Study Programmes 2017-2018
Introduction to the theory of computation
Duration :
30h Th, 30h Pr
Number of credits :
Master in data science (120 ECTS)5
Master of science in computer science and engineering (120 ECTS)5
Master in data science and engineering (120 ECTS)5
Master in computer science (120 ECTS)5
Master in computer science (60 ECTS)5
Master in bio-informatics and modelling (120 ECTS)6
Lecturer :
Pierre Wolper
Language(s) of instruction :
English language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
Introduction to the concept of effective procedure. Countable and uncountable sets. Finite automata and pushdown automata. Formal grammars and their relation to automata. Turing machines and the Church-Turing thesis. Theory of recursive functions. Problems unsolvable by an effective procedure. Introduction to NP-completeness and complexity theory.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
At the end of this course, the student will have a good knowledge of the theory pertaining to the limits of computer systems and will understand their meaning.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Knowledge of programming
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
1st quadrimester - Lectures, problem sessions.
The lectures and problem sessions are given in English. The reference book is written in French, but similar textbooks written in English are available. The problem sessions are aimed at gaining familiarity with the concepts introduced in the lectures.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Recommended reference covering precisely the material taught in the course:
P. Wolper, Introduction à la calculabilité (3ième édition), Dunod, 2006.
Reference in English:
Michael Sipser, Introduction to the Theory of Computation, CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing, 2012
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written exam including both theory and exercise questions (no oral exam). A bonus is given for active participation in the problem sessions.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Additional information can be found on the course web page:
Contacts :
Teacher: P. Wolper Tél.: 04 366 93 13 e-mail Assistant: Isabelle Mainz