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Sixth Form: Computer Society

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The new student-led Computing Society was set up earlier this term and all students in Years 12-13 are welcome to attend; we meet in Room 28 Tuesdays as per the school's Daily Notices.

Computer Science is a 21st Century skill that enables students to be creators rather than just consumers of technology and the aim of the Society is to help and support students who have a passion for computing and who are keen to discuss and debate any aspect of the subject that interests them.  Whether it be coding and programming, the dawn of artificial intelligence (AI) or the latest technological developments in this fast changing and moving industry, we want to provide an atmosphere in which students can share their proficiency with other like-minded students. Whereas some of us are hoping to study Computer Science at university, others come along as there are distinct overlaps with Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

We welcome thoughts and ideas from students, especially if we can all learn from one another, impart and share knowledge with an emphasis on problem solving applicable across disciplines.

  All are welcome, regardless of whether they study Computer Science so come along and
  find out more.
 
  Freddie Jonas
  Year 13
 
 
February 2019

Computing Society to see Quantum Computing Lecture

The School’s Computing Society is looking forward to its next visit which will be to the Cambridge Science Festival in March to see a lecture delivered by Dr Ulrich Schneider, speaking about Quantum Computers, and their realistic future prospects against some of their more outlandish claims.

Quantum Computers, which fully harness the “weirdness” of quantum mechanics, are supposed to outperform all classical traditional computers, allowing faster and more processing for today’s life challenging problems. They could even be used to search for new drugs, or to cure cancer, or even to solve the problem of traffic jams which would be life-changing indeed!

The outing and lecture which takes place on Monday 18th March 2019 will be the perfect opportunity for the Society to see another aspect of how we are implementing developments in computer science.

 
4th December 2018

The TBSHS Computer Society were very privileged and happy to welcome its second guest speaker, Dr Anandha Gopalan, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London on the 4th December. The session was extremely well attended by Year 12 & 13 students plus we were very happy to see some keen and enthusiastic Year 11 students there too. 

Dr Gopalan spoke briefly about the work currently being completed at Imperial College, whilst also speaking about the importance of Computer Science and its impact on us in the future. He also talked about specific topics, in particular cyber security, artificial intelligence and robotics. After his speech, Dr Gopalan opened up the floor to questions from the audience, which proved insightful as students asked a huge range of questions from Is a driverless car driven solely by AI ethical? How will the medical industry change in the future with advances with robotics and AI? Will anti-virus software ever reach a point where it can stop every type of malware?

The talk and Q&A session was incredibly interesting and allowed students to grasp some of the work currently being researched at Imperial as well as the research being undertaken within the sector as a whole. The Society thanks Dr Gopalan for taking the time and trouble to travel from London to visit us here at TBSHS and present such a fascinating session – he is a tough act to follow!  We wish him every good wish for his research and for the future.

  

 

 

 

 

 

November 27th 2018

Dr Ben Biggs speaks to Computer Society
Former Student returns to speak with Computer Club

We were very pleased to welcome our inaugural speaker, former student Ben Biggs, who visited TBSHS and presented a session to enthusiastic students in the Computing Society. 

Ben spoke about his work relating to tracking and reconstruction using artificial intelligence, with particular attention towards deriving 3D-shape and pose from animals and humans. He also showed off the new Microsoft Hololens, allowing some students to experience their first taste of augmented reality, which was an extraordinary experience.  The work Ben is doing for Microsoft is incredibly exciting and it will be interesting to see if Ben’s developing projects become a part of every-day life in the future.

 The Society thanks Ben for his time and trouble, especially as he’s so busy.  The presentation worked well as a dry run for the International Computer Vision Conference in Perth, Australia where he flies on Friday.  Ben will be addressing 2,000 people at the conference - let’s hope they ask as interesting questions as our Society.

Freddie Jonas
Y13