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HaPoC Special Session at CiE 2017

The HaPoC Commission organizes a Special Session on History and Philosophy of Computing at the Computability in Europe Conference, to be held in Turku, June 12-16, 2017

Special Sessions

 

Topic: History and foundations of recursion, in memory of Rósza Péter.

Organized by Liesbeth De Mol (Lille, France) and Giuseppe Primiero (London, United Kingdom).

Speakers:

  • Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki, Finland)
    Gödel’s Reception of Turing’s Model of Computability: the Shift of Perception in 1934
  • Jan von Plato (University of Helsinki, Finland)
    Rosa Politzer and the beginnings of the theory of computable functions
  • Hector Zenil (University of Oxford, UK, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
    Computability and Causality
  • Cliff Jones (Newcastle University, UK)
    Turing’s 1949 paper in context

 

 

Communications of the ACM reports about HaPoC Commission

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Philosophy, like other disciplines in the humanities, enjoys a mutually enlightening relationship with history […] The philosophy of computer science, like other philosophy devoted to a particular subject, enjoys a mutually enlightening relationship with the history of that particular subject […] I have been pleasantly surprised to find research in the history of computing quite interesting, and can only hope for reciprocal generosity toward philosophy on the part of historians. With respect to computing, the international organization founded to bring together history and philosophy is HaPoC, the Commission on the History and Philosophy of Computing. Designated a Commission by both divisions of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (http://www.iuhpst.org), it aims to “enhance our understanding of computing by means of historical and philosophical explorations.” The dedicated and hard-working HaPoC leaders Liesbeth de Mol, of the Université de Lille, and Giuseppe Primiero, of Middlesex University London, explain how this came about.

Hosted by Robin K. Hill on the blog of Communications of the ACM , read the full article on HaPoC by Liesbeth de Mol and Giuseppe Primiero

LEO plaque unveiling in London

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Professor Frank Land and Dame Stephanie Shirley. Photo: LEO Computers Society

On November 29th 2016 we attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque for LEO – Lyons Electronic Office. The plaque is located in Lyons Walk, W14 0QH, former location of Cadby Hall, the factory complex and the headquarters of J. Lyons & Co and LEO I’s home in Hammersmith.

The engraved stone has been generously funded by Tony Morgan, who was Commissioning Manager at LEO Computers Ltd. and is now Technical Consultant to the LEO Computers Society.

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Middlesex University Donors Events

Middlesex University London held a Donors Event on 16 November 2016 to celebrate the students awarded with Scholarships and the Donors behind them.

On this occasion, Ms. Elisabetta Mori has been formally awarded with the David Tresman Caminer Scholarship in the History of Computing funded by the Association for Information Technology Trust.

The award certificate has been presented to Elisabetta by Mrs. Hilary Caminer and Mr. Peter Byford from the LEO Computer Society.

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Celebration of LEO I’s first routine job

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LEO I (Lyons Electronic Office). Source: Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

On November 29th, 2016 LEO Computer Society will unveil a plaque commemorating LEO I on the 65th anniversary of its first business routine run in Lyons Walk, Olympia, London. The location is close to the former location of Cadby Hall, the major office and factory complex in Hammersmith, London, which was the headquarters of J. Lyons & Co and LEO’s first home.

Eric Schmidt and LEO computers at LSE

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On Friday October 14th, 2016 the London School of Economics hosted Eric Schmidt in a public conversation with Chrisanthi Avgerou, with title: From LEO to DeepMind: Britain’s computing pioneers.

Eric Schmidt, American software engineer and businessman, is the executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc., American multinational conglomerate founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and parent company of Google, among others. As an intern at Bell Labs, Schmidt did a complete re-write of Lex, a software program to generate lexical analysers for the UNIX computer operating system. From 1997 to 2001, he was CEO of Novell. In 2001 Eric Schmidt joined Google, where he served as CEO until 2011 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology.

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Personal Computing: Olivetti P101 and Apple I in Pisa

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On October 8th, 2016, the Museum of Computing Machinery of Pisa University, during next Internet Festival (October 6-9, 2016) will host an event about the evolution of personal computing: “from Olivetti Programma 101 to Apple products”. Among the guests: Gastone Garziera and Giovanni De Sandre, part of the team of designers of P101, directed by Pier Giorgio Perotto. After the conference the newly restored P101 machines – property of the Museum – and an Apple I will be at work in a showcase open to the public.
Info: Dalla O alla A

From LEO to DeepMind @ London School of Economics

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LEO II/1 – Peter Wood at the tabulator and Kate Keen at the control desk. Source: Leo Computers Society

On Friday October 14th, 2016, 6.30-7.30 PM the London School of Economics is hosting the event:
From LEO to DeepMind: Britain’s computing pioneers, organized by the Department of Management LSE and LEO Computers Society.
Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt will discuss progress in CS education and digital skills, and the opportunities that flow from the next wave of British computing innovation in machine learning. Join Eric in conversation with Professor Chrisanthi Avgerou, Professor of Information Systems at LSE’s Department of Management and Programme Director of LSE’s MSc Management, Information Systems and Digital Innovation.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required: more info available on LSE website.

Paper presented @ HaPoP3

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A paper titled “Data Validation: a historical comparative study from the business computing industry” was presented by Rabia Arif and Giuseppe Primiero at the Third Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Programming, held at CNAM in Paris on 25th of June 2016. This paper represents the first results in the latest installment of the David Caminer Postgraduate Scholarship in Business Computing.