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TUCS Distinguished Lecture on 27.9.: Jan van Leeuwen

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 13.15

ICT Building, Auditorium Lambda
Coffee served from 12:45

Jan van Leeuwen, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands: "What is Computation?"

Host: Ion Petre, Åbo Akademi University

Abstract: Various new ideas have developed lately about computation. Do we actually know what it is, despite what Turing told us? Are ‘abstract state machines’ the answer? Do Valiant's ecorithms count as computation? We will survey a number of issues in the Philosophy of Computing and present a new, epistemological view of computation that may radically change our understanding of computational processes (joint research with J. Wiedermann). What are the challenges for computer science?

The 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.