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Alan Turing Portrait

An Interdisciplinary Centre for Turing Studies

Alan Turing did revolutionary work in multiple fields, including mathematical logic, mathematics, cryptography, computer science, philosophy of computing, philosophy of mathematics, mathematical biology & artificial life, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science & philosophy of mind. The Turing Centre at ETH Zurich is a unique interdisciplinary research and teaching unit for Turing Studies. It fosters investigation of Turing's groundbreaking ideas and the 21st century advances arising from them (including biological computing, quantum computing and encryption, and digital humanities). Like Turing himself, the Centre also engages in public debate about the impact of information technology on society. ETH's leading researchers and dedication to blue-sky science provide an ideal environment for the Centre.

ETH News interview with the founders of the Turing Centre Zurich: 'Alan Turing's Ideas still Influence Research'



New publication: Two TCZ members, Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot, are leading authors of a major book on Turing just published by Oxford University Press: The Turing Guide. It is described by New Scientist as "definitive ... captures his extraordinary diversity for the first time ... pretty much the last word on the subject". Read more

TCZ member contributes to volume on "The Once and Future Turing".

TCZ members organize Spring Research Seminar 2017, 2nd Lecture on 19th of May 2017

Turing-relevant Workshop: Moral Machines? Ethical Implications of Contemporary Robotics, read more
Interview with guest Speaker Joanna Bryson in the Tages-Anzeiger (in German)

Upcoming Turing-relevant courses for the spring semester 2017

TCZ members organize Autmun Research Seminar 2016

Listening to the music of Turing's computer: Jack Copeland et al. BBC News, 1 October 2016   

TCZ members organize Spring Research Seminar 2016, 1st Lecture on 7 April 2016

TCZ members organize The Ada Lovelace Bicentenary Lectures on Computability, 10 Dec 2015 - 31 Jan 2016.

New book on computability theory: Giovanni Sommaruga and Thomas Strahm (eds.), Turing's Revolution. The Impact of His Ideas about Computability, Basel, Birkhäuser / Springer International Publ., 2016.

September 2015-January 2016: Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot are Fellows of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and are part of a Research Group on computability.

IACAP announces Jack Copeland as the recipient of the 2016 Covey Award for his work in philosophy and computing.

New research on history of electronics: Jack Copeland, ‘The True History of the Traveling-Wave Tube’, IEEE Spectrum 52(9): 38-43, 2015.

Turing’s last words on the imitation game: Diane Proudfoot, ‘What Turing himself said about the imitation game’, IEEE Spectrum 52(7): 42-47, 2015.

Turing vs Hawking on the risks of AI: Diane Proudfoot, ‘Mocking AI Panic’, IEEE Spectrum 52(7): 46-47, 2015.

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