Peter Norvig is visiting Vienna as a guest of the Faculty of Informatics of the Vienna University of Technology. The 59-year old computer scientist was Head of Research at the NASA Ames Research Center and has been working at Google since 2001, since 2006 as a Head of Research. He authored several publications on Artificial Intelligence that have been labeled by criticists as “will deservedly dominate the field for some time” or “Possibly the best hardcore programming book ever”. Norvig also created public online-classes on Artificial Intelligence.
Gerhard Widmer is professor for Computational Perception an the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence and informatics in music (Intelligent Music Processing, Music Information Retrieval). Widmer was the 2009 Wittgenstein-laureate; publications like Wired or New York Times wrote about his work.
On March 27, Norvig and Widmer will talk about the question “How artificial is intelligence?” The discussion will be moderated by Elke Ziegler (Ö1) and starts at 17:00. The venue is Café Heuer at Karlsplatz.
Norvig will have another public lecture in Vienna on March 26. He is this year’s Gödel Lecturer in the series of Vienna Gödel Lectures of the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology.
The LogicLounge is the sequel to the events series from the Vienna Summer of Logic and at the same time the starting point for the initiative informatik_austria. Details on the event can be found in the events section.
informatik_austria is a new networking platform of computer scientists at Austrian universities. The main targets of the initiative are to clarify the importance of informatics for modern society, to create attention for the relevance of research in Austria and to create points of contact for the press and public. A first step is this website, where research institutions will publish frequent updates. Relevant events and conferences for the informatics crowd will be posted in the events section.