one of the few sporting events known where with
monotonous regularity, age triumphs (spectacularly) over youth.
Founded in the dim and distant mists of ESSLLI's uncharted past, as
the years have rolled by the event has assumed mythic status. Year
after year the students rally their best players, and pit themselves
against the lecturers. And year after year they are routed.
Who can forget the match in Helsinki (ESSLLI 2001) when, under the
captaincy of Johan "Holes" Bos, the lecturers forged to a 40-0 (some
say 50-0) victory over the hapless students? As Johan lightly quipped
after the match: "Some people doubt the power of underspecification
methods in computational semantics. I think today's result puts the
"Holes" Bos just before scoring the 40th (some say 50th) goal.
Uli is here shooting a pennalty. During this short pause in the game
Ian proved that the description logic IQFR(X) is undecidable for X
greater than 11 players.
And who can forget the epic battle in Vienna
(ESSLLI 2003) which was not merely lecturers versus students, but
lecturers in description logic versus students! The mighty Ulrike
Sattler and Ian Horrocks were pitted single-handed against a team of
40 students! Realizing instantly how unfair these odds were, the
doughty description duo sportingly offered to design, implement, and
test a novel optimization method for the FACT theorem proving system
while playing! But (predictably) even this magnanimous offer was not
enough, and (yet again) the student's team plunged to defeat.
Now, ESSLLI 2004 in Nancy is the 16th ESSLLI. And we must admit, that
after 15 straight losses by the student team, doubts were expressed as
to whether it was worthwhile holding the match this year. But then (as
the lecturers pointed out) even if the outcome cannot be in doubt, it
seems unfair to rob the students of the opportunity to confront true
So there you have it. You're a student? You're here at ESSLLI? You
want to learn what football is really about? Now's your chance. You
can sign up for the match at the ESSLLI desk.
Panoramic view of the Complex Sportif des Aiguilletes with
the local organization team training for the match of Monday 16th of August