Golden Jubilee Thematic Lectures in Theoretical Computer Science

In celebration of IMSc's 50th year, the theoretical computer science group is planning to have thematic lectures aimed at college teachers and students, one Saturday every month.

The topic for August is 'A celebration of Turing' and is scheduled for August 25, 2012 at Ramanujan Auditorium, IMSc.

The British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) gave the first mathematical model of computing, founded artificial intelligence, and contributed to several areas of mathematics, science and technology. His code breaking work during World War II is said to have changed the course of the War. As a part of the Golden Jubilee Thematic Lectures, IMSc celebrates the centenary of Turing with a day of lectures on his life and work, aimed at college teachers and students. All are welcome. If you wish to participate, to help us with the logistics, please send an email to kamal at

Detailed schedule below.

Time Title Speaker
10:00 - 10:15
Life of Turing
R. Ramanujam, IMSc Chennai
10:15 - 11:15
Turing and `effective procedure'
R. Ramanujam, IMSc Chennai
11:15 - 11:45 Tea/Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:45
Turing and undecidability
Kamal Lodaya, IMSc Chennai
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Turing and the science of life
Sitabhra Sinha, IMSc Chennai
15:00 - 15:30
Turing and code breaking
S. P. Suresh, Chennai Mathematical Institute
15:30 - 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
A special surprise!

Earlier thematic Lectures
The first of these was on Saturday, March 17th on the theme
Aha! Divide and Conquer.
The second of these was on Saturday, April 21st on the theme Randomization in Computer Science.
The third of these was on Saturday, May 19th on the theme Graphs: Explorations and Algorithms.
The fourth of these was on Saturday, June 23rd on the theme Concurrency in the Multicore Age.
The fifth of these was on Saturday, July 21st on the theme Automata in the Real World.