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What is an Algorithm?

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  • UserYuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research Redmond, USA World_link
  • ClockTuesday 09 February 2016, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseSW01.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Ohad Kammar.

NOTE UNUSUAL TIME, DAY, AND VENUE. There are two seminars this week (Tuesday and Friday)

The title problem is of obvious interest to theorists. We will explain its importance to software engineering, in particular to specification, testing and verification of software and hardware.

Wasn’t the problem solved by Turing? No. Of course Turing’s contribution was pivotal, but the problem remained open, even for sequential algorithms. We argue that problem cannot be solved in full generality because the notion of algorithm is still evolving. But certain species of algorithms have matured sufficiently to become amenable to foundational analysis. This applies first of all to sequential algorithm.

In the main part of the lecture we formalize the notion of sequential algorithms in full generality. Then we will mention the other species of algorithms that have been formalized in full generality. Finally, we will describe some applications of this research, in particular at Microsoft.

This talk is part of the Logic and Semantics Seminar (Computer Laboratory) series.

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