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Tuesday, January 21 2014

Richard P. "dick" Gabriel to be the first keynote speaker at ELS 2014

Hello everyone,

it's an immense pleasure to welcome Richard P. "dick" Gabriel as the first keynote speaker of the 7th European Lisp Symposium. You can read about his talk on this page. This will hopefully make people wake up early on the fist day :-)

EDIT and we now have 2 more guest speakers: Pascal Costanza and Gábor Melis! Can't wait!

Monday, September 23 2013

Keynote at ACCU 2014

I am thrilled to announce that I will be a keynote speaker at the next ACCU conference. The abstract of my keynote is given below. Looking forward to see you there!

Biological Realms in Computer Science

In biology, evolution is usually seen as a tinkering process, different from what an engineer does when he plans the development of his systems. Recently, studies have shown that even in biology, there is a part of good engineering. As computer scientists, we have much more difficulty to admit that there is also a great deal of tinkering in what we do, and that our software systems behave more and more like biological realms every day.

This keynote will take you to a journey through the bonds between biology and computer science. Starting with an epistemological and historical view, we will see how these bonds developed over the years, but we will also ask ourselves whether these bonds were intentionally created, or whether they already existed, before we even found them. We will also meet the Engineer and the Tinkerer, and see that they are not necessarily different persons. Finally, through such notions as Determinism, Predictability and Control, we will envision and explain a possible future for our software systems seen as living organisms; a future that's in fact already here, but that we are reluctant to accept.

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