London conference reflections

Last week a small group of Year 11 and 12 students had a chance to participate in the ‘Maths and Computing in Action’ conference in London. From entertaining lectures by Oxford mathematician and author David Acheson, to an emotional story of Fermat’s Last theorem delivered by the one and only Simon Singh, our students were wowed and inspired by some of the possibilities that mathematics and computing create. See below for some of their reflections on the trip:

“There were many incredibly riveting lectures throughout the two days; some of the ones I enjoyed the most took place during the Computer Science conference. With lectures by numerous experts and professionals, I was exposed to the inner workings and practical applications of deep learning and autonomous robots. Specifically, Dr Prorok – assistant professor at the University of Cambridge – who gave a fascinating insight into collective movement, a decentralised system inspired by nature where interactions between individual robots in a large swarm create emergent properties. That was one moment among a plethora of others that were really stimulating and broadened my view of mathematics and computer science.”
Jason W. Year 12

“My favourite part of the conference was a presentation about statistics delivered during the first day, which was focused on maths. The speech was by Michael Blastland (creator of the iconic ‘More or Less’ BBC Radio 4 programme), who discussed what to be aware of when reading stats and data-based articles. It struck me just how dangerous inaccurate conclusions may be, and I learned a lot about how to avoid being misled.”
Bara L. Year 12

“Both of the days at the Education in action were very interesting. I must say that my highlight was the presentation by Amanda Prorok on Wednesday about robotics and how a collective intelligence would be successful at alleviating the problems of traffic. There was also a presentation from astronaut trainee Jackie Bell, which I really liked. She discussed challenges and approaches when training as an astronaut, and how her mathematical abilities helped her.”
Jakub C. Year 12



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