Christmas Lecture, School of Computing Dundee

11 years ago

The School of Computing will be hosting 'Christmas Lectures' in the Dalhousie building Lecture Theatre, on Tuesday 18th December 2012 from 10:00 to 13:00.

This year's Christmas Lectures will give you a chance to meet our newest professors. The event will combine traditional lectures with demos and hands on activities.

These lectures will show the links between computing and a wide range of other subjects including space and communication. This meets the Curriculum for Excellence emphasis on the links between different subjects. It is hoped that this will provide students and teachers with a glimpse of the wide range of computing research being undertaken in the School of Computing, University of Dundee.

The lecture programme will run from 10am-1:00pm on Tuesday December 18th, with the option to stay for lunch, from 1:00pm-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided in the Queen Mother Building, which is a short walk from the Dalhouise building.


The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:00 – 10:05 Opening and an Overview of the Day
  • 10:05 – 11:00 Beyond the Earth: Spacecraft Technology from Dundee –  This talk will range from the design of spacecraft nervous systems, to research on guidance systems used to land robotic spacecraft on the surface of other planets, to the monitoring of the Earth's environment. It will introduce research helping to protect our planet and to explore beyond it.
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Whose voice is it anyway? – Communication is the essence of being human. So what happens if you can’t speak? We can harness speech language technologies to give people a voice. But how do we go beyond communicating basic needs and wants? How can computers empower people to share jokes, their hopes and desires … their stories?
  • 12:00 – 13:00 “Yes, but what have Analytics ever done for me?” – Analytics is simply the process of extracting useful information from data. This used to be simple. Once it was done on paper and then we all discovered Excel. But in this new world of big databases and the web; much, much more subtle analytics are going on. In this talk we’ll take a look at some of them and try to explain the weirder ones……
  • 13:00 – 13:30 Lunch in the Queen Mother Building


We hope that you and some of your pupils will be able to attend the 'Christmas Lectures' which promises to be an exciting, interesting and entertaining insight into the world of Computing.

To register to attend please email Anne Millar am*****@co*******.uk. Please let Anne know which aspects of the day you wish to attend, how many students you are bringing and if you wish to join us for lunch. Anne is also happy to answer any questions you may have.


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