Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Emeritus researcher to speak at RAC Sept. 23.

American computer scientist and mathematician Dr. Gregory Chaitin will be giving a special presentation Sept. 23 at the Institute for Quantum Computing, during a week-long visit to Ontario.Chaitin, an Emeritus researcher at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, has made significant contributions to algorithmic information theory, including defining his own incompleteness theorem in response to Gödel's incompleteness theorems.
 
He also writes on the topics of metaphysics and the philosophy of mathematics."I consider myself to be a computer programmer who does mathematics as a hobby, a computer programming professional and amateur mathematician," Chaitin wrote in 2007, in a short biographical essay. "I do not consider myself a philosopher. I have been forced to face some philosophical issues because of the kind of mathematics I do."
 
Chaitin will be presenting a talk titled "Algorithmic information as a fundamental concept in physics, mathematics & biology."The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 at noon in RAC 2009.

About IQC: Founded in 2002, the mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing(IQC) is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques.

A part of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont., Canada, IQC creates a truly unique environment fostering cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.
 
At the time of this release, IQC has 17 faculty members, 22 postdoctoral fellows and over 55 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 18. The Institute for Quantum Computing acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through Industry Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
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