Foundation Lectures

The Future of Familiar Technology

Founding the Foundry is a programme of exciting events and activities to celebrate the opening of the Computational Foundry, including the Foundation Lecture series, residencies by leading researchers and industrialists, and agenda setting symposia.


We invite you to join us at the first in a new series of Foundation Lectures to celebrate the opening of the Computational Foundry: 

Search: The Future of a Familiar Technology by Professor Richard Harper

Date: Wednesday 29th November

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre

Light refreshments will be provided from 12:30pm at Science Central

These lectures are aimed at a general audience and open to the public

About Professor Richard Harper

Professor Harper is an expert in user-focused technical innovation in academic, corporate, and small company settings.

He combines a wealth of academic and industry experience, having led research groups at Xerox (Euro) Parc and Microsoft, and has founded and jointly led start-up companies with clients such as Hewlett Packard and Vodafone.

A visiting professor at Swansea University, Professor Harper was the director and founder of the Digital Research World Centre at the University of Surrey. He is currently Co-Director of the Institute of Social Futures at the University of Lancaster and Professor of Computer Science at the same institution.

Having written 13 books, including the award-winning ‘The Myth of the Paperless Office’, he has also published over 160 scientific articles on topics covering a wide range of topics, from the social impact and design of mobile phones, to the future of search engines, to the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence.