University College Cork (UCC), Ireland’s leading research-led University in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) organized a day-long symposium celebrating the contribution made by George Boole at the IIT-M campus today.
The seminar, the first of its kind outside of Cork, was part of the University’s bicentennial celebrations for the Father of modern information technology – George Boole. George Boole was UCC’s first professor of Mathematics and is widely acknowledged for his invention of Boolean Algebra and Logic and his contributions to modern computer science.
In attendance, at the event, were a number of speakers and dignitaries ranging from academia and information technology who spoke about the relevance of Boole’s work in everyday society. The keynote address was given by Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys, followed by a series of discussions on Boole’s influence on engineering and computer science and how his theory preceded the age of digital technology. Eminent panelists on these discussions included Professor R. Nagarajan (Dean, International and Alumni Relations, IIT Madras), Dr. Michael B. Murphy (President, University College Cork), Dr. Ramesh Gopinath (Director, IBM Research) and Professor Ramanujam (Institute of Mathematical Sciences) among others.
The symposium concluded with a special screening of a documentary commissioned by University College Cork called ‘The Genius of George Boole’ narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons
Dr. Michael Murphy, President, University College Cork said, “I am personally delighted that Chennai was chosen as the city to host our George Boole symposium and to both IIT-M and IMSc for being our distinguished partners. UCC’s links with the city are multiple and there is a natural link between both Cork and Chennai. Apart from being southern capitals and coastal cities we’re also centers of higher learning and research. We also have multiple academic and research collaborations with partner Universities and research institutes in the city thus making this event even more special. I can think of no better place for George Boole’s legacy to be debated, discussed and honored. ”
Welcoming the Boole Symposium to the campus, Professor R. Nagarajan, Dean of International and Alumni Relations at IIT Madras, recalled the long-standing relations between UCC and IIT Madras, involving research collaborations across multiple disciplines. He also welcomed IMSc’s participation in view of the large number of IIT Madras alumni in the faculty ranks. He said, “Professor Sunder, one of the co-organizers of this Symposium, is one of IITM’s distinguished Alumni– one of only 120 out of a total alumni population exceeding 40,000. It is heartening to see three major academic institutions come together to organize this tribute in concert with industry.”
In parallel to the celebration, the campaign UCC Brings Boole2School, which kickstarted in early November, was also concluded. UCC Brings Boole2School saw over 1500 students from 10 schools in India participate and was one of the most important initiatives taken up to ensure the legacy of George Boole was far reaching.