We host a number of events in the Department of Computer Science.


Women+@DCS seminar series

women+@DCS is a group that supports activities for promoting greater inclusion and visibility in computer science teaching, research and academic leadership. Please join us for this upcoming series of seminars. Details will be posted here.

A list of past Women+@DCS seminars can be found on the Women+@DCS website

Departmental seminar series 

Inaugural Lectures

All new professors, whether they have been internally promoted or appointed externally, are given the opportunity to give an inaugural lecture. The Department's Inaugural Lecture series provides an opportunity to celebrate these achievements with each lecture representing a significant milestone in an academic's career.

The normal format is for a lecture of approximately an hour, followed by a celebratory wine reception.

Lectures are open to all University staff and students as well as to members of the public. Please see below for upcoming lectures and for details of how to obtain a ticket.

Past Inaugural Lectures

The making of ourselves: from psychology to robotics

Professor Tony J. Prescott

Wed 28 November 2018

Abstract: This talk will explore how the approach of brain-based robotics is illuminating our understanding of animal and human brains, minds and behavior, from the fossil trails left by precambrain animals, through the brain loops underlying decision-making and exploration in whiskered mammals, to our human capacity for mental time travel. Linking research in neuroscience, psychology and robotics, I will argue that this synthetic (or “understanding through building”) approach can help answer fundamental questions about the human condition including the mystery of the human “sense of self”.

Go to the bee and be wise: algorithms from nature

Professor James Marshall

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Professor James Marshall is the head of the Complex Systems Modelling research group within the Department of Computer Science. His research interests cover modelling of collective behaviour, particularly in social insects, evolutionary theory, decision theory, robotics, and theoretical neuroscience.

Abstract: Honey bees have fascinated humanity for thousands of years, from their ‘political' and ‘economic’ life, to their abilities to solve problems in groups and individually. In this lecture I will talk about my work in understanding how bees work, from collectively choosing the best place to live, to navigating through the world. I will talk about bees’ individual brains, but also about how they might collectively function like a brain. I will discuss what engineering may learn from the bee. There will be bee-inspired robots, and probably some honey.

The beat goes on... How computer models help us understand how our hearts beat.

Professor Richard Clayton

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Professor Richard Clayton is part of the Complex Systems Modelling research group within the Department of Computer Science.  His research interests are focussed on developing physics-based and mechanistic computational models and simulations as tools to examine the structure and function of human tissues and organs. This theme aligns with the INSIGNEO institute for in-silico medicine in Sheffield.

Abstract: Each time our heart beats, an extraordinary sequence of events takes place at spatial scales ranging from single molecules right up to the whole organ. These intricate mechanisms continue to work reliably throughout our lifetimes. So what are they? What can go wrong? And what have computers got to do with it all? In this lecture I will address these questions, and show how an engineering mindset can not only shed light on the way that biological systems behave, but also pose some important scientific questions about the nature of living things.

Institute of Coding talks

The IoC series of talks aim to bring together Computer Science and Software Engineering students and industry practitioners - for the benefit of both. Speakers will mainly be industry practitioners; typically focused on their personal experiences with the aim of increasing the audience's understanding of their industry and its context.

About the Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a government-funded project that aims to develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused digital skills education across the UK. It brings together universities, large corporates, small and medium-sized enterprises, established industry groups, experts in the delivery of distance and non-traditional learning and professional bodies. For more information see

ZOO Digital: an 18-year-old startup

Stuart Green, CEO of ZOO Digital will be talking about ZOO Digital: an 18-year-old startup and Giles Moore, Co-Founder, Airstoc and Rekkommend will talk about The Highs and Lows of being an Entrepreneur and Why we still do it

21 March 2019

ZOO Digital: an 18-year-old startup - ZOO Digital provides technology and services to producers of TV series and feature films to enable their content to be subtitled and dubbed in any language and prepared for sale with all major online platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google and Hulu. ZOO’s services are powered by its proprietary cloud software which is enabling thousands of translators, voice artists and others located around the world to collaborate efficiently to create global content launches.

The Highs and Lows of being an Entrepreneur - Giles’s first tech venture - going from raising VC money for a start-up in Sheffield and being globally recognised to making mistakes and having to close the doors.

and Why we still do it - Taking on board the learnings from his first venture, to explain what will be different in his next tech venture. Providing insight into the mistakes made and how to avoid these.

Refreshments including pizza will be provided.

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Student Startups

Zak Ahmed: Director, AALFY
GAP model (Growth, Autonomy, Purpose), Social Enterprises and purpose-led businesses

21 February 2019

Zak will share his experience of developing social projects such as: 
Learn Create Sell - which enables participants to learn how to take opportunities, make decisions, reflect on setbacks and celebrate successes through a combination of training, product design and trading. 
The Makerpreneur Programme - An alternative provision which explores the future world of work for young people at risk of becoming excluded from mainstream education
Ar' City tech festival- A festival based on the playable city concept, Ar' City aims to empower young people (14-30) to re-imagine the city through tech and play.

Dr Sam Chapman: Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Founder and Director, The Floow
Rapid Start-Up Growth

21 February 2019

Sam Chapman - from the Floow in Sheffield - will be talking from example about means to enable rapid start-up growth whilst maintaining a focus on innovation and client needs.

T-Shaped Engineers

Ricky Barefield - Technical Architect - BJSS

7 February 2019

Ricky will be giving a presentation on ‘T-Shaped Engineers’ and how coding isn’t the only thing you’re likely to do during a career in Software development. The talk will cover what else we need to consider when we’re coding, other than core functionality, as well as what the rest of a day might have in store.

Having previously studied in the DCS, Ricky is now a Technical Architect and the Server Side Development Capability Lead for BJSS. BJSS is the UK’s largest privately-owned IT and Business Consultancy. As the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, they work with the world’s largest organisations, delivering the IT solutions that millions of people use every day.

Ricky’s presentation will also explain a little more about how consultancies fit into the wider industry – and why you might or might not want to work for one.

Opportunities in Sheffield’s Tech Industry

Chris Dymond - Director - Sheffield Digital

7 February 2019

Chris is a co-founder and director of Sheffield Digital, the city's association for digital industries and the people who work in them.
Sheffield Digital was founded in 2015 with a mission to connect, promote and represent the local tech industry, which means he is well placed to talk about the wide variety of activity and roles available in Sheffield's rapidly developing digital cluster.

Chris is himself a technology professional, having started out as a software engineer, before becoming a project manager and then delivery and digital innovation executive. Chris now works to develop cities and other places, via his capacity-building agency Unfolding and smart society specialists Perform Green. He is also a director of the Sheffield UTC Multi-academy Trust, which runs too local secondary schools that specialise in digital subjects, and is an entrepreneur in residence at Sheffield Hallam University.

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