London Hopper 2017

Booking is now open for London Hopper: Thursday 25 May

UCL and BCS Academy will be presenting the 13th London Hopper Colloquium on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the BCS headquarters in London. This year you will hear women speakers talk about their work on building rehabilitation technologies, cybersecurity, simulations of the human heart, and infrastructure for smart cities.

London Hopper is an annual 1-day event for researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. As well as women speakers talking about their research, it will feature  a spotlight competition with cash prizes open to postgraduate students, and lots of opportunities to meet and network with other early career researchers in computing. 

The event is free but you must book. Booking will be available via the BCS website here.

Note:  We have a new speaker in the 14:45 - 15:15 time slot.

On this page:

•    Programme

•    Registration

•    Research Spotlight

•    Venue

•    Organisers

•    Supporters

•    The Hopper Colloquia

•    Abstracts and Biographies


10:00 - 11:00  Registration & refreshments, networking opportunity

11:00 - 11:10  Welcome

Professor Caroline Wardle, University College London.

11:10 - 11:15  Introduction to the day's events

Dr. Lynda Thomas, Aberystwyth University.

11:15 - 11:45  Simulations of the human heart shed light on mechanisms underpinning atrial fibrillation

Dr Anna Muszkiewicz, Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

11:45 - 12:15  Research Spotlight 1

Student Presentations

12:15 - 12:45   Cybersecurity the billion pound problem

Juliet Grout, Information Security Manager, IBM

12:45 - 13:15  Research Spotlight 2

Student Presentations

13:15 - 14:45  Buffet lunch, networking opportunity

14:45 - 15:15   Assistive Devices for the Hearing impaired - Past and Present

Dr. Ifat Yasin, Senior Lecturer, UCL

15:15 - 15:45   Building User Centered Rehabilitation Technologies

Dr. Lynne Baillie, Director of Research, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

15:45 - 16:00  Awarding of prizes for Best Research Spotlight Presentations

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The event is free. Book here

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Research Spotlight

There will be a research spotlight session where women postgraduate students will have an opportunity to present their research work. Three prizes of £100 each, provided by IBM, will be awarded for the best presentations. Two prize winners will be selected by the judges, one prize winner will be chosen by popular vote of the Colloquium delegates. The research may cover any topic within the field of computing and/or related interdisciplinary studies.

The deadline for registration for the research spotlight session competition is 5pm on Monday, 15 May, 2017. For instructions and guidelines please go to the BCS Academy webpage here.

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The colloquium will be held at the BCS London Office:

First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

Tel: +44 (0)845 300 441; Fax: +44 (0)1793 417669

Directions to BCS London (PDF)

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Caroline Wardle, Larissa dos Santos Romualdo, Stuart Clayman and Steve Marchant (UCL); Lynda Thomas (Aberystwyth University).

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UCL Computer Science is a global leader in research in experimental computer science. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluation ranked UCL first place for computer science; 61% of its research is rated ‘world-leading’ and 96% of its research is rated ‘internationally excellent’. UCL Computer Science research has made a deep, lasting and sustained impact on all aspects of society.

Code written at UCL is used across all 3G mobile networks; medical image computing now means faster prostate cancer diagnosis and has developed cutting edge software for neurosurgery; a human-centred computer security approach has transformed UK government’s delivery of online security. UCL Computer Science enjoys a rich history – it established the first connection to the precursor of the Internet outside the US – and continues to create innovative technologies that change lives with computers.

The BCS Academy of Computing is the Learned Society within BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and is dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline. By developing and supporting a cohesive community inclusive of scholars, researchers and professionals with a shared commitment to the advancement of computing, the Academy aims to nurture ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation in computing. It is through our range of activities that we promote excellence in the creation, study and application of knowledge in computing.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. Bringing together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, we promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large.

IBM's prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet.

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The Hopper Colloquia

The London Hopper Colloquia grew out of the Scottish Hopper Colloquia, and are modelled on the American Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing which is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. These annual American meetings are held as a tribute to Admiral Grace Murray Hopper - pioneer of the computer business language COBOL - who inspired many young U.S. Naval computing students during her heyday and still continues to inspire computer scientists around the world many years after her death.

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Abstracts & Biographies

Building User Centered Rehabilitation Technologies

Dr. Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University 

Abstract: We are moving towards a world in which our healthcare and wellbeing will be mediated through the technology that computer scientists design and develop. Making sure this development is user centered requires working in multidisciplinary teams with health experts, who will bring new languages and ways of working and evaluating for us to understand. I will talk about the challenges my team encountered in designing, developing and evaluating two novel mobile systems for end users who have had an injurious fall or who need assistance with bladder training.  

Biography:  Associate Professor Lynne Bailliehas a PhD and MSc in Computing. She has a strong track record of research in Human Computer Interaction in the areas of mobile and health technology. She has over 15 years in research management and leadership at a senior level in two countries (Austria and UK).

Cybersecurity the billion pound problem

Juliet Grout, IBM

Abstract: Cybersecurity threats and breaches are in the headlines on a regular basis, but how does this impact the wider population?  What are businesses doing and what can you do as individuals?

Biography: Juliet Grout is an Information Security Specialist within the Security and Compliance competency at IBM.  She joined IBM over 18 years ago after graduating with a degree in History and Economics.   Juliet's technical roles include windows, unix, system management, cloud and architecture.  Moving into her current