Turing’s Legacy — Computing: The Turing Award 2011

Days to Centenary: 254

The Turing Award is widely known as the “Nobel Prize” of computing.  It is an annual award given since 1966 by the Association for Computing Machinery [Wikipedia link | home page] to:

“an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field”

The award receives finanacial support from both Intel and Google and includes a $250,000.00 ($US) monetary component.

The 2011 Turing Award goes to Leslie G. Valiant, a British researcher who is currently  T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

In the video below, Intel Labs Fellow Shekhar Borkar gives some background on the award, on Intel’s support for it, and on the man who took this year’s prize.

Meanwhile, on a page within the Association for Computing Machinery site you can watch the entirety of Professor Valiant’s Turing Award lecture (51:43, excellent sound).  Click the link above and scroll down to find the lecture video. As I post this I’m about halfway through the lecture and so far it is clear and well stated, even for a non-specialist listener.  It refers to some technical mathematical matters, but theyre few, and it is largely comprehensible to a non-mathematician.

ACM CEO John White, Shekar Borkar, Intel Fellow, Alfred Spector, Google VP Research and Special Initiatives, Turing winner Leslie G. Valiant, Harvard University, and ACM President Alain Chesnais

ACM CEO John White, Shekar Borkar, Intel Fellow, Alfred Spector, Google VP Research and Special Initiatives, Turing winner Leslie G. Valiant, Harvard University, and ACM President Alain Chesnais

I wonder who the lucky devil will be to win the Turing Award in 2012, the Alan Turing Year.  That kind of chance won’t come around again for another hundred years.

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  1. Pingback: The Turing Test Is Not Enough | The Turing Centenary

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