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.

Two lectures by distinguished invited speakers are arranged each year. Details will be announced during the session. Attendance at all of the lectures on each day is compulsory for Single Honours students in Junior and Senior Honours, for 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 for students on the following programmes:

  • BSc Computer Science (4th level) – not joint honours programmes
  • MSci Computer Science (4th and 5th levels)
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Human Computer Interaction
  • MSc Software Engineering
  • Erasmus Mundus MSc Advanced System Dependability

Failure to attend is penalised by a 1 grade point deduction from the relevant final project/dissertation grade for each day missed.

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Last Published: 18 May 2020.