ACM India Education Webinar on 11 March with R. Ramanujam: "Why Learn Theory of Computation?”

March 1, 2021

The next session of the ACM India Webinar Series on Education is on another important topic, which will prompt every faculty member and curriculum designer to reflect and introspect deeply on the significance of teaching the notion of computability to undergraduate computer science engineering students.

Register now for "Why Learn Theory of Computation?", to be presented on Thursday 11 March 2021 at 5:30 pm IST by R. Ramanujam of Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

Registrations are limited, so please register early and secure your spot. All educators, academicians, industry professionals and students are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: Computer science being a young and dynamic discipline, academic study is often influenced by "hot" technological developments (which indeed impact our lives). The study of mathematical models of computation is often the victim, and is perceived by students (and many teachers) as irrelevant, with some universities eliminating it, or making it an elective that only a few take. Hence the question, and the speaker will try to provide some answers in this talk.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

R. Ramanujam received his BE (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani and his PhD in Computer Science from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. After pursuing postdoctoral research at the City University of New York, he has been at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai since 1987, where he is currently serving as a Professor of Theoretical Computer Science.

His research interests are in mathematical, modal and epistemic logic, automata theory, theory of distributed systems, game theory and security theory. He is currently on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computational Logic. In 2010, he was Lorentz Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. He has been actively involved in the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science and the Association for Logic in India.

Ramanujam has been associated with the Tamil Nadu Science Forum since 1990, active in science popularization and school education. He is the editor of Thulir, a monthly science magazine for children. For his contributions in this regard, he was bestowed with the INSA’s Indra Gandhi Award for Popularization of Science for 2020.

He was a member of the Yash Pal Committee that formulated the National Curriculum Framework 2005, and chaired the National Focus Group on Teaching of Mathematics, NCERT. Currently he is Vice President of the Mathematics Teachers Association of India, and a member of the Core Committee of CSPathshala, an ACM India initiative

Chitra Babu, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamilnadu