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Editorial: "2012 The Alan Turing Year" and the 7th International Conference on Virtual Learning

Author(s): Marin Vlada

Journal: International Journal of Computer Science Research and Application
ISSN 2012-9564

Volume: 03;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 01;
Date: 2013;
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Welcome to the 2013 special issue “ICVL 2012 selected papers” of the International Journal of ComputerScience Research and Application. As you can see, this issue includes papers from the 7th InternationalConference on Virtual Learning (New technologies in education and research: ICVL Project – devoted to using ICT and web technologies in e-learning and education. The InternationalConference on Virtual Learning contributes to the development of both theory and practice in the field ofVirtual Learning. The ICVL was structured to provide a vision of European e-Learning and e-Trainingpolicies, to take notice of the situation existing today in the international community and to work towardsdeveloping a forward looking approach in Virtual Learning from the viewpoint of modeling methods andmethodological aspects, information technologies and software solutions. Participation is welcomed fromresearches, teachers, trainers, educational authorities, learners, practitioners, employers, trade unions, andprivate sector actors and the IT industry. The Conference is organized in four sections (New Technologies inEducation and Research: Virtual Environments for Education and Training, Software and Management forEducation): Models & Methodologies (M&M); Technologies (TECH); Software Solutions (SOFT); "Intel®Education" - Innovation in Education and Research (IntelEdu).ICVL 2012 - Special edition dedicated to "2012 Alan Turing Year". June 23, 2012, marked the Centenaryof Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the historyof computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory ofcomputability (CiE 2012,, Alan Mathison Turing(1912-1954) was a British mathematician who made history. Turing is widely considered to be the father ofComputer Science and Artificial Intelligence. He was highly influential in the development of computerscience, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine,which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Already in the 1930s he had definedthe concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer ofelectronic computer design. But Turing's true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out inthe drama and wit of the famous "Turing test" for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-firstcentury.
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