segunda-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2012

[ATY/TCAC] December 17 update

Destaque para o trecho abaixo:
And more from Brazil, this time from Curitiba. Adolfo Neto wrote to
tell us about a "Tribute to Alan Turing at UTFPR" last Wednesday:


Dear All

The Turing Year is going out with more gusto than it came in with, and
overflowing into 2013 it seems. There is a huge amount to report,
unavoidable given the timing.

1) Professor Gopal writes from Chennai 'Can we organize events with the
"Alan Turing Year - India Celebrations" brand during early 2013 ?'

Definitely. Who knows what 2013 will bring ... After the year we've had,
it can't be a surprise to have Alan Turing memetically haunting us through
to New Year 2014, and beyond ...

2) Actually Professor Gopal and his colleagues are still busy in 2012.
Starting tomorrow they have a 3-Day Faculty Development Program on "Alan
M. Turing - Simplification in Intelligent Computing Theory and
Algorithms", running December 18 - 20, 2012 in Bangalore - for details

3) Also from India is news of a conference last week in Kerala. Jayant
Ganguly writes:

"I am happy to inform you that we celebrated Turing Centenary Celebration
with a one day conference on 12.12.2012 at Regional Science Centre,
Calicut at Kerala State in India. There were around hundred participants
from academia which includes professors,researchers and post graduate

And there are some great photos:

4) In the UK, the big news in the last few days was the letter to the
Daily Telegraph from Prof. Stephen Hawking, Lord Sharkey, the President of
the Royal Society, and a grand line-up of lords, and lordly scientific
figures (Martin Rees, Tim Gowers), calling for the overdue pardon for Alan
Turing. For a copy of the letter, see:

UK coverage included:

From BBC News

From the Guardian

From Daily Mail

It is the coverage of the letter around the world that is the most
remarkable, and which reminds us how in the wider world it is the UK
which stands metaphorically 'in the dock' - a small sample:

From India (The Hindu "Call to pardon Alan Turing")

From Spain (El Mundo)

From Seattle Times

From Toronto (The Globe and Mail)

From Washington Post (many other US sources)

From Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)

From Vancouver Sun "Scientists demand pardon for Turing
Code-breaker committed suicide after 1954 conviction for homosexuality"

From Mexico

The coverage of this little letter illustrates the international power of
science - what was particularly newsworthy was one celebrated brave
scientist (Stephen Hawking) speaking out in support of another (Alan

Of course, we shouldn't forget that the scene was set by Lord Grade's
December 11 question in the House of Lords:

And a few days earlier we had William Newman, boyhood Monopoly opponent
and friend of Alan, quoted in the Milton Keynes Citizen "I don't see why
they can't pardon him, it's not a crime anymore. Who does it hurt?" - and
they have a nice picture of William with Dermot Turing (Alan's nephew) at
a signing of the special Alan Turing Monopoly game at Bletchley Park:

We got invited to appear on Newsnight on the Friday, but had to decline
due to a prior commitment. Marcus du Sautoy and MP Iain Stewart were
interviewed by Jeremy Paxman instead.

5) Another major development for Turing followers was the news that "The
Imitation Game" script had been picked up by a credible movie maker. The
news that "Headhunters Director Hired For Alan Turing Biopic The Imitation
Game" was everywhere amongst the film webpages, this was the first we saw:
And Screen Geek reported "Morten Tyldum set to adapt Black List script
about genius mathematician":

6) Back on familiar territory we have the December edition of the
Bletchley Park Podcast "taking a look at 2012 The Alan Turing Centenary" -

"William Newman & Sir John Dermot Turing talk about The Alan Turing
Limited Edition Monopoly Set & Turing in 2012. Barry Cooper, of the Turing
Centenary Committee, updates us on some of the worldwide celebrations.
Turing expert, Jack Copeland, gives an exclusive reading from his soon to
be published book & The LGBT History Month Pre-Launch event was held at
Bletchley Park to mark the centenary." Thanks to the indefatiguable Mark
Cotton, here it is:
(I recently got a wonderful message from Mark in which he described how
fulfilling an experience the ATY has been for him, I think many people
will recognise such feelings, the year has been quite something ... )

Btw, in German, there is a short radio series "Der Urahn aller
Computernerds" about Alan Turing from DRadio Wissen (via Nika Bertram) in
5 parts, to be found at

It may yet become available on the Alan Turing/Bletchley Park AudioBoo!

