Here's how the event is described by its organizers:
For the third time, recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Abel Prize gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world. For one week, the laureates of mathematics and computer science will exchange with young researchers through lectures and workshops, plus a “hot topic” session discussing the socio-ethical challenges of Big Data.I'm personally quite excited to hear from some of the pioneers of computing (though I am disappointed they are all men, when there are indeed female Turing Award winners). When I registered as a journalist for the forum, I requested the chance to interview John Hopcroft because of his passion for computer science education. It will also be awesome to see the likes of Stephen Cook (laid the foundations of NP-completeness theory), Frederick Brooks (originator of the 8-bit byte and author of The Mythical Man Month), and Ivan Sutherland (pioneered the graphical user interface with Sketchpad).
Other interesting aspects of the forum are the social and outreach components. The laureates get together with local students on Wednesday morning, while the young researchers visit local institutions (hopefully I can go with the laureates!). The welcome dinner Monday night is being held at Heidelberg Castle, and we get to visit (and wine and dine at) the Speyer Museum of Technology. Check out the full forum schedule here.
I want to tell you more about the events on big data, but I'll save that for the next blog post. Stay tuned for more about the forum leading up to and during the week of (August 23-28). Also be aware that the events will be recorded and archived publicly online, so you can check it out for yourself later on.