Date & time

Wed, 4 Nov 2020
9:45 - 14:45



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About this day

For A-level and IB students

Computer Science in Action is the ultimate enrichment day for Key Stage 5 computer science students.  In five lively sessions experts from academia and industry will explore relevant topics that complement the curriculum. These sessions will motivate students to excel and give them ideas about future careers. An additional talk on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed, and each student will receive a revision guide to take home.

Programme & speakers

MENACE: the machine educable noughts and crosses engine Matthew Scroggs, University College London

Join Matt to discover the basics of machine learning, using MENACE — the machine educable noughts and crosses engine.

Matthew Scroggs

About Matthew Scroggs

When not working Matthew writes puzzles and articles for Chalkdust Magazine, including the infamous crossnumber, and reads Martin Gardner books.

Algorithms from 13th Century Venice Miranda Mowbray, University of Bristol

Travel back in time to explore the remarkable algorithm that was used for over 500 years to determine the ruler of Venice. Its underlying design principle turns out to have an application to modern computer science.

Miranda Mowbray

About Dr Miranda Mowbray

Miranda formerly worked as a research scientist for HP, finding new ways of analyzing data to detect attacks on computer networks. Her PhD is in Algebra, from London University.

Logic Mark Jago, Nottingham University

What is logic and what is it good for? Mark will start from a problem in logic and mathematics, show how Alan Turing set out to solve it, and how he inadvertently invented the modern computer.

Mark Jago

About Professor Mark Jago

Mark Jago, Professor of Philosophy at Nottingham University, works on metaphysics, the mind, knowledge, language, logic, and social issues. He explains how to think about impossible things.

Computer Science - not for girls? Alexandra I. Cristea, University of Durham

The story of how, in a very short amount of time, a dedicated team from Durham, together with 3 other university partners and 15 industry partners helped support 100 women from diverse backgrounds in taking the plunge into technology careers.

Alexandra I. Cristea

About Professor Alexandra I. Cristea

Professor A.I. Cristea, Head of Innovative Computing at Durham University, researches the fringe where AI meets human variation and is a strong supporter of women in Computer Science.

Robots that work together Amanda Prorok, Prorok Lab

What happens when robots work together to achieve complex tasks, and how do we program our robots to work together efficiently? Explore how new algorithms for coordination can help us solve some pressing problems in transport and logistics.

Amanda Prorok

About Dr Amanda Prorok

Amanda Prorok is an Assistant Professor at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Pembroke College. Her research lab designs algorithms for coordinating systems composed of multiple autonomous robots.