The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Distinguished Professor B. Jack Copeland FRS NZ (University of Canterbury) has been selected by the APA committee on philosophy and computers as the winner of the 2017 Barwise Prize.
The Barwise Prize is awarded for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing. The prize serves to credit those within our profession for their life long efforts in this field. The Barwise Prize winner receives a plaque, and will offer a keynote talk at a computing and philosophy conference as well as a talk at one of the APA divisional meetings.
Marcello Guarini, chair of the APA committee on philosophy and computers, said, “Professor Copeland is the worldwide expert on Alan Turing and a leading philosopher of AI, computing, and information. He is an author of influential books spanning two and a half decades. He has published over a hundred articles, including pioneering work on hypercomputing, which is based on Turing’s work but goes far beyond it. He authored the influential entry ‘The Church-Turing Thesis’ for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.”
Copeland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, and Department Head, at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He is co-founder and Co-Director of the Turing Centre Zürich (TCZ) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), where he is a permanent International Fellow. He is also Honorary Research Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. In 2016, he received the international Covey Award, recognizing “a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy.”