What's on at the Computational Foundry

Dr Jonathan Lazar 18th - 22nd March




Mon 18/Mar



An informal opportunity for CS Staff to drop by the Research Crucible to meet Jonathan, over an informal lunch.

Research Crucible

Room 109

Computational Foundry

Tue 19/Mar

09:30 – 11:30


Translating Accessibility Research Into Accessibility Practice: How we can, as researchers, have an impact on accessibility practice.

Aimed at CS Department and broader colleges/community, followed by informal chats. Light refreshments will be provided.

Research Crucible

Room 109

Computational Foundry

Wed 20/Mar

10:00 – 12:30


Segregated Voting, Pricing Discrimination, Consumer Fraud, and Lower Exam Scores: Unintended Consequences of Inaccessible Technology for People with Disabilities

Followed by lunch.

Conference Room

Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law

Singleton Campus

Thu 21/Mar

11:00 – 14:30


Crossing Disciplines and Breaking Down Barriers: Accessible Technologies and Digital Content for People with Disabilities

Lunch included.

Research Crucible

Room 109

Computational Foundry

Friday 22/Mar

All day


An opportunity for informal discussions on shared interests and perspectives; to explore future collaboration opportunities around shared research interests and challenges. Light refreshments provided.

Research Crucible

Room 109

Computational Foundry

Dr Sue Black 27th March
Dr Sue Black flyer

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This is the inspiring and motivating story of one woman’s determination to succeed. 25 years ago Dr Sue Black was a single parent with three small children living on a council estate in Brixton.

She is now one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe, received an OBE and just been appointed to the Government Advisory body shaping digital services. Her best-selling book, ‘Saving Bletchley Park’, details the successful campaign she led to save this historic site.

Sue talks about how she brought her family out of poverty and built a successful career through education, passion and a determination to succeed.

About Dr Black OBE

Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lovie Awards 2018, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Communicate your research on social media 3rd April
Social media flyer

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Do you have limited experience with social media? Or are you just getting started with using social media to communicate your research? Join Dr Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley for this hands-on session (bring your phone or laptop) as she guides you through creating an impactful social media profile for your research.

The workshop will cover:

Overview of communicating your research on social media (5 minutes)

Your social media profile – what goes into it? (20 minutes)

Activity: create your profile (30 minutes)

Q and A discussion (remaining time)

Festival of Ideas 1st - 2nd May
Festival of Ideas flyer

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Join us for two days of provocative, stimulating and motivating interactions addressing critical computational topics. 

Curated by globally leading scientists – Professor Ben Shneiderman, Professor Jennifer Preece and Professor Alan Dix – we’ll explore Algorithmic Accountability and Citizen Science.

During the event we’ll also be celebrating the UK’s Digital Economy strengths with demos, posters and opportunities to talk with researchers across the UK.

Day 1 (1st May): Algorithmic Accountability

Professor Shneiderman is holding a day’s workshop to think deeply around the subject of algorithmic accountability on 1st May, together with a panel of experts comprised of:

  • Professor Christopher Hankin, Co-Director of Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College London
  • Professor Richard Harper Co-Director of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University
  • Dr Sandra Wachter, Research Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute
  • Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute

Day 2 (2nd May): Citizen Science

Professor Preece is holding a day’s workshop to think deeply around the subject of Citizen Science on 2nd May, together with a panel of experts comprised of:

  • Muki Haklay Professor of GI Science at University College London
  • Professor Julia Parrish, Associate Dean College of the Environment at the University of Washington
  • Dr Helen Spiers, University of Oxford, Biomedical Research Lead at the Zooniverse
  • Professor Geoff Proffitt, Director of Knowledge Economy (Biosciences) at Swansea University