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AISB event Bulletin Item


Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam

The year 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of Alan M. Turing, one of the fathers of the modern 
computer, a key figure in the decryption of the secret codes of the Nazis in the second world war, 
and a contributor of key ideas to many areas of modern science, in particular in the mathematical 
sciences. All over the world, researchers are celebrating the 100th birthday of this great and 
inspiring scientist by workshops and conferences. Given that Turing laid the foundations to so many
different research areas (from logic via computability to artificial intelligence), these events 
tend to be very interesting interdisciplinary events, bringing together researchers from different 

The Nederlandse Vereniging voor Logica & Wijsbegeerte der Exacte Wetenschappen
(VvL) decided to add an opportunity for the Dutch community of researchers to engage in similarly 
fruitful discussions and have a meeting that will put Turing's achievements into a contemporary 
research context in Amsterdam in October 2012. Our meeting will be open for all researchers in the 
fields of logic, artificial intelligence, history of computing, and theoretical computer science; 
it will serve as a forum for Dutch researchers to meet international top experts. The meeting is 
funded by NWO. will feature five speakers, two from history of computing, two from the research 
areas resting on Turing's ideas, and the science journalist Bennie Mols who published the book 
Turings Tango. Waarom de mens de computer de baas blijft. In the evening, the University Players 
Hamburg will perform Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code about Alan Turing's life and work:


     Dr. Andrew Hodges is a fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and currently its Dean. His 
mathematical work is in mathematical physics, but he is mostly known as the most important 
biographer of Alan Turing. His biography Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983) has been translated 
into several languages (winning the Premio Letterario Giovanni Comisso). It has also been 
dramatised (as Breaking the Code) for stage and television (see below). His work shows how the 
historical roots of modern technology lie in mathematical discovery and weaves it together with 
Alan Turing's life and consciousness as a gay man.

     Prof. Dr. Antonina Kolokolova is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science 
of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her research is in theoretical computer science,
in particular complexity theory and its connection to bounded arithmetic and finite model theory. 
She received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Stephen Cook. 
Kolokolova is well known for her very clear presentations on the connections between logic and the 
big open questions of complexity theory: these connections relate very closely to Turing's own work.

     Prof. Dr. Jan van Leeuwen has recently retired from his position as professor for computer 
science at the Universiteit Utrecht where he was vice-dean for the natural sciences in the Faculty 
of Sciences. His research spans large areas of theoretical computer science (algorithms, formal 
methods, automata theory) and reaches into the theory and even the philosophy of information.

     Dr. Liesbeth De Mol is postdoctoral researcher at the Universiteit Gent in Belgium at the 
Centrum voor Wetenschapsgeschiedenis. She is one of the most prominent researchers in the history 
of computing in her generation, playing a central role in the recent surge of research activity of 
the field (she was one of the organizers of the conference HAPOC 2011 in Gent and will be one of 
the organizers of the 2012 Turing event at the Royal Academy in Brussels). Her research is 
characterized by an interesting blend of historical precision and technical investigation of both 
the physical reality of historical computers and the mathematical properties of models of computation.

     Dr. Bennie Mols is a free-lance science journalist, writing for such publications as NRC 
Handelsblad, Natuurwetenschap & Techniek, KIJK, De Standaard, and others. He published books about 
science such as "Geestdrift: Wat Cognitiewetenschappers Bezielt" and "Omringd door Informatica". 
In March 2012, his new book "Turings Tango: Waarom de Mens de Computer de Baas Blijft" will be 
published. by De Nieuw Amsterdam publishers.