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Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

An Introduction to Programs

Professor Richard Harvey

Niklaus Wirth said Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs. But programs are more than that. They are ubiquitous in modern life, but only a tiny minority of the population know how to program. Programmers, coders or developers are therefore seen as the most rarefied of individuals – disconnected from society yet with enormous influence and power. 

This lecture examines what programming is, who invented it, and how it is changing to better represent the needs of modern society.

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Richard Harvey is IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College and Professor at the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

He is also the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Admissions at the University of East Anglia. Before joining UEA in 1993, Professor Harvey was a mathematician at first Plessey Naval Systems and then Marconi Underwater Systems.

Professor Harvey holds a PhD in the application of statistical estimation theory to the passive synthetic aperture problem. In his early career, he focused on problems in signal processing, acoustics and vibration.

His research now focuses on artificial intelligence and computer vision. Recently he has been working in the field of artificial lip-reading which fascinates him because of the scientific challenge and allows him to debunk false claims and misunderstandings.

He routinely speaks at schools and conferences around the country both on technical topics related to Computer Science but also on matters relating to admissions policy and widening participation.

Professor Harvey has also acted as a consultant for international companies and as Executive and Non-Executive Director for several spin-outs and start-ups.

Professor Harvey's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 Six Tech Inventions That Changed The World

2020/21 Great Ideas from Computer Science

2019/20 The Digital State

2018/19 The Science of Information

All lectures by the IT Livery Company Professors of Information Technology can be accessed here.

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