Alan Turing was mathematician/engineer whose landmark and revolutionary contributions laid the foundations of computing and computer science that have had a transformational impact on science, engineering and society. Computer science is certainly at the basis of the dominant technology of our times. In the Infosys-ICTS Turing Lecture Series at ICTS, eminent computer scientists, biologists and engineers are invited to deliver lectures on significant developments in their areas.
Past Lectures
Michael I. Jordan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
04 July 2023, 16:30 to 17:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS
Lecture 1 (Public lecture) : Tuesday, 04 July 2023, 16:30 to 17:30 Lecture 2 : Wednesday, 05 July 2023, 09:30 to 10:30 Lecture 3 : Thursday, 06 July, 09:30 to 10:30 Title : An Alternative View on AI: Collaborative Learning, Incentives, Social Welfare, and Dynamics Abstract : Artificial intelligence...more
J. Srinivasan (Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru)
01 March 2022, 09:30 to 11:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall (and online)
Lecture 1: March 1, 2022 at 09:30 hrs Title: How stable is the earth’s climate? Abstract: The earth’s climate has undergone many fluctuations from decadal to million-year timescales. The present concern is regarding the impact of human actions on the earth’s climate. Can human actions lead to...more
Marc Mézard (Director of Ecole normale supérieure - PSL University )
06 January 2020, 16:00 to 17:30
Chandrasekhar Auditorium, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru
Lecture 1 (Public Lecture): 6 January 2020, 4:00 PM Title: Artificial intelligence: success, limits, myths and threats Abstract : Artificial Intelligence is about to have a dramatic impact on many sectors of human activity. In the last ten years, thanks to the development of machine learning in “...more
Frank Jülicher (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)
09 December 2019, 16:00 to 12 December 2019, 17:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru
Living matter is highly dynamic and organizes in complex patterns and spatial structures. Fundamental questions of biology are to understand how spatial patterns and morphologies emerge at the scale of cells and at larger scales in multicellular systems. Living systems are driven far from...more
Peter W. Glynn (Stanford University, USA)
14 August 2019, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Sampling-based methods arise in many statistical, computational, and engineering settings. In engineering settings, sampling can provide an easy means of constructing distributed algrorithms that scale well and avoid the need for centralized information-gathering. In computational environments, the...more
Daniel S Fisher (Stanford University, USA)
08 March 2018, 09:30 to 11:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Large populations, especially microbial, are continually evolving. Understanding their evolutionary dynamics, the diversity it generates, and how this can be sustained by ecological interactions is a major challenge. These lectures will focus on key questions, developing progress using ideas from...more
Paul B. Rainey (Department of Microbial Population Biology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany; Laboratoire de Génétique de l’Evolution, ESPCI Paris, France & The New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
15 December 2017, 16:00 to 17:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Life is hierarchically structured, with replicating entities nested within higher order self-replicating structures. Take, for example, multicellular life: the multicellular entity replicates, as do the cells that comprise the organism. Inside cells are mitochondria that also have capacity for...more
Cristopher Moore (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
28 June 2016, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS, Bangalore
There is a deep analogy between statistical inference and statistical physics. I will give a friendly introduction to both of these fields. I will then discuss phase transitions in problems like community detection in networks, and clustering of sparse high-dimensional data, where if our data...more
William Bialek (Princeton University, USA)
04 January 2016, 16:00 to 17:00
ICTS campus
Lecture 1: More perfect than we imagined: A physicist’s view of life (4 Jan 2016, 4:00 PM) (for a general audience) Sitting in a quiet room, we can hear sounds that cause our eardrums to vibrate by less than the diameter of an atom. When bacteria have to decide if they are swimming in the right...more
Prof. Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Prof. Robert Schapire (Microsoft Research and Princeton University) and Prof. Ravi Kannan (Microsoft Research)
07 January 2015, 13:45 to 14:45
Auditorium, Biology Department, IISc campus, Bangalore
Inauguration: 1:55 PM The Alan Turing lecture series is a new initiative of ICTS. In this series, eminent Biologists, Computer Scientists, and Engineers would be invited to deliver lectures on significant developments in their areas. Details about this inaugural Turing lecture series and the...more