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20th January - Computer Science Research Celebration Day
CS research celebration day

On 20th January between 9am and 12.30pm the department will be running a research celebration day -- a relaxed event that will discuss ongoing research related activities within the department.

This event is by invitation only, but we will be sharing highlights of the day on our Twitter feed and newsletter.


30th June - 1st July Festival of Ideas
Festival of Ideas 2020

For two days on 1st and 2nd May 2019, the Computational Foundry was the stage for the international Festival of Ideas, where global academic and industry experts explored provocative, stimulating and motivating ideas about critical computational topics.

Curated by world leading scientists – Professor Ben Shneiderman, Professor Jennifer Preece and Professor Alan Dix – students, academics and industry figures thought deeply around the topics of Algorithmic Accountability and Citizen Science. 

Sponsored by CHERISH-DE Digital Economy Research Centre, the event also celebrated the UK’s Digital Economy strengths with demos, posters and opportunities to talk with researchers.

We are now planning the Festival of Ideas 2020, exploring new ways of thinking to make the world a better place. We will be debating, creating and reflecting on a diverse range of topics all under the banner of digital innovation.

We will come together to celebrate our international academic, industry and community partners - with great food, music, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more.

We are currently developing the programme – for updates please visit:

Previous event - Friends of the Foundry Prof Gregory Abowd 9th September
Prof Gregory Abowd

Gregory D. Abowd is a Regents’ Professor and J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Computing. An applied computer scientist, Dr. Abowd's research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of mobile, wearable and ubiquitous computing impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. Dr. Abowd's work has involved applications as diverse as education (Classroom 2000), home life (The Aware Home) and health (technology and autism, CampusLife). He and his current and former students are active inventors of new sensing and interaction technologies. He has recently helped to co-create an interdisciplinary research effort, COSMOS, which investigates the collaboration of materials, manufacturing, electronics, computing and design to explore an alternative future computing industry. Dr. Abowd is an ACM Fellow and a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy.

Title of Talk: The Internet of Materials: The next logical step or a paradigm shift?

The talk may be over but you can watch a recording of it here

Previous event - Friends of the Foundry Prof Anuj Dawar 30th July
Anuj Dawar

Anuj Dawar is a Professor of Logic and Algorithms and works in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.

Title of Talk: The Limits of Symmetric Computation

The talk may be over but you can watch a recording of it here

Previous event - Friends of the Foundry Scooter Morris 19th June
Scooter Morris

Dr Morris is Executive Director, Resource on Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of Pharmaceutical Chemistry University of California

His talk ‘Life is about Connections’ focuses on molecular networks and protein-protein interactions; and computational challenges, both in terms of the scale of the data, and visualization approaches to gain understanding of the data.

The talk may be over, but you can view the slides from his presentation here and watch the video here