Date & time

Fri, 3 Dec 2021
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW
or Online

Ticket price

Online £12 + VAT @20%*
At the venue £24 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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.

Programme & speakers

From Robot-Traders to Robinhood: Crazy Times for a Financial Engineer Dave Cliff, University of Bristol

The world’s financial markets are now heavily influenced by new technology, either through “robot traders” driving prices wild; by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin apparently creating money out of nothing; or by hordes of people plotting on social media and then using trading software like the Robinhood app to deliberately cause financial institutions to lose billions of dollars. Financial engineers worry about these things; this talk will explain why.

Dave Cliff

About Dave Cliff

Dave is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. In 2013 he co-wrote and presented a one-hour documentary TV programme called “The Joy of Logic”, broadcast by the BBC. He has worked in financial engineering for 25 years.

Fighting cancer with computers Jasmin Fisher, UCL

The Jasmin Fisher Lab at UCL develops state-of-the-art computational models and analysis techniques to study cancer evolution and mechanisms of drug resistance to identify better personalised treatments for cancer patients.

Jasmin Fisher

About Jasmin Fisher

Jasmin Fisher is a Professor of Computational Biology at UCL. She has always been curious about the mechanisms of disease and interested in using computers to improve patients’ lives.

How can computers be creative? Anna Jordanous, University of Kent

Computers are very good at mechanical tasks, churning through large data, processing, calculating… but can they do more ‘intelligent’ things? We use computers to help us find out information and to guide us from A to B, but we can also get them to model, simulate or replicate creativity computationally.
Anna Jordanous

About Anna Jordanous

Dr Anna Jordanous is a senior lecturer at the University of Kent. Her research areas include computational creativity, music informatics, digital humanities, knowledge modelling, Semantic Web, and natural language processing.

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 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.