Professor Jack Cole initiated the Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) in 1969 with a view to exposing students and other interested parties to leading edge topics in Computer Science. He felt that most conferences priced themselves too highly to be used as general educational resources, and accordingly the cost of attending these open lectures has been held to a minimum through support from The School of Computer Science, and sponsorship from industry. The format of the series was changed in 1998 from a two-day event with two speakers addressing different aspects of the same topic, to two separate days with independent topics.

Following the pandemic and re-introduction of an in-person DLS, the format was changed to having one set of lectures by distinguished invited speakers each year. Details will be announced during the semester.

Attendance at all of the lectures is compulsory for final year Single Honours BSc and MSci students and for MSc students on Computer Science programmes. All other students are very welcome to attend. To avoid any doubt, attendance is compulsory and will be monitored for the following student groups:

  • BSc Computer Science (4th level – final year) – not joint honours programmes
  • MSci Computer Science (5th level – final year) – not joint honours programmes
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Computing and Information Technology
  • MSc Human Computer Interaction
  • MSc Information Technology
  • MSc Software Engineering

Undergraduate students from first, second, third year, and fourth year MSci, those on joint programmes and PGT students on programmes not listed above are welcome to attend the lectures if there is no clash with any of their regular classes.

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Last Published: 14 Jun 2024.