A New Perception of Informatics and its Relation to Mathematics and Physics

Jozef Gruska, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Friday, 31 August 2012 - 3:00pm
UNU-IIST Seminar Room


The talk presents a new, much broader and deeper, perception of informatics (computer science) and discusses the reasons why such a perception is proper and much desirable. 
The talk presents informatics as having four deeply related components: scientific, engineering, application and methodological. 
Informatics as a science is seen as a very old (the oldest) science that concentrates on the study of laws, limitations as well as phenomena and processes of the information processing worlds and as representing also another window, comparing with that of natural sciences, especially physics and biology, to understand real and virtual worlds.
New discoveries in the area of information processing in and by nature, especially by quantum and bio phenomena, have played an
important role in derivation of a new perception of informatics. Informatics as a technology area represents also a leading and broadly oriented technology without which one can hardly imagine nowadays and in future key technological products in all areas.
As the basis of a new methodology, informatics based methodology represents a new, third main, methodology for sciences, technology areas and also other areas of society, that also brings to new heights two main old methodologies: theoretical and experimental ones. Talk also discuss relations between informatics and other areas of science, especially physics, biology and mathematics.
Finally, the talk presents main grand challenges of so broadly seen informatics and common grand challenges of informatics with other areas of science and technology.




Prof. Jozef Gruska was borned in 1933. He took his PhD from Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia (1966). Currently he is with Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. He is an expert in Theoretical Informatics (Book "Foundations of computing", US, 730 pages, 1997) and Quantum Information Processing (Book "Quantum computing", UK, 430 pages, 1999). 160 publications. Recently he has been the head of two big research projects at Masaryk University and since 1998 the head of Graduate school of Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University.

Prof. Jozef Gruska has been very active internationally. Founder or co-founder of seven regular international conferences including Asia Quantum Information Science (Japan, Korea, China, India), 2001-2013 - chair of its Steering committee and including SOFSEM (Software seminar - annual winter school since 1974). He gave more than 250 talks on international events including two invited talks at the World Computer Congresses. The founding chair (1989-1996) of the main international committee for theoretical informatics at IFIP (International Federation of Information Processing), and founder of its Technical committee 1 - Foundations of computing. He spent more than 15 years at major universities of Europe, North America and Asia.

Elected member of the Academia Europaea, member of its Informatics Section Committee (since 2006) and member of its Council (2007-2010). "Computer pioneer" award of IEEE USA (1996) and many other awards and recognitions including Bolzano award of the Czech Academy of Sciences (2004).