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TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series

TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum for public lectures by outstanding national and international researchers in all aspects of computing, coming both from academia and industry. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) is a joint research institute of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The research activity in TUCS is currently carried out through four research programmes:


17.6.2017 David Harel (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), "On odor reproduction and how to test for it"

17.6.2017 Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom (Leiden University, the Netherlands), "From DNA rearrangements in ciliates to elegant graph problems"

17.6.2017 Juraj Hromkovic (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland), "Why P vs. NP is so hard that even magicians failed to solve it"

17.6.2017 Natasha Jonoska (University of South Florida, USA), "Patterns emerging from a scrambled ciliate genome"

17.6.2017 Juhani Karhumäki (University of Turku, Finland), "k-Abelian equivalence – an equivalence relation in between the equality and the abelian equivalence"

17.6.2017 Jetty Kleijn (Leiden University, the Netherlands), "The spellbinding simplicity of complex reaction systems"

17.6.2017 Maciej Koutny (Newcastle University, UK), "Regions: the magic ingredient in synthesis of concurrent systems"

17.6.2017 Hermann Maurer (Avademia Europaea and Graz University of Technology, Austria), "Some unusual applications of computer science"

17.6.2017 Giancarlo Mauri (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), "Modelling and simulation of biochemical reaction systems"

17.6.2017 Gheorghe Paun (Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Romania), "Borderlines or limits? (in Natural Computing)"

17.6.2017 Azaria Paz (Technion, Israel), "Linked magic squares on a cube. Theme and variations"

17.6.2017 Moshe Vardi (Rice University, USA), "The automated-reasoning revolution: from theory to practice and back"

17.6.2017 Erik Winfree (Caltech, USA), "Chemical reaction networks and stochastic local search"

2.6.2017 Kalle Lyytinen (Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA) at 13:15, "Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing Innovation Management Research in a Digital World" [Details]

12.6.2015 Gheorghe Paun (Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy, Romania) at 10:15, "Looking for Computers in the Biological Cell. After Twenty Years" [Details] [Youtube]

22.5.2015 Shuvra S. Bhattacharyya (University of Maryland, USA) at 13:15, "Design and Implementation of Adaptive Stream Mining Systems using Lightweigth Dataflow Graphs" [Details]

18.5.2015 David Harel (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) at 13:15, "Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: One Person's Experience on Turing's Impact" [Details] [Youtube]

12.5.2015 Christian Fredrikson (F-Secure Corporation) at 14:00, "The Cyber-Arms Race" [Details] [Youtube]

27.3.2015 Rusins Freivald (University of Latvia) at 13:15, "Ultrametric Algorithms and Their Complexity" [Details] [Youtube]

23.1.2015 Arto Salomaa (University of Turku and Turku Centre for Computer Science, Finland) at 13:15, "A Personal Voyage Through the Last Half a Century of Science" [Details] [Youtube]

24.10.2014 Joseph Sifakis (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) at 13:15, "From Programs to Systems – Building a Smarter World" [Details] [Youtube]

15.5.2014 Teuvo Kohonen (Aalto University, Finland) at 13:15, "Data Management by Self-Organizing Maps" [Details] [Youtube]

25.4.2014 Heikki Topi (Bentley University, USA) at 13:15, "Moving Toward a Research Agenda for the Social, Economic, and Workforce Implications of Big Data Analytics and Decision Making" [Details] [Youtube]

4.4.2014 Johan Håstad (KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) at 13:15, "How hard is to find a good solution?" [Details] [Youtube]

14.3.2014 Antti Laine (Google Finland) at 13:15, "Sustainability of Data Centers"

24.2.2014 Jean-Raymond Abrial (Marseille, France) at 13:15, "Faultless Systems: Yes we can!" [Details]

25.10.2013 Axel Jantsch (KTH, Sweden) at 13:15, "The Rise and Fall of System-on-Chip: Driving Concepts and Trends in the Field of Integrated Circuits Between 1990 and 2020" [Details]

27.9.2013 Jan van Leeuwen (University of Utrecth, the Netherlands) at 13:15, "What is Computation?" [Details]

10.6.2013 Christos Papadimitriou (University of California at Berkeley, USA) at 13.15, "Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution" [Details]

26.2.2013 Kaj Arnö (SkySQL AB, Finland) at 15.00, "World class IT from Finland: Lessons from MySQL AB" [Details] [Bambuser]

3.12.2012 Masakazu Ohashi (Chuo University, Japan) at 13.15, "Business and IT operations continuance in Japan after the 2011 earthquake" [Details]

9.11.2012 Esko Ukkonen (University of Helsinki, Finland) at 13.15, "Stringology and Bioinformatics" [Details]

1.10.2012 Yuri Matiyasevich (Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Saint Petersburg, Russia) at 13.15, "Turing machines vs Diophantine machines" [Details]