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INFORMATICA / COMPUTER SCIENCE
CENTER for PHILOSOPHY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE -
``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
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.
- Computation: interactive algorithms, algorithmic mechanisms, intelligent
algorithms, non-classical computing.
- Complexity: computational complexity, resource-bounded agents, non-uniform
- Design: algorithmic thinking, information architecture, algorithmic modeling
e.g. in AI and the sciences.
- Philosophy of Informatics: foundations of informatics, understanding
computation, nature of information technology, perspectives.
- S.B. Cooper and J. van Leeuwen (Eds), Alan Turing:
His Work and Impact, Elsevier, 2013 (now available,
See also: R.R. Hawkins Award
Instant Expert: Alan
Turing's legacy (New Scientist,
The imitation game (USA Today, 2014).
Theory of computation
(Lipton & Regan),
Bits and pieces (Lewis),
- Updates: Ars Technica,
Sixth sense tech (TED,
Deluge of data
shapes new era in computing (Gray, 2007),
- APA newsletter: Philosophy
Reports, papers, and seminars
- Alan Turing: His Work and Impact (Cooper, van
computing - The fourth great scientific domain (Rosenbloom, 2013).
- Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and
in a Complex World (Valiant, 2013).
Computing and Information Science (Hagengruber, Riss, eds, 2014).
- The Science of Computing: Shaping a Discipline (Tedre, 2014, to
Philosophical pointers and diversions
Scientific information / Search tools
- Conferences vs journals: Where to send your paper?.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP),
Computers and Information Technology (Encyclopedia Smithsonian),
History of computers (Hitmill).
UU library (Utrecht University),
ACM portal (ACM),
ACM digital lib (ACM),
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS, see also here),
Electronic Notes in TCS
Science Direct (Elsevier).
DBLP (Trier, also: old format),
Computer science bibliographies.
- Search engines:
- Archives: e-Print archive (arXiv),
CoRR (computing research
repository), computer science
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: July 2014.