School of