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HT7 Newsletter: AI Talk with a famous researcher, and our Annual General Meeting!
Time flies! This week's social is our last for this term, and it's a big one
because we'll be letting YOU all run for committee positions - and shaping the future
of CompSoc! (someone with freer weekends apply for Marketing Manager pleaseee this pretty
html newsletter is my precious lil baby but I think at this rate it might grow up with
We also have a really awesome Thursday Talk coming up from a well known
researcher/professor in the AI field. Cool stuff. See you there!
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Human-like AI talk with Prof Mark Lee, a distinguished intelligent systems researcher!
Artificial intelligence has made enormous advances over the last decade. But concerns with
the deep learning approach are growing. If AI is becoming so powerful, why are there
issues with errors, bias, safety, and resources? If AI is advancing so fast, why isn’t it
more human-friendly? And why is AI nowhere near human intelligence?
This talk will explore these problems and argue that we need to move to an AI that behaves
more like humans, has a subjective perspective, and is much more adaptive. It will draw on
the speaker's research and condense his experience for the next steps towards a more
Mark Lee is Emeritus Professor of Intelligent Systems in the Department of Computer
Science at Aberystwyth University. Prof Lee's main research interests concern
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has won over £12m of research funding from UK and
EU agencies, published over 200 papers, and collaborates with colleagues in many countries
and with major industrial companies. Prof Lee has degrees in engineering (Swansea), a PhD
in psychology (Nottingham), and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and the
Institution of Engineering and Technology. His most recent work is in the new field of
Developmental Robotics which is exploring computational models of infant development for
use as novel robot learning techniques.
When: 5-6PM, Thursday 2nd March
Where: Lecture Theatre B, Department of Computer Science 7 Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3QG
Click 'Going' here: https://fb.me/e/2iPMxujvY
Saturday Social: Annual General Meeting
Join us for our Annual General Meeting, where we discuss YOUR suggestions on how to make
the society better... and more importantly, choose/vote in our new committee! Voting is
members-only, but we'll appreciate any and all feedback. We'll hear from everyone
running and get a solid team together!
Please send your motions via the dedicated channel on our Discord and run for roles using
the form below before Friday 12pm! Most roles are pretty specialised and not too big of a
termly commitment, but would look fancy on a CV and are a great way to show your
dedication to CS and tech and be a part of something cool :)
Our Discord (members only - not one yet? Hit the big button at the top of this newsletter,
it's only £1!):
We'll round off our last Saturday Social of term with some pizza, fun games and
classic CompSoc chaos!
DESCRIPTION OF ROLES: see below, or this
APPLY FOR COMMITTEE ROLES HERE!! https://forms.gle/FotBrapUcsjrk9hF7
When: 7-11PM, Saturday 4th March
Where: Undergraduate Social Area, Department of Computer Science 7 Parks Rd, Oxford OX1
Click 'Going' here: https://fb.me/e/2oDuNi9WT
Committee Roles to run for!
-- CORE COMMITTEE ROLES --
-- We need people for these roles most!! --
- Primary job consists of managing the rest of the society, making sure that each facet of
the society is working as intended. As such you need to have good leadership and team
- You'll decide the overall the direction that the society takes.
- During the summer, a bulk of your work will consist of contacting sponsors to get them
to re-sponsor the society for another year or to try to onboard new sponsors.
- If there is a Vice-President elected then you can share the workload with them how you
and them see fit.
- Primarily deals with the communications that the society gets through email, from member
inquiries to sponsors.
- Also deals with memberships and mailing list; making sure people are on the right
mailing lists and that members receive the benefits they are promised.
- Creates the weekly newsletter.
- If there is no branding officer or no IT officer then the responsibilities for each is
given to the secretary by default (though you can reshuffle the duties within committee so
long as it gets done).
- Is the person responsible that makes sure that others get the money they require as soon
as possible, as well as making sure that the society gets what it is owed, primarily from
- Creates budgets for each term to regulate our spending and make sure we don't
- Creates accounts to make sure money is being used as expected and that we have the
amount we expect.
-- OTHER COMMITTEE ROLES --
- Shares responsibilities with the President. How this is arranged is up to those elected
but in the past this has often manifested with the Vice-President dealing with the
sponsors and the President with managing the society.
- Primary aim is to plan and organise the socials we hold weekly each term, and as such
the bulk of the work is done over vacations as to prepare for having a term card out on
- Communicates with department to make sure we have access to the spaces we want to use
for our events.
Learn to Code Officers:
- Job is to run the annual Learn-to-Code beginners python workshop that the CompSoc holds
every Michaelmas. The slides have already been created and as such all that is needed from
someone holding this role is to update them if needed and otherwise offer an hour of their
time each week in MT to teach the content to those attending.
Competitive Programming Officers:
- Plans and runs any Competitive Programming styled events during the year. There is a lot
of flexibility in terms of how frequently you'd like to run the events and when you
want to run them.
- Ideally you'd have a decent understanding and experience in Competitive Programming
- Handles social media and newsletter output and general communication of our events to
members through several channels.
- Creates the society's visuals, in the images we use in social media posts, our term
cards or stash!
- You will be given an extensive pack of branding materials to work with, including the
font, colour palette, guides and templates
- The perfect role for artists, creative computer fans or PicsArt enjoyers.
- The role's responsibilities concern the upkeep of our website, servers and general
technical equipment (VR headset, drones etc). The website is in WordPress and as such is
quite simple to update; no experience in web development is required.
Head of Talks:
- Primary job is to invite speakers to the CompSoc and arrange a talks timetable for the
- As with social secretary this needs to be done before term starts for the termcard and
as such a bulk of the work is spent in the vacation sending emails and waiting for
Leaders of Gaming:
- Organises our termly gaming socials, sourcing laptops, Wii's, games etc.
Check out OxWoCS!
Make sure to join OxWoCS (Oxford Women in CS), a society we're working closely with,
if you identify as a woman or woman-adjacent person in CS! They have a host of wonderful
events on, including talks, panels and socials. Computer Science is unfortunately a
subject with one of the biggest gender gaps in Oxford and worldwide, and addressing this
is at the core of OxWoCS.
Mediterranean ML Summer School
A message from the Robotics dept.:
I am co-organizing the Mediterranean Machine Learning (M2L) summer school
) to promote education on
state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques in the Mediterranean region (hence the
name) to university students, graduates, and the industry. After two successful years in
Italy, and distinguished speakers from Google, Microsoft, Apple, NYU, Cambridge, Oxford
and many local companies, this year, it will take place in the last week of August 2023 in
Last year we counted more than 180 participants from the hosting country and over the
world. The one-week curriculum focuses on Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing and
Reinforcement Learning. The summer school is free and the applications just opened at
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