Jacopo Emmenegger: Exact completion and type-theoretic structures

Time: Fri 2019-01-18 13.00

Location: Room 14, House 5, Kräftriket, Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University

Doctoral student: Jacopo Emmenegger , Mathematics

Opponent: Maria Emilia Maietti (Università di Padova)

Supervisor: Erik Palmgren

This thesis consists of four papers and is a contribution to the study of representations of extensional properties in intensional type theories using, mainly, the language and tools from category theory. Our main focus is on exact completions of categories with weak finite limits as a category-theoretic description of the setoid construction in Martin-Löf's intensional type theory.
Paper I, which is joint work with Erik Palmgren, provides sufficient conditions for such an exact completion to produce a model of the system CETCS (Constructive Elementary Theory of the Category of Sets), a finite axiomatisation of the theory of well-pointed locally cartesian closed pretoposes with a natural numbers object and enough projectives. In particular, we use a condition inspired by Aczel's set-theoretic Fullness Axiom to obtain the local cartesian closure of an exact completion. As an application, we obtain a simple uniform proof that the category of setoids is a model of CETCS.

Paper II was prompted by the discovery of an overlooked issue in thecharacterisation of local cartesian closure for exact completions due to Carboni and Rosolini. In this paper we clarify the problem, show that their characterisation is still valid when the base category has finite limits, and provide a complete solution in the general case of a
category with weak finite limits.

In paper III we generalise the approach used in paper I to obtain the local cartesian closure of an exact completion to arbitrary categories with finite limits. We then show how this condition inspired by the Fullness Axiom naturally arises in several homotopy categories and apply this result to obtain the local cartesian closure of the exact completion of the homotopy category of spaces, thus answering a question left open by Marino Gran and Enrico Vitale.

Finally, in paper IV we abandon the pure category-theoretic approach and instead present a type-theoretic construction, formalised in Coq, of W-types in the category of setoids from dependent W-types in the underlying intensional theory. In particular, contrary to previous approaches, this construction does not require the assumption of
Uniqueness of Identity Proofs nor recursion into a type universe.

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