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School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
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March 28, 2018 09:26 AM PDT

We caught up with Dr Andy Harter at the recent BCS/IET Turing Lecture 2018 as it entered it's 20th year at The University of Manchester back in February.

We discussed the topic of his talk on the role of "art" in innovation and technology, including not only the aesthetic but also craft, design, skill, invention and intuition.

We also talk about his background as Director of Research and Engineering at the influential AT&T Cambridge Laboratory and establishing the VNC software for the remote access market.

If you have any questions for the podcast team then please email:

February 28, 2018 08:34 AM PST

Today's episode of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with two of our final year students, Sebastien Masaru and Joshua Langley.

Seb and Josh have been heavily involved in the student community in the School and University, with both having roles in the Computer Science Society (http://cssoc.co.uk), helping organise, and presenting at, Hackathons around the country, and hosting regular Staff v Student quizzes inside the School.

We talk what the student social network is like, why they prefer Manchester over London, the relationship between staff and students and some of the memories they will take away with them forever.

Here is a video to the Great Uni Hack event discussed in the podcast:

If you want to contact the podcast team please email us at jez.lloyd@manchester.ac.uk
or catch us on Twitter @csmcr!

November 20, 2017 03:31 AM PST

Today's episode features an interview with 2016 BSc Computer Science graduate Todd Davies, who came back to Manchester recently to present a guest lecture to our current Undergraduates.

Todd is now working full time as a Software Engineer at the Google Offices in Munich, Germany. After initially undertaking a summer internship, Todd starting working there full time last year.

We talk about a range of things, including the google recruitment process, and what his role entails in Munich. We also discuss his experiences on degree, his infamous 'Todd's Notes' and the surprising price of Lederhosen!

Follow us on twitter for all the latest news from the School of Computer Science: @csmcr

If you are interested in studying a degree in CS please explore our website for more information:

October 31, 2017 09:58 AM PDT

Today's episode features an extended interview with 2 key academic staff that help shape the Software Engineering course here in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, both at Undergraduate level and at Advanced Computer Science for MSc study.

We talk to Dr Bijan Parsia and Dr Suzanne Embury about the many challenges of teaching the subject, what different techniques they use, the importance of team working and collaboration with Industry, and what skill sets they believe make a really good Software Engineer.

Find out more about Bijan and his work:

And Suzanne:

Follow the School on Twitter for all the latest news and information @csmcr

August 23, 2017 06:46 AM PDT

Episode 19 of the CS@Manchester Podcast features interviews with a range of our Undergraduate students (now graduates!) at our recent summer graduation.

Gavin Donald from our Student Support office managed to catch up with graduates in the marquee and lawn outside the Alan Gilbert Common Rooms, whilst celebrating their achievements with family and friends, after the graduation ceremony in the Whitworth Hall.

He asks them how they were feeling after graduating, what their highlights have been in Manchester and where they are heading off for the next step of their career.

Featured in the interviews are Theodora Bors, Yazan Mehyar, Grzegorz Jancekow, Josh Dawes, Andi Zhang, Bryn Hanby-Roberts , Joe Razavi and Natalie Silver.

Please subscribe to us on iTunes or your preferred podcast app and follow us on twitter @csmcr for all the latest news from the School.


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May 15, 2017 03:34 AM PDT

Episode 18 of the CS@Manchester podcast focuses on life in Computer Science from an Industry perspective, with an interview with Craig Dean, the CEO of Web Applications UK: https://www.webapplicationsuk.com.

We speak to Craig about his first interest in computers, his fascinating career path, including a life changing experience working for a few years in Africa and his thoughts on computer science education. He tells us why he loves to find out something he doesn't know and acknowledging the fact that as a developer there should always be more to learn.

We also talk about his focus on community engagement and instilling a passion for coding and developing to students, school children and adults.

Craig has done a number of guest lectures at the University, including his 'To Boldly Go' talk, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WebAppsUK

Follow @webappsuk

Follow and get in touch with the podcast team @csmcr

April 20, 2017 07:39 AM PDT

Episode 17 of the CS@Manchester features an interview with Professor David J. Malan from Harvard University.

We were delighted to be joined by David, who visited Manchester to present to the School and support a student hackathon event organised by our own HackSoc Manchester.

We spoke to him about the origins and ethos of CS50, what makes it so unique and how it's delivered on campus at Harvard and the incredible impact it's having on students worldwide.

Find out more about CS50 here:

April 07, 2017 06:52 AM PDT

Episode 16 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Jon Parkinson, a PhD student here coming to the end of the four-year programme.

Jon talks to us about why he chose to change his career and study computer science, why he came to choose to study in the area of Machine learning.

We talk about how he's enjoyed the course and what it feels like to reach the end of the PhD.

I hope you enjoy today's episode. If you have any ideas for what you would like to be featured in this podcast please contact us!


Find out more about studying a PhD in the School of Computer Science:
More on the Machine learning research group:

March 16, 2017 05:10 AM PDT

Part two of our Hackathon special episodes features interviews with organisers, sponsors and hackers at the Student Hack V event at Media City.

Featured in the episode is second year HCI student Stefania Hristea and Ankur Banerjee from @Accenture, who sponsored the event and set a hack challenge (@ankurb).

Also I speak to Luke Beamish, a first year hacking at the event, sponsors Julian Bucknall and Mohammad Azzam from @Barclays bank and finally organiser Ben Possible (@benpossible), a student currently out on his industrial experience year, with former PhD student and mentor Andrew Leeming (@leemingA).

Want to find out more about Hackathons in manchester?

Check out the Hacksoc pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HackSocManc/

March 10, 2017 07:58 AM PST

Part 1 of Episode 15 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Cristian Bodnar, a second year student here and one of the organisers of the Student Hack V event, which is at Media city this weekend (10-12 March 2017). Cristian is also member of the HackSoc here in the School of Computer Science.

I ask him what hackathons are all about, why he's got involved and what someone would expect to get out of attending one of these huge events!

Part two will be released next week, featuring interviews with participants and other organisers at the event this weekend.

If you want to contact us just send us a tweet! @csmcr

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