Hi everyone,

I’m sure some of you have noticed the rain falling this afternoon. We’ve decided to move the CompSoc picnic indoors. You can join us in the UGSA this afternoon to play some board games and relax.

Next week we’ll be hosting our first talk of the term, by DPhil candidate Artem Kaznatcheev. Artem will be speaking about how he has applied computational complexity theory to analyse the process of evolution. This should be very interesting for computer scientists and biologists alike, so we very much hope you’ll join us on Wednesday. Of course, you’ll have a chance to chat with Artem after the talk over pizza.

For those interested in graduate positions or internship opportunities, gold sponsor TPP are holding logic & reasoning tests later this term.

Have a great week,

The CompSoc committee


INDOOR CompSoc Picnic

17:00 Saturday, Week 3 The University Parks UGSA, Department of Computer Science

Join us in the Uni Parks UGSA for a few hours of connecting with nature each other, playing football and frisbee board games, enjoying some food and finally in the UGSA for pizza.

We will be in the parks UGSA from 5pm, so join us whenever you can!

Algorithmic Biology: Evolution is an algorithm; let us analyze it like one

19:00 Wednesday, Week 4, Lecture Theatre A, Department of Computer Science

CompSoc welcomes Oxford DPhil candidate Artem Kaznatcheev to talk about his exciting work at the interface between computer science and biology. Pizza and drinks provided.

Abstract: Evolutionary biology and theoretical computer science are fundamentally interconnected. In the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, we can see the emergence of concepts that theoretical computer scientists would later hold as central to their discipline. Ideas like asymptotic analysis, the role of algorithms in nature, distributed computation, and analogy from man-made to natural control processes. By recognizing evolution as an algorithm, we can continue to apply the mathematical tools of computer science to solve biological puzzles – to build an algorithmic biology.

Bio: Artem Kaznatcheev is a DPhil Candidate at the Department of Computer Science and a Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar at Oriel College. He is also affiliated with the Department of Translational Hematology & Oncology Research at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, USA. Prior to coming to Oxford, Artem was at McGill University, University of Waterloo, and the Moffitt Cancer Center. He uses theoretical computer science and experimental cancer biology to understand and further the role of theoretical and experimental abstraction in evolution.

Geek Night 4

19:00 Saturday, Week 4, UGSA, Department of Computer Science

We haven’t quite finalised our plans for this one, but expect the usual social night with some added bonuses!

Entrepeneurship in Computing - a different path

19:00 Wednesday, Week 5, Lecture Theatre A, Department of Computer Science

Oxford alumnus Ian Hardingham joins CompSoc to talk about his experience with start-ups. Pizza and drinks provided.

Abstract: It’s a better time than ever to be a software engineer - they are in high demand and companies are constantly improving the quality of life of their developers. You can earn a good salary and have a great work/life balance. But there is a different way - you can work more, earn less, and deal with difficult interpersonal issues without a professional HR department. Also known as living the dream. Every computer science student at Oxford has likely at least considered being part of a start-up. I’ll talk about my experiences working in every stage of the start-up process; try and help you work out if it’s for you; and tell you where to focus your efforts if you would like to lead or join a new team.

Bio: Ian founded Mode 7 Ltd after graduating from Oriel college in Computer Science in 2003, boot-strapping it to a company with a six-figure turnover and a high degree of name recognition around the gaming industry. To fund Mode 7’s second stage, he worked a large contract for broadcast TV; writing a content management and streaming system still used by many shows today. After moving on from Mode 7, he is now Chief Technology Officer for Oxford Brain Diagnostics, an Oxford University spin-out doing research and development in detection of Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.

Sponsor Notices

TPP holding logic & reasoning tests for graduate roles and internships

TPP is holding logic & reasoning tests in the Said Business School in Oxford on 28th May for a number of our graduate roles.

TPP is a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through our innovative products. We’re currently hiring for seven different graduate roles and for our 2019 summer intern programme. We’re looking for the brightest minds from the UK’s top universities who have a passion for problem solving. No experience is required and we accept applicants from all disciplines.

If you are interested in applying, you can book into a slot that suits you. Please visit our website here; https://tpp-careers.com/aptitude-test/

Other Notices

Oxford Foundry pre-accelerator programme for female-led startups

Do you have an early-stage female-led startup? The Oxford Foundry have launched applications for this year’s L.E.V8 Women pre-accelerator programme which will take you through a combination of intensive, immersive learning workshops and 1:1 mentoring from our incredible L.E.V8 Women Ambassadors. You will come away from the experience with the tools you need to take your venture forward with confidence and purpose. Applications close on 9th June. APPLY NOW!

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