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``Exploring the Scientific Nature of the Information and Computing Sciences''

Computer science (or: Informatics) is reaching into every facet of science, industry, business and society. New developments continuously challenge our understanding of the field as a science. What is its scientific core? What are its fundamental questions? What can the computational lens tell us about the world? The Center focuses on (a) the study of computational models and theories for understanding complex systems and their computational foundation and (b) the philosophy of informatics, as part of the general philosophy of science.

The Center for Philosophy of Computer Science is headed by professor Jan van Leeuwen, and is part of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University (division Artificial Intelligence).


We have a long-standing interest in the algorithmics and applied philosophy of the information and computing sciences, the implications and trends of ICT, and their application in industry and society. See also our research on algorithm design and analysis in the Center for Algorithmic Systems.



Reports, papers, and seminars

Recent books

Philosophical pointers and diversions

Alan Turing

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Philosophy of the Information and Computing Sciences

This creation of this website was partially supported by The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Lorentz Center (International Center for workshops in the Sciences).

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Last changed: March 2015.