About this day
This inspirational day of KS5 computer science will take your students to the cutting edge in fields from computer vision, software development and algorithms to pure programming and computer systems. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media will reveal computer science at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way. This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.
Programme & speakers
The magic of computer science Peter McOwan, Queen Mary University of London
From magic tricks to being able to do the (almost) impossible, computer science and mathematics underpin the modern world. Join Peter to discover how to create magic tricks with maths, and use computer vision to better understand what humans see.
About Peter McOwan
Peter’s research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware, software and science outreach.
How to program a cell Jasmin Fisher, Microsoft Research
Jasmin will talk about the incredible algorithms she designed that are tailored for modelling and analysing biological networks and show how these algorithms could lead to programmable human cells.
About Jasmin Fisher
Jasmin Fisher is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the Programming Principles & Tools group
Crowdology: how computer science keeps you safe Martyn Amos, Manchester Metropolitan University
Crowd science uses computing, psychology and design to study people en masse. Martyn will show how this new science keeps us safe, as well as highlighting some surprising facts about how we behave in crowds.
About Martyn Amos
Martyn is Director of the Informatics Research Centre at MMU. His research focusses on the development of new ways of computing and the study of complex systems using computational techniques.
Machine learning for cities Matthew Leeke, University of Warwick
What happens when the global population puts our cities at breaking point and how can we be ready for the explosion in demand? Matt will explore how state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms and the smart devices we use daily can solve some of these huge problems. From frontline policing and government intelligence to social networking and marketing, we will see how the analysis of personal data is fundamentally changing the way our world works.
About Matthew Leeke
Matt is the director of undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick. His research addresses a variety of issues relating to the design of dependable systems.
The Chomsky Hierarchy and the Complexity of the English Language Jamie Frost, Dr
Are some languages (both human and symbolic) more expressive then others? Where does the English language fit into this? How do we build systems to parse these languages? Jamie explores this hierarchy and explores the way parsed human text can be used.
About Jamie Frost
Jamie is Subject Leader in Maths at Tiffin School. He was with the Oxford University Computational Linguistics Group and Mobile Robotics Group, and runs DrFrostMaths.com, an online maths learning platform.