7) There has been lots of Turing activity in South America - we review
it all briefly:

(a) From Colombia Angye Gaona reports:

"We are very pleased with the results of our event in commemoration of
Alan Turing. ...

"Talks took place during the afternoon of Friday 30.There was very much
attention in the person of Turing and his ideas from different viewpoints:
scientific, technological and social. Generally, In our university is not
done this type of activities and then was an opportunity to revitalize the
university spirit.

"The launch of Turing challenge, (an student's initiative) caused a
sensation. We have 30 registered and continue to register. This is the
link: "

(b) Anecy Scholling from the UK Embassy in Brazil had some kind words for
visiting lecturer Barry Cooper: "Please have a look at the Embassy webpage
webpage where they have advertised your lectures on
its front page:
I would like to thank you very much for your lectures and contribution
towards the UKBrasil Season calendar of events. Your lectures were
certainly a huge success amongst the Turing admirers, to those that study
his life and work and to those such as myself who are just starting to
learn and appreciate what he has done."
The funding from the Embassy (for Sue Black's visit too) was essential to
the success of the Turing events in Brazil.

And Marcelo Walter from Porto Alegri wrote:

"I'd like to briefly report to you that the day before yesterday
(Wednesday 12) we had the reading of "Breaking the Code" in a theater here
in Porto Alegre and it was a huge success! More than 120 people packed the
theater, mostly students! Maybe you want to mention that in your update."

That's fabulous, "Breaking the Code" has been mysteriously absent, play or
film, during the ATY. There were some student performances in Germany and
the Netherlands, but nothing significant in the UK or US.

And more from Brazil, this time from Curitiba. Adolfo Neto wrote to
tell us about a "Tribute to Alan Turing at UTFPR" last Wednesday:

8) The Pet Shop Boys Alan Turing project "Memory Of The Future" continues
to make waves, far beyond the narrow confines of the academic
world. You can hear 'Radio 2 In Concert', Wednesday 5th December 2012, BBC
Philharmonic Studio, Media City, Salford, published Dec 6, 2012 at

"Neil & Chris perform a selection of hits & new material supported
throughout by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & occasionally by Johnny

So included is a selection of old and new songs, and also premiere of part
of a piece Tennant and Lowe have been writing inspired by Alan Turing,
with assistance from Andrew Hodges. Of course, like all such material, one
never knows how long it will be available on YouTube...

9) The 2013 edition of The ALAN TURING Cryptography Competition (from
Manchester University) is already open for registration. The competition
starts on MONDAY JANUARY 7th, running to Monday 18th March 2013. You can
register at:

Information for teachers is at:

This is a really exciting competition, highly recommended. Unfortunately
it's limited to UK participants.

10) While talking about competitions for students, there is a nice story
from The Times of Israel on "Cracking a codebreaker's birthday code":

about the 3 winning students (one just 9 years old) of a Turing Centenary
codebreaking contest mounted by Israel's Education Ministry for junior
high and high school students. The code contest was designed by code
experts from Tel Aviv University, led by Professors Nachum Dershowitz and
Lior Wolf. The contest ran during the summer months (to tie in with
Turing's June 23 birthday) and during that period, some 30,000 people
checked out the contest on the special site the Education Ministry set up
for the contest.

11) Btw, don't miss the "Other Lives" exhibition inspired by Alan Turing,
at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem:

Running from November 29, 2012 to April 4, 2013, the works presented in
Other Lives are the fruit of 'collaborations' between artist and machine.
They explore what it means to be human in a digital age, as people become
increasingly dependent on intelligent machines. Have machines freed us
from the confines of our bodies or have they enslaved us? Are machines
becoming more human or are we becoming more mechanical?


