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Sixth Form: Computer Society

Updated: Thu 29 Nov 2018   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

The new student-led Computing Society was set up earlier this term and all students in Years 12-13 are welcome to attend; we meet in Room 28 Tuesdays as per the school's Daily Notices.

Computer Science is a 21st Century skill that enables students to be creators rather than just consumers of technology and the aim of the Society is to help and support students who have a passion for computing and who are keen to discuss and debate any aspect of the subject that interests them.  Whether it be coding and programming, the dawn of artificial intelligence (AI) or the latest technological developments in this fast changing and moving industry, we want to provide an atmosphere in which students can share their proficiency with other like-minded students. Whereas some of us are hoping to study Computer Science at university, others come along as there are distinct overlaps with Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.  We welcome thoughts and ideas from students, especially if we can all learn from one another, impart and share knowledge with an emphasis on problem solving applicable across disciplines.

We are looking forward to welcoming our first guest in November when former student Ben Biggs (now Dr Biggs) is coming in to speak about the development of his current and exciting work at Microsoft who plan to implement his project in the near future.  Currently, we are making arrangements for a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Computer Scientist Department at Imperial College, London to visit and speak about a host of topics from artificial intelligence and robotics to neural networks and cyber security. In December, a group of us are travelling to London to see a lecture delivered by the distinguished scientist Professor Brian Cox who will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities AI presents in the next decade.  How will AI affect our jobs? What risks might AI pose to society? Can we train AIs to make moral and ethical decisions? It promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking evening.

  All are welcome, regardless of whether they study Computer Science so come along and
  find out more.
  Freddie Jonas
  Year 13

Guest Speaker Confirmed

We are delighted to announce that Dr Anandha Gopalan, will visit the Computing Society here
at TBSHS on 4th December 2018.

Dr Gopalan is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.

He has worked on several important research projects and teaches both 3rd and 4th year undergraduates alongside department outreach work.

He is also the distinguished author of several papers and publications.  We’re very much looking forward to his visit next month.

November 27th 2018

Dr Ben Biggs speaks to Computer Society
Former Student returns to speak with Computer Club

We were very pleased to welcome our inaugural speaker, former student Ben Biggs, who visited TBSHS and presented a session to enthusiastic students in the Computing Society. 

Ben spoke about his work relating to tracking and reconstruction using artificial intelligence, with particular attention towards deriving 3D-shape and pose from animals and humans. He also showed off the new Microsoft Hololens, allowing some students to experience their first taste of augmented reality, which was an extraordinary experience.  The work Ben is doing for Microsoft is incredibly exciting and it will be interesting to see if Ben’s developing projects become a part of every-day life in the future.

 The Society thanks Ben for his time and trouble, especially as he’s so busy.  The presentation worked well as a dry run for the International Computer Vision Conference in Perth, Australia where he flies on Friday.  Ben will be addressing 2,000 people at the conference - let’s hope they ask as interesting questions as our Society.

Freddie Jonas