News Release

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SUBJECT: Memorial University welcomes world-renowned computer science expert

DATE: September 21, 2006

Note to editors:
One of North America’s most respected and lauded computer scientists will deliver a special lecture at Memorial University of Newfoundland next week.
Dr. John Holland, a pioneer in complex system and nonlinear science, will present a lecture titled Complex Adaptive Systems on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001.
An admired expert in computer programming, Dr. Holland had the distinction of working with an elite group of engineers on IBM’s first commercial scientific calculator the 701, which was unveiled in 1952. He is also considered by many to be the father of genetic algorithms – a search technique gleaned from the biological theory of evolution that’s used in computing to find true or approximate solutions to difficult search problems.
Dr. Holland is professor of computer science and engineering and of psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He is also the author of several books and articles and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and colleges around the world.
Admission to Dr. Holland’s lecture is free. Parking is available in Lot 15.
Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives to the event.

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