Swansea Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science

Our aim with this new series is three high-profile lectures each semester, generally targeting a broad audience of computer scientists.

We were pleased to be able to launch the series with an excellent and diverse programme of distinguished speakers for 2011–2012, in collaboration with the South Wales Branch of the British Computer Society, the Learned Society of Wales, Software Alliance Wales, Technocamps, and ITWales.

The lectures in this series are normally held 4:00–5:00pm on a Tuesday in the Department of Computer Science, Faraday Building, and followed by a reception.

2011–2012 Speakers

Brian Randell DSc FBCS FLSWBrian Randell

Emeritus Professor of Computing Science, and Senior Research Investigator, Newcastle University

Forty Years of Software Engineering

6:30pm Tuesday 1st November 2011, Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building

Refreshments available before the lecture, which starts at 7:00pm

Joint History of Science and Technology lecture with the British Computer Society and the Learned Society of Wales (PDF)

Tom Rodden140 x 155

Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Nottingham

Homework: Reinventing the domestic network

4:00pm Tuesday 15th November 2011, Robert Recorde Room, Faraday Building

Muffy Calder OBE FRSE 140 x 210

Professor of Formal Methods and Dean of Research, University of Glasgow, Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow, and Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing Research Committee

Does my component-based system work?
From bits and bytes to wet and sticky

4:00pm Tuesday 6th December 2011, Robert Recorde Room, Faraday Building

Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng 140 x 227

Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton

Web Science: Research, Education and Diversity

6:30pm Wednesday 15th February 2012, Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building

Refreshments available before the lecture, which starts at 7:00pm

In collaboration with BCS Women in Wales, and sponsored by the British Computer Society (South Wales Branch) and a Web Science grant from the EPSRC Bridging the Gaps programme at Swansea

Simon Peyton Jones 140 x 179

Principal Researcher at Microsoft’s Research Lab in Cambridge, and a visiting professor at Glasgow University

Computing at School: Tackling the ICT Education Crisis in UK Schools

4:00pm Tuesday 6th March 2012, Callaghan Lecture Theatre

Joint event with Technocamps

Ben Shneiderman 140 x 187

Professor for Computer Science at the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland

Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery

4:00pm Monday 11th June 2012, Taliesin Theatre

The event is free to attend and open to all. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. To ensure a place, please register.

Joint Frontiers Lecture with the Learned Society of Wales


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