HKCS celebrates birth centenary of Turing

Anuradha Shukla | May 25, 2012
Will hold series of events in 2012 to honour the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) will hold series of events in 2012 to celebrate the birth centenary of Alan Turing, the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

This year is named the Alan Turing Year and many events are scheduled to be held all over the world to praise his contribution to science and human civilisation.

Celebrations will be held in Hong Kong, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) will launch a series of science talk in 2012. It recently invited professor Barry Cooper, chair of Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC) and professor of Mathematical Logic from University of Leeds.

"HKCS aims at raising public awareness and their interest in IT through a better understanding of Alan Turing and his great contribution to human civilisation, thus driving the advancement of information technology in Hong Kong," said Stephen Lau, JP, president of HKCS.

Public talks

Professor Cooper presented a pubic talk on 23 May on "Alan Turing and the Computing Revolution: Ten Big Ideas that Changed the World."

During this free admission talk, he introduced Turing's life, his contribution to the birth of the computer, and the impact on human life to Hong Kong people. He also gave an overview of global Turing Year activities during this event.

Established in 1970, the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) is a non-profit professional organisation that strives to improve and develop Hong Kong's information technology (IT) industry.

"HKCS has launched before a series of popular science talk, called Turing Trilogy on a) Universal Turing Machine; b) breaking the Enigma code; and c) the Turing Test, delivered by Mr. Cambridge Wong, IT specialist and one of the first graduates in computer science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Later this year in June and November, HKCS will co-organise exhibitions on Alan Turing," said Lau.