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Turing in Context, King's College, Cambridge, 18-19 février 2012

Turing in Context
King's College
Cambridge, England
18-19 February 2012


In the year 2012, the academic world will celebrate Alan Turing's
(1912-1954) birth centenary as the Alan Turing Year. Turing, who was on
the Time Magazine's list of the 100 most important people of the 20th
century, has revolutionized several fields by his seminal contributions
to the theory of computation (the Turing machine), the practical
applications of that theory by building the first digital computers,
cryptography, and artificial intelligence (the Turing test). Turing's
special role for science in the 20th century and his sad premature death
made him an icon whose recognition goes beyond his immediate scientific
impact (consider, e.g., the British Prime Minister's public apology to
Turing in September 2009).

The event "Turing in Context" will highlight the many contributions of
Alan Turing for a general academic audience, in particular for
undergraduate and postgraduate students of all fields, and put these
contributions in a historical context. Our seven speakers will cover
topics such as British war intelligence, discrimination laws, pattern
formation in biological systems, artificial intelligence, as well as
logic and foundations of computing.

The event Turing in Context is hosted by Turing's former college in
Cambridge, King's College and is generously funded by the Isaac Newton
Institute and the AISB.

Henk Barendregt (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Sue Black (University College London, U.K.)
David Gondek (Thomas J. Watson Research Center, U.S.A.)
Leslie Moran (Birkbeck College, U.K.)
Julian Richards (Buckingham University, U.K.)
Raul Rojas (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
Angela Stevens (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany)

All members of Cambridge University, in particular all students at
King's College, are cordially invited to join us for this celebration.
Attendance is free, but since there is only limited seating capacity in
Keynes Hall, we ask for advance registration by sending an e-mail to
Jenny Mackay with the subject line "Registration
for Turing in Context, 18-19 Feb 2012". Acceptance is on a first-come
first-served basis.

The event will take place in Keynes Hall at King's College. There will
be an exhibition of Turing-related items from the archives of King's
College in the adjacent Chatwynd Room during the event.


On Friday, 17 February 2012, Dr. David Gondek from IBM Research will
give a general audience presentation on the famous Watson project:

In October 2012, there will be a research-based follow-up event entitled
Turing in Context II with talks for specialists at the Royal Flemish
Academy of Belgium in Brussels:

Sponsors. TiC@Kings is organized as part of the Alan Turing Year 2012
and sponsored by the King's College of our Lady and Saint Nicholas in
Cambridge, the Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, and
the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of
Behaviour (AISB).

Organizers. Liesbeth De Mol (Gent), Benedikt Löwe (Amsterdam & Hamburg),
Ken Moody (Cambridge), Giuseppe Primiero (Gent).

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