Computation as information processing: The Turing machine model and natural computation


Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, the new President of IS4SI, will visit Vienna and participate in her role as Vice-Dean for doctoral education at the Department of Applied Information Technology at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, in the Workshop for Deans, Department Chairs and Research Directors at the 11th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2015).

Besides that meeting, she will present at the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) A Taxonomy of Computation and Information Architecture she has elaborated together with Mark Burgin. The question they try to answer is how the Turing model of computation relates to the processes of self-organisation of natural systems: Are they different or do they have something in common? That question is a fundamental one for the “Emergent systems, information and society” group – a joint group of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, and IS4IS – that was founded on the Vienna Summit last June with the task to extend a generic systems perspective to computer science issues. Gordana is member of that group.

The talk will be given on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 16:15-17:45, in the facilities of the OCG: Heinz Zemanek Saal, Wollzeile 1, 1010 Vienna. The entrance is free.

The event is organised by the BCSSS, the Austrian Computer Society Working Group Information Studies, and the Institute for Design and Technology Assessment of the TU Wien.


Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Chalmers University of Technology