The Ada Lovelace Bicentenary Lectures on Computability

Event date: December 10 - January 31, 2016

    Jack Copeland (University of Canterbury)
    Eli Dresner (Tel Aviv University)
    Diane Proudfoot (University of Canterbury)



    Augusta Ada Lovelace was born on 10th of December 1815. Daughter of the poet Byron, Ada collaborated with Victorian inventor Charles Babbage, who envisioned steam-age computers built out of cogwheels. She and Babbage wrote the world’s first computer programmes. Going further than Babbage, Lovelace formed the concept of a perfectly general-purpose computer. She died at the tragically young age of 36. Two centuries later, her contributions are being celebrated in the Ada Lovelace Bicentenary Lectures on Computability. The series began with Ada Lovelace's 200th Birthday Party on 10 December 2015.

    In the series of 15 lectures, held during December and January, an array of international stars of modern computer science paid homage to Lovelace. The line-up included two winners of the coveted Turing Award — computer science’s Nobel Prize — as well as winners of the US Presidential Award, the US National Science Foundation’s Waterman Award, the Herbrand Award, IBM’s Outstanding Innovation Award, the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Gödel Prize, and a swathe of other distinguished tributes.


    The lecture series was hosted by the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) at Edmond J. Safra Campus in Givat Ram, and is jointly funded by the IIAS and the Edelstein Center.

    “Lovelace triumphed intellectually despite the rampant sexism of her era”, say the organizers of the lecture series
    Jack Copeland, Eli Dresner and Diane Proudfoot, all Fellows of the IIAS. “Babbage studied at Cambridge University but Lovelace, as a woman, could not.”


    List of Speakers:

    Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Dorit Aharonov, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

    Nachum Dershowitz, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Aviezri Fraenkel, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

    Jo Francis [1] , [2], Flare Productions, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

    John Fuegi [1] , [2], Flare productions, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

    Yuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA

    David Harel, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

    Radia Perlman,  EMC Corporation, Seattle, Washington, USA

    Michael Rabin, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Stewart Shapiro, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

    Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

    Susan Stepney, University of York, York, UK

    Doron Swade, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK

    Moshe Vardi [1], [2] Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

    Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA