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Talks for Schools

We offer a series of free talks for schools on electronic engineering and computer science topics.

Our talks are suitable for students at all levels and the presentations are adapted according to the age and interests of the group. These talks are relevant not only to students studying engineering, computer science and related topics, such as maths and physics, but also for a wider audience, for example as part of a General Studies or careers class, or just as a one-off.

One of our lecturers from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science will come to your school to give the talk. The talks last from 30-60 minutes, adaptable to your requirements. We can generally travel to schools within commuting distance of London.

Researcher in residence

We are also keen to explore ways in which our researchers could take part directly in classes. Researchers from one of our internationally leading research groups could visit your school to give hands-on experience of what being involved in a research project is like. Contact us to discuss ideas.

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School talks team and talks on offer:

Akram Dr Akram Alomainy is an award winning enthusiastic science communicator participating regularly in science festivals and outreach workshops and events nationally and internationally. His research explores the interaction between antennas & electromagnetic and the human body from large satellite ones through robotics to nano-scale wireless devices. His passion is to promote the power of electromagnetism in turning science fiction to reality and that is apparent by his recent TEDx talk on the same topic. Talks:
  • The Magic of Harry Potter
  • Body Worn Sensors and the Future of Wearable

Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh is a logician and a computational linguistic. She is interested in using mathematical logical tools to model scenarios within the field of artificial intelligence and in particular in natural language processing. She hopes these techniques will enable computers to understand human languages and communicate with them in more natural ways. She is passionate about understanding the concepts and techniques of one field and transferring, transforming, and using them in other fields. Her recent work, supported by an EPSRC Fellowship, explores the connections between quantum physics, mathematics, and linguistics. Talks:
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Women in computer science

Paul Curzon Prof Paul Curzon runs cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun) through which he has been enthusing school students about interdisciplinary computer science worldwide for over 10 years. He now jointly leads ‘Teaching London Computing’ developing inspiring activities for computing teachers to use in class. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his excellence in teaching and outreach. He also leads research in the area of human computer interaction and verification focussing on making medical devices safer. Talks:
Paulo Oliva

Dr Paulo Oliva is a researcher investigating the interface between Mathematics and Computing, a field also known as theoretical computer science. Paulo talks about computer programming, its origins and development. He is a keen programmer, currently running the school’s programming competition, as well as programming workshops for school kids and teachers using Greenfoot or Scratch. Talks:

  • Coding: The language of computers
  • Scratch and Greenfoot workshops

William Marsh Dr William Marsh directs the undergraduate programmes for EECS, has spoken regularly in schools and now jointly leads 'Teaching London Computing', developing courses for teachers delivering new GCSE/A-level computer science curricula. His research develops systems to help decision-makers, with applications in medicine and the safety of systems. His school talks focus on algorithms and the use of computers in society. Talks:
  • Should we trust computers?
  • Playing games with trees: algorithms and thinking
  • Where’s my robot? Probability and algorithms
  • Safety, Risk and Computer Systems

Dr Soren Riis is a researcher and "mathemagician" who likes to combine mathematics and magic. His research is on the borderline between mathematics and computer science. His school talks on "magic of computer science" have received standing ovations. He is interested in the limits of robots and their intelligence, and has been a beta tester for one of the strongest chess playing programs on the planet. Talks:
  • Magic in Computer Science
  • Will the robots take over the planet?

Dr Becky Stewart Dr Becky Stewart is a researcher working with e-textiles and 3D audio signal processing to build interactive, wearable computing systems. She regularly collaborates with artists working in performance, fashion, music and design. In 2016, she was recognised as a skilled science communicator by the British Science Association and she regularly speaks at festivals and outreach events. She is passionate about showing how science, technology, and the arts work together to create new innovations. Talks:
  • Weaving and Wearing Computers
  • Binaural Audio: Listening Through Someone Else’s Ears

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