The School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham and the School of Computing at Teesside University would like to invite you to participate in the Turing-Tape Competition in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan M. Turing.
The Turing-Tape Competition is about finding the best solutions to a collection of one-person, solitaire-like games played on a Turing tape (a one-dimensional tape divided into squares). The solution of simple examples of Turing-tape games can be done by hand but the games quickly become too complex and are best solved using machine assistance. The games combine the mathematics of polynomial division with the algorithmics of program construction and, we believe, offer an appropriate and educational insight into the sort of pioneering work undertaken by Turing. Apart from the simplest example, the games are entirely novel so that solutions cannot be found on the Internet.