The Grand Challenge in Non-classical Computation York Workshop

The Grand Challenge in Non-Classical Computation
International Workshop: 18-19th April 2005

The Department of Computer Science at the University of York and Microsoft Research are pleased to have hosted the International Workshop on "The Grand Challenge in Non-Classical Computation" which took place at The King's Manor, York, United Kingdom.

The Grand Challenge is a long-term research aspiration that seeks to explore, generalise, and unify all the many diverse non-classical computational paradigms (including bio-inspired computation, open complex adaptive systems, emergent systems, quantum and other non-classical physics computing), to produce a fully mature and rich science of all forms of computation, that unifies the classical and non-classical (natural) computational paradigms.

The aims of this particular workshop were: 1) to assemble a number of key people in the non-classical computation field to facilitate discussion and debate; 2) to discuss and evaluate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to developing future novel computational architectures; 3) to discuss and define what future generations of novel "computational building blocks" may involve. This includes: i) novel hardware: quantum, other novel physical (liquid crystals, magnetic nano-particles, ...), analogue, chemical, biological, evolvable, ...; ii) novel software: quantum, analogue, evolvable, developmental, immune, social insects, other biological inspired, ...; iii) novel paradigms: complex self-organising critical systems as future computational architectures, ...

The workshop aims were achieved through a series of stimulating keynote addresses from leading international researchers, accompanied by interactive panel sessions and group discussions, covering a range of important topics in the new and emerging ideas of non-classical computation.

Keynote speakers:

  • Sam Braunstein (University of York)
  • Luca Cardelli (Microsoft Research)
  • Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz (University of Calgary)
  • Christopher Alexander (University of California)

One output of the workshop will be a special issue of the International Journal of Unconventional Computation. These papers, with topics and authors to be identified as outcomes of the workshop, will record and distribute the discussions, and stimulate future debate in the area.

The workshop was hosted by the Department of Computer Science of the University of York, at the historic Kings Manor site, and be organized by the University and the External Research Office of Microsoft Research Cambridge. There were approximately 85 participants, and all were asked to submit a short position paper prior to the workshop; these papers will continue to be available on the conference website after the workshop.

There was no registration fee for this workshop, and lunches and dinners were provided. Because places were limited, attendance was restricted to invitation only. If you would like more information on the topics discussed, please contact Prof. Susan Stepney.

Workshop Sponsor:
Microsoft Research

University of York, Heslington, York. YO10 5DD
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