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Turing100@NL

5 okt 2012
Europe/Amsterdam
Locatie, plaats: 
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Speakers at Turing100@NL include Turing biographer Andrew Hodges and science journalist Bennie Mols about his new book 'Turing's Tango'. The theatre group, University Players from Hamburg, will perform the play "Breaking the Code", inspired by the life and work of Alan Turing.

Schedule:

  • 11:30-12:15 Antonia Kolokolova (St. John's, Canada)
  • 12:15-13:30 Lunch and VvL Ledenvergadering
  • 13:30-14:15 Jan van Leeuwen (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • 14:15-15:00 Liesbeth De Mol (Gent, Belgium)
  • 15:00-15:30 Tea Break
  • 15:30-16:15 Andrew Hodges (Oxford, U.K.)
  • 16.15 - 16.30 Tea Break
  • 16:30-17:15 Bennie Mols (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 17:15-19:30 Dinner Break
  • 19:30-21:30 Theatre performance: Breaking the Code, play by Hugh Whitemore, performed by The University Players from Hamburg.

 

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.