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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 16 Number 1 -- Happenings

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Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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JUDY E. O'NEILL: AUTHOR [+2]

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The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events that are of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing. Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1994 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Happenings

JUDY E. O'NEILL, EDITOR

The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events that are of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing. Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

Elichirigoity Chosen as 1993-1994 Tomash Fellowship Recipient

Irving F. Elichirigoity has been awarded the fifth Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Processing by the Charles Babbage Institute. The Tomash Fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student whose dissertation will address some aspect of the history of computers and information processing. Elichirigoity is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He received a BA in political science from Principia College in 1979 and an MA in social theory from the New School for Social Research in 1984.

Elichirigoity's research project investigates the historical contribution of global computer modeling to the reconceptualization of the relationship between humanity and the biosphere, one that constitutes a total and irreducible system. He will focus on the Limits to Growth Project and its report, the career of Jay Forrester, and the history of the Club of Rome.

Jay Forrester at MIT developed a computer model, the first of its kind, that served as the backbone of the Limits to Growth Project. The project assumed linkage among the health of the planet, the scarcity of natural resources, and human production and consumption, which was also embodied in the computer modeling used. In 1972, the project produced a report that was highly controversial. The project was sponsored by the Club of Rome, a private organization of Western industrialists and highly placed nonelected government officials in the West and Japan.

For further information on the Tomash Fellowship contact:

Charles Babbage Institute University of Minnesota 103 Walter Library 117 Pleasant Street SE Minneapolis, 3IN55455 Telephone: (612) 624-5050 cbi@vx.cis.umn.edu

Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence

The Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence is an annual search for the world's first "thinking" computer. In the contest, judges converse at computer terminals to try to determine which terminals are controlled by people and which by computers. The contest was inspired by a paper published in 1950 by English mathematician Alan Turing.

The contest is named after benefactor Hugh G. LoeUner of New York City. The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies administers it, and National Unive...