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COSC 482 - Theory of Computation:
A Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing

First Summer Session 2012, 3 credit hours
June 5-27, 2012 Study Abroad in London, Cambridge

BEK version of MWB Instructor: Prof. Michael W. Berry, Associate Department Head, EECS, Office: MK616, Phone: 974-3838, Email: mberry(at)utk(dot)edu

Alan Mathison Turing (23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science and providing a formalization of the concept of the algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, playing a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. This course will provide assess both historical and technological aspects of computation and expose students the origins of a computer as both a human and a machine.

This offering of COSC 482 (Theory of Computation) will give students a unique opportunity to study and experience the life and scientific contributions of Alan Turing, the founder of the Theory of Computation. The United Kingdom is celebrating the year 2012 as the Year of Alan Turing and students will attend a few of the scheduled conferences and exhibits planned in London and Cambridge. International (especially European) experts will provide insights to important topics of computational complexity that would not be possible from the regular textbook-based curricula for this course.

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Comments from students taking this course:

...I meant to tell you thank you for everything and that I really enjoyed the trip. Joe and I discussed it and decided there really isn't anything more you could have done to have made the trip better for us. So, thank you again. [Willie Flaherty, Computer Engineering Major]

Thanks again for putting together such a great trip. I never could have imagined that I would get as much out of the experience as I did. We had the perfect balance of great food (St. John, Couscous, Churrascaria), entertainment (Harry Potter, Thorpe Park, the markets), and thought-provoking discussion. I really do not know how the trip could have been any better ... I really appreciate the time you took to plan everything perfectly, and I will definitely recommend studying abroad to everyone in computer engineering. [Joe Dorris, Computer Engineering Major]

I had a great time! Between the course material and sightseeing, I really learned alot about Turing, computer science, and UK culture - all at once! [Drew Nash, Computer Science Major]

The British Museum