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Computer students present to a national audience at live event


University of Wolverhampton students presented at a national conference focused on women in the IT industry recently.

Despite the challenges of another lockdown preventing networking and attending events for many students, five female students studying for Computer Science degrees were accepted onto the Lovelace Colloquium which was held virtually on Tuesday 30th March 2021.

The conference is named after Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and writer who was considered to be one of the first computer programmers.

Chloe Allen-Ede, Amy Ellis, Saxon Partridge-Smith, Sanchia Mowatt and Jilliane Manansala presented a research poster on a topic related to computer science including hacking scandals, quantum computing, female teachers in computer science and the dark web at the conference in a bid to win potential prizes from companies like JP Morgan, Amazon, STFC just to name a few. Prizes can include anything from Ada lovelace T-shirts, gift vouchers up to internship opportunities.

The Women Lovelace Colloquium is a national conference introduced by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT, for female students of computing and similar subject and provides opportunities for students to share ideas, attend talks from academia and industry and networking opportunities. 

The conference was attended by academics, businesses and entrepreneurs from across the UK.

Chloe said: “During this time we can accelerate our learning by attending online events around the world and still participate regardless of the pandemic.

“This is one of the advantages of studying at the University of Wolverhampton. We get to interact not only with other students but with professionals within the industry.

“My poster looks at how quantum computers (QC) compare to classical computers in terms of time to execute a programme. It was a topic I started learning about in one of my modules and enjoyed it so much that I started doing further research on it. I look at questions such as, how much quicker are QC compared to our computers at home, the energy usage comparing similar problems that can run on super computers and will we soon be seeing QC in our homes! This was such a fun experience doing the research, poster design and recording a short explanation video of my topic; I even got to run my program on a real quantum computer which was very exciting!”


Dr Herb Daly, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "It's fantastic that students are encouraged to take part in events such as the Lovelace Colloquium especially during the pandemic when there are fewer opportunities to take part in physical events.

“They will experience a new way of networking and presenting their posters to an active community online which will be a great experience."

The students are studying a mixture of degree courses including Physics, Cybersecurity and Computer Science.

Anyone interested in studying in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wolverhampton should register for one of the forthcoming Virtual Open Days.


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