AISB event Bulletin Item
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Turing100.nl, 5 Oct 2012, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
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 disciplines. 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. turing100.nl 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: http://www.math.uni-hamburg.de/BreakingTheCode/ Speakers: 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.