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Research Competition at London Hopper Colloquium 2020

28 October 2020, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

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The London Hopper Colloquium 2020 will take place online, on the 28th of October. Please join us at this exciting annual event. Cash and membership prizes for winners.

This event is free.

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UCL and BCS Academy will be presenting the 14th London Hopper Colloquium on Wednesday 28 October 2020. London Hopper is for academic researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. Featuring female* speakers talking about their research, a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students, and opportunities to network with other new researchers in computing, this year’s event will be held online, via Go To Webinar.  We will hear from women about their work on logic, quantum theory and digital music.

Research Spotlight Competition

The Research Spotlight competition focuses on female research Masters and PhD students, providing them with a friendly forum for communicating the essence of their work. This will be via 3-5 minutes (depending on the number of accepted submissions) recorded presentations, broadcast during Hopper 2020. Presentation topics may be from any research area within the field of computing, and may encompass interdisciplinary studies connected to computing. There will be 10-12 spotlight presentations, split between two thirty-minute sessions.

Prizes will be awarded for the best research spotlight presentations and each entrant will also receive a prize.

If you would like to apply for the research spotlight competition, please first register for London Hopper 2020 on Eventbrite. You will receive an Eventbrite confirmation email, containing a link to a form to submit your abstract.

Research Spotlight Competition: Women* research masters students and PhD students, with a Computer Science focus, enrolled at UK universities.

Audience attendance is open to all.

*Please note that London Hopper uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, which means all individuals who identify fully or partly as women. We also welcome non-binary people to attend and present, and everyone is welcome to attend as an audience member.

Submission deadline: Midnight, 1st of October 2020. 
For any queries about the event, please email: hopper2020@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Eventbrite Registration London Hopper 2020


Speaker Prizes: the following three prizes will be awarded:

Speaker prize (chosen by the judges) £150. Invitation to be a speaker in the following year's London Hopper. 1-year membership of BCS

Runner up Prize (chosen by the judges) £150

People's Choice Prize (chosen by popular vote of the attendees) £150

Finalist Prizes: The following finalist prize* will be given to each finalist who makes a presentation but who does not win one of the 3 speaker prizes.£30

Cash prizes and awards are provided by IBM; the 1-year membership of BCS is provided by BCSWomen.

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.  

Supporters of the 2020 Colloquium

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. Our degrees reflect the ever-increasing importance of fields such as virtual environments, financial computing, and machine learning; and new programmes in Web Science and Business Analytics reflect latest trends in technology and industry. 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, educators 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.

Further details at the Eventbrite registration page.