12) Publications section:

(a) Not a Christmas present! Just out is a massive 4-volume "Handbook of
Natural Computing" from Springer. Very much in the tradition of Turing's
work in biology - we are told "Turing" is the most popular proper noun in
the book with 350 occurrences ... an essential resource for the
specialist, but you may need to get your library to pay for it - here is a
flyer with details:

(b) For something completely different, how about (in Italian) "Enigma -
La strana vita di Alan Turing" by Tuono Pettinato:

(c) From author Rudy Rucker:

"I can't remember if I told you that I've made free Creative Commons
editions of my Beatnik science-fiction novel TURING & BURROUGHS
available.  See the link at "

(d) From PG Kroeger, editor in chief of the Dutch magazine ScienceGuide:

"Here is the article in the Dutch

We also did an extensive interview with prof David Harel - in English as
well for - on Turing and his significance. You can read
this here:

13) From Arnold Beckmann in Swansea:

Just to let you know that our little Turing event went very well,
see the message below which I send to my College.  The play was
really good, if you have a chance to see it I recommend you do, I
think they want to show it again beginning of next year, but
nothing is planned yet.  You'll find pictures of the performances

Arnold continues:

The excellent Distinguished Lecture by Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly
revealed some very interesting insights in the history of the computer in
Britain, and which role Alan Turing played in it.

I seems the the play "To Kill a Machine", produced by Scriptography
Productions "was very special - quite dense and intense it presented
scenes from Turing's life as a mathematical genius, code-breaker at
Bletcheley Part, and gay man leading to his tragic death, intertwined with
a game show based on the Turing Test.  A picture of the show can now be
found at the webpage for the afternoon,

Sounds great, would love to see the play, hope it tours in 2013.

14) Apologies to Anna Dumitriu - she and Nick Lambert organised a nice
Turing Arts and Culture committee event with Alex May giving a Christmas
lecture, and not only were we too busy to get to Bloomsbury, were too
swamped to even publicise the event ... So, all one can say is Anna and
Nick and the rest of the committee were really fantastic, put so much
creative energy into the ATY ... so, too late, here are details: "This CAS
Christmas lecture is our concluding event for the Alan Turing Centenary
Year and we invite you to join us for the lecture, and drinks and nibbles
to celebrate this exceptional year of activities and raise (another) glass
or two to Alan Turing."

But I don't think we're finished, we don't get off that easily :-)

15) Another event it would have been great to be at was William Newman's
November 28 talk in Cambridge. We hear there was a full house at the Mill
Lane lecture rooms for his lecture entitled "Alan Turing Remembered" - he

"Many thanks for mentioning my talk on November 28th in your recent
Update.  The lecture room was packed, and there were quite a few
questions afterwards.  One of them was from a lady who was responding
to my mention of a bimonthly literary journal, The Monologue, which my
mother founded and produced from 1934-5, and which had about 100
subscribers - one of them this lady's mother!"

16) A reminder from Patrick Sammon, executive producer of the acclaimed
Turing movie "CODEBREAKER" that "Because of the demand, we've moved the US
wide-release date to January 17, 2013" And "You can reserve your tickets
now in dozens of cities with many more coming in the next few days."

The webpage to do this at is (we believe):

Patrick adds:

"P.S. I'm also pleased to announce that CODEBREAKER just won the Audience
Choice award at the 2012 European Science Film Festival!"

17) Another special film is Al and Al's "THE CREATOR". The London premiere
screening is planned as part of the London Short Film Festival. 4th-13th
January, 2013. See:

Finally, just time to say "thanks" to all those who have sent information,
and apologies for anything missed or wrongly reported. And to say thank
you to all the wonderful people who've helped make this year the amazing
time it has turned out. Of course, it's still not finished - as well as
Bangalore, there is a 3-day meeting starting in Granada 12:00 tomorrow
(Tuesday) ...

And the Turing100 lecture series in UNB Saint John in Canada has Manuela
M. Veloso talking on Jan 25, 2013:

And a new musical "The Universal Machine" about the life and death of Alan
Turing premieres on April 16 in London:

 ALAN TURING YEAR                 

Convite para o lançamento do livro "Avanços em Visão Computacional"

Convido-os para o lançamento do livro "Avanços em Visão Computacional"
(editora Omnipax), organizado pelos Professores Luiz Antônio Pereira
Neves (UFPR), Hugo Vieira Neto (UTFPR) e Adilson Gonzaga (USP/SC).

Data: 18/12/2012 (terça-feira)
Hora: 16h00
Local: Auditório da UTFPR.

