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Andrew & Kathleen Booth Lecture

Tuesday June 12th 2018, 17:30 - 19:30, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU - Free entry (booking required).

We are delighted to announce that this year, we will be joined by Professor Zoubin Ghahramani FRS, Chief Scientist for Uber and Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Ghahramani is also Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and a Fellow of St John's College. He was a founding Cambridge Director of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science. He has worked and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, the University of Toronto, the Gatsby Unit at University College London, and Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on probabilistic approaches to machine learning and artificial intelligence, and he has published over 250 research papers on these topics. He was co-founder of Geometric Intelligence (now Uber AI Labs) and advises a number of AI and machine learning companies. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his contributions to machine learning.

The Andrew and Kathleen Booth Lecture 2018 will be a stimulating evening attended by alumni, friends and DCSIS staff. If you would also like to attend the event, please register your interest with the BEI Events Coordinator, Aaliyah Archer including the following details:

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• Email Address
• Job Title (former if retired/currently unemployed)
• Organisation
• Subject Interest e.g. academic, commercial, personal


Up to 2016, the Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture was delivered annually by a distinguished computer scientist to commemorate Professor Andrew Booth's work in creating some of the world’s first electronic computers at Birkbeck and also his pioneering research into machine translation. From 2017, the annual Andrew & Kathleen Booth Lecture will honour also Kathleen Booth's work on designing and programming these early computers. For more details of their work, please see the Short History of computing at Birkbeck.

2017 - Pioneering Women in Computing by Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley, CH, DBE, FREng, FRCS (video)

2016 - Science and Innovation Strategy by Professor Andrew Blake, the Founding Director of the Alan Turing Institute (video)

2015 - The Importance of Web Science by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton (video)