The 16th LPAR event was held in Africa for the very first time, signalling a bright future for a conference with a glowing history. For many years it was a goal of the steering committee to hold LPAR in Africa and the enthusiasm for our presence far exceeded our expectations. With the help of local organiser Waly Faye, LPAR integrated itself into the surrounding culture and atmosphere, allowing participants to enjoy a collage of music, dancing, food, and logic.
Organisational issues caused LPAR 16, originally intended to be held in 2009, to be delayed to 2010. Despite this, LPAR 16 received 47 submissions. Each submission was reviewed by at least 4, and on average 4.1, programme committee members. The committee members decided to accept 27 regular papers and 9 short papers. They deliberated electronically via the EasyChair system, which continued to provide a platform for smoothly carrying out all aspects of the program selection and finalization and conference registration. It has been a tradition of LPAR to invite some of the most influential researchers in its focus area to discuss their work and their vision for the field. This year’s distinguished speakers were Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami, USA) and Michel Parigot (PPS, France). This volume contains the revised versions of the accepted full papers as well as the full text of Geoff Sutcliffe’s talk.
This conference would not have been possible without the hard work of the many people who relentlessly handled the local arrangements, especially Wale Faye, who offered us the full hospitality of his country, village and extended family. We are most grateful to the 32 members of the Program Committee, who did an excellent job in handling the submissions, and the additional reviewers, who assisted them in their evaluations. We greatly appreciate the generous support of our sponsors, the Office of Naval Research and Microsoft Research. We are also especially grateful to Michael Gabbay for organising, drafting and compiling these proceedings. Finally we are grateful to the authors, the invited speakers and the attendees who made this conference an enjoyable and fruitful event.