A obra completa, bem como seus capítulos individuais, está disponível
por acesso livre no website da editora:

Se puderem comparecer, ficaremos honrados com suas presenças! Por
favor fiquem à vontade para estender o convite a seus alunos e outros


P.S. Por favor desculpem por eventuais mensagens em duplicidade.

*Sinopse técnica do livro "Avanços em Visão Computacional"*

A visão computacional procura integrar as áreas de processamento
digital de imagens e inteligência artificial, tendo como ojetivo a
obtenção de algoritmos capazes de interpretar o conteúdo visual de
imagens. Suas aplicações estão presentes em diversos segmentos
tecnológicos que envolvem análise de imagens, reconhecimento de
padrões e controle inteligente, abrangendo múltiplas áreas do
conhecimento, tais como agronomia, astronomia, biologia, biometria,
medicina e muitas outras. Constitui, portanto, uma área
multidisciplinar com muitas aplicações práticas. Os capítulos deste
livro correspondem a trabalhos selecionados entre os que mais se
destacaram no VII Workshop de Visão Computacional (WVC 2011),
realizado na UFPR/Curitiba, de 22 a 25/05/2011. Este livro contém
capítulos com versões ampliadas e revisadas de trabalhos previamente
apresentados na forma de artigo durante o evento. Embora a natureza
dos capítulos seja inerentemente multidisciplinar, as principais áreas
de aplicação contempladas foram: análise de imagens médicas (caps. 1 a
6), agronomia (caps. 7 e 8), biometria (caps. 9 e 10), processamento
de vídeo (caps. 11 a 12), reconhecimento de caracteres (caps. 13 a
15), segmentação (caps. 16 a 18) e visualização (caps. 19 e 20).

sexta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2012

Exposição Marie Curie

A Diretoria de Pós-Graduação do Câmpus Curitiba, da UTFPR, em parceria com a Aliança Francesa, está organizando a exposição sobre a vida e obra da cientista Marie Curie. Nascida em 1867 na Polônia, foi para Paris em 1891, onde estudou na Sorbonne, conheceu e casou com  Pierre Curie. Esta cientista é até hoje a única pessoa a vencer este cobiçado prêmio em duas categorias: Física (1903) e Química (1911).

Junto ao seu marido e a Henri Becquerel, fez estudos que resultaram na descoberta dos elementos radioativos polônio e rádio, o que lhes valeu o Prêmio Nobel de Física em 1903. Depois de ganhar seu primeiro Nobel, torna-se a primeira mulher a atuar como professora da Sorbonne. Sua influência a faz convencer o governo francês a criar um instituto só para o estudo dos usos da radioatividade. A partir dessas pesquisas muitos aparelhos de Raio-X foram desenvolvidos. Durante a Primeira Guerra Mundial, estima-se que um milhão de soldados foram tratados com o Raio-X acoplado a ambulâncias, idealizado por Marie.

Em 1911, ano que ganhou seu segundo Nobel, de Química, Marie participou da primeira Conferência de Solvay, sendo a única mulher dentre notáveis cientistas, entre os quais Albert Einstein, reunidos para discutir os efeitos da radiação. O que não se sabia até então era o risco que envolvia a radioatividade, tanto que causou na cientista um tipo grave de anemia, que acabou por matá-la em 1934. 

A exposição ocorrerá de 13 a 20 de dezembro, na Sala de Exposições da sede central do Câmpus Curitiba. O material apresentado é cedido pela Aliança Francesa de Curitiba.

"Eu estou entre aqueles que acreditam que a ciência tem grande beleza. Um cientista em seu laboratório não é apenas um técnico: é também uma criança colocada frente a um fenômeno natural que a impressiona tanto quanto um conto de fadas."
Marie Curie

UTFPR | Câmpus Curitiba
Diretoria de Pesquisa e Pós Graduação


sexta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2012

Lançamento: TDD na Prática



Horário de funcionamento: seg a sex das 9h às 18h  
R.Alice Figueiredo 46 – Riachuelo  - Rio deJaneiro, RJ - CEP 20950-150  


TDD na prática

(Primeira edição, 2012)

Autor: Camilo Lopes

Nº de páginas: 160 pg

Peso: 232 g

Formato:16 x 23 cm

Impressão: off-set p/b

Lombada: 0,8 cm

Encadernação: Brochura

ISBN (impresso): 978-85-399-0327-6

Código de barras: 9788539903276

ISBN (e-book): 978-85-399-0352-8


Assunto: Programação de Computador – Programas e Dados / Ciência da Computação


R$ 46,00          R$ 27,60

Resenha: O livro vem com um objetivo simples: "Descomplicar o que parece ser complicado". Em outras palavras, o objetivo é ensinar como praticar TDD usando a linguagem de programação Java. Para muitos iniciantes em TDD, no primeiro momento parece que estamos fazendo tudo errado e que escrever os testes antes do código funcional não é nada legal. E que, para superar os primeiros obstáculos, só o conhecimento técnico não é suficiente. Quando comecei com TDD, passei por vários obstáculos e um deles foi encontrar livros práticos, ou seja, aqueles que eu pudesse colocar a mão na massa de verdade, ter problemas para resolver usando a técnica etc. Os disponíveis eram bastante teóricos, deixando a parte prática sobre minha responsabilidade que, como iniciante, era difícil saber por onde começar. Esses livros foram importantes para entendimento e formação da minha base teórica sobre o assunto, mas eu percebi que uma coisa era eu ter lido e outra era praticar e me ver com o Eclipse aberto, sem saber o que fazer de verdade, ou pior, me perguntar: 'como resolver um problema usando TDD e não cair na tentação de escrever os testes por último?'. Quem não tem cão caça com gato. Tive que criar meu próprio caminho prático, onde comecei a desenvolver novas aplicações usando a técnica (venci pela persistência). Em seguida surgiu a oportunidade de ir para um projeto novo na empresa que trabalhava e lá tive o espaço para desenvolver usando TDD por quase 2 anos, e nesse meio surgiu a ideia desse livro: "por que não criar um livro prático sobre TDD com base na minha experiência?". E foi assim que comecei a escrever o livro no final de 2010, tendo como referência o Kent Beck

Sumário:  Capítulo 1 - Preparando o ambiente de desenvolvimento – 1; Capítulo 2 - Um pouco sobre o mundo Agile – 15; Capítulo 3 - Refatoração – 31; Capítulo 4 – JUNIT – 43; Capítulo 5 - Mocks com Mockito – 57; Capítulo 6 - Test Driven Development TDD – 63; Capítulo 7 - Lab Extra TDD – 99; Capítulo 8 - Praticando Refactoring – 105; E agora? - 115; Referências – 119

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quinta-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2012

Gilson Volpato lança 6ª ed. "Ciência: da filosofia à publicação"

Recebi a mensagem abaixo da Editora/Livraria Best Writing

Com prazer anunciamos o lançamento da 6ª edição do livro de Gilson Volpato: Ciência: da filosofia à publicação. 377 p., capa dura, 20x24 cm - edição especial.

Para aquisição, acesse:

Oferta de lançamento, por tempo limitado. Aproveite!

(veja Sumário completo acessando

PARTE 1 - Da Filosofia à Ciência
Noções da história da ciência moderna

PARTE 2 - Do Erro à Formação
Capítulo 1 - A deformação de cientistas
Capítulo 2 - Ciência
Capítulo 3 - Publicação científica
Capítulo 4 - Avaliação da atividade científica
Capítulo 5 - Criação
Capítulo 6 - Objetivo
Capítulo 7 - Planejamento da pesquisa
Capítulo 8 - Coleta de dados
Capítulo 9 - Análise e interpretação de resultados
Capítulo 10 - Redação científica
Capítulo 11 - Divulgação em congressos
Capítulo 12 - A formação de cientistas

Aproveitei e perguntei a eles:


Já fiz esta pergunta uma vez e faço novamente.

Quando teremos os livros do professor Gilson em versão ebook?

Os livros dele são excelentes. Vale a pena comprar mesmo em papel. Mas eles pesam muito na minha mochila e ocupam muito espaço na minha sala. Eu gostaria de ter uma versão física para deixar no trabalho e uma versão digital para levar para qualquer lugar.

Agora já temos a Amazon com site brasileiro, a Kobo e o Google Play vendendo livros em português