Anthony Wallis

Assistant Professor Emeritus

Tony Wallis first programmed a computer in 1963, to do calculations in quantum mechanics. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry in 1968 from the University of Manchester, and has been with the Department of Computer Science since 1970. From 1963 to the present he has witnessed great changes in computing: its technology, applications, and interactions with society. Past research interests have included numerical methods, socio-biological informational structures (e.g. communication and decision-making in social insects) and simulations relating psychological and economic aspects of human behaviour (game theory, paradoxes of rationality). A permanent background fascination is with attempts to fuse the mental and subjective with the informational and objective – the borderlands between computing, neurology, cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, ethics and religion. Some thorny questions: Are people automata ? Can automatic agents be good ? The “qualia problem” – not just Turing’s question (can machines think?), but the immensely more important: can machines feel? A current new research interest is the field of quantum computing, involving radical new paradigms in both theory (beyond the Turing model) and applications (secure cryptography). Anthony Wallis has been emeritus since July 1, 2007.

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