June 23, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth. The ACM A.M. Turing Award, given by ACM since 1966 in recognition of contributions to computing and computer science, is widely held to be the most prestigious award in computing. To celebrate the Turing Centenary ACM is organizing a special event on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, 2012, immediately preceding the ACM 2012 Awards Banquet on Saturday, where the 2011 ACM A.M. Turing Award will be presented.
The ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Clebration program centers on the ACM A.M. Turing Award winners, thirty-three of whom will attend and participate in the Celebration. The Technical Program, currently under development, includes moderated panels and invited talks from select speakers and focuses on Alan Turing's contributions, as well as the history, and the future of computing. By bringing together so many ACM A.M. Turing Award winners to reflect on Alan Turing's contribution and share their views on the past and future of computing, the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration will engage researchers, academics, students, and the public in a conversation about the importance and direction of our discipline.
The event is free but registration is required. It will take place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, with the Technical Program spanning Friday and half of Saturday. On Friday evening there will be a reception for ACM A.M. Turing Award and other ACM Award winners, ACM leaders, and all registered attendees of the Centenary Celebration. Registration, which includes the Friday Reception, is limited to 700 attendees with at least 100 spots reserved for students. Please note, however, that registration does not include the ACM 2012 Awards Banquet.
The Organizing Committee for this event comprises of representatives from eleven of ACM's research SIGs. The General Chair for the event is Vint Cerf (2004 Turing Award Winner). The Co‐Programs Chairs are Mike Schroder (Microsoft Research Silicon Valley), John Thomas (IBM Watson), and Moshe Vardi (Rice University). The Committee is currently developing the Technical Program for the Celebration.
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