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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Four speakers will introduce this Department and some of our latest research – in Security, Human-Computer Interaction and Education – at an event here on Friday 23 September.

As part of the University of Cambridge Alumni Festival, we'll be welcoming alumni into the building for our event, 'The Long Reach of Computer Science'.

Our Head of Department, Professor Ann Copestake, will kick things off by introducing the Department, briefly tracing its development from the 1940s to where we are today.

We'll then hear from Professor Hatice Gunes, who leads the Affective Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory here. She has been studying how socially-assistive robots (SARs) can be used as mental wellbeing 'coaches' for adults, but in recent years has also been studying how they may be beneficial to children. She'll tell alumni about a new study that suggests that robots can be better at detecting mental wellbeing issues in children than parent-reported or self-reported testing.

Dr Sue Sentance will talk about the new Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, which is based here. The Centre is investigating how to engage all young people in computing, computer science, and associated subjects. Sue,  the Director of the new Centre and Chief Learning Officer at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will discuss new research into creating culturally relevant pedagogy for computing, and why it’s important for us to make computing education as relevant to school children as possible.

Finally we'll hear from Dr Alice Hutchings, Director of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre here. She'll discuss a new study that has been exploring the role of the cybercrime underground in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

We're looking forward to meeting our alumni at this event!

Published by Rachel Gardner on Wednesday 21st September 2022