News at the University of New Brunswick

Turing100 lecture series

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 7, 2012

Category: myUNB , UNB Saint John

A lecture series organized to spark the imaginations of budding scientists, and to recognize the accomplishments of Alan Turing, continues next week with two events.

Dr. Srinivas (Srini) Sampalli's, professor in the faculty of computer science at the Dalhousie University, lecture - Smartphones + Cloud Computing + Near Field Communications (NFC): Will this be the next big wave in wireless - will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Hazen Hall Lecture Hall on the UNB Saint John campus. 

Jake Van der Lann's, director of enforcement, N.B. Securities Commission, lecture - How to Catch Online Bad Guys - will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Hazen Hall Lecture Hall as well.

Alan Turing was born in London in 1912.  Educated at Sherborne School in Dorset and at King's College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1934 with a degree in mathematics.  He passed away twenty years later, after a short but brilliant career.

Time Magazine listed him among the 20th Century's 100 greatest minds alongside the Wright brothers, Albert Einstein, James Watson and Alexander Fleming, the inventor of penicillin.
Best known as the genius who broke Germany’s most secret codes during World War II, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. 

At a time when the term 'computer' meant nothing more than a human clerk who sat at a desk doing calculations with paper and pencil, Turing envisioned a ‘universal computing machine’ that changed the world.

Future speakers in this series include Dr. Manuela Velosa.

All talks are open to the public and admission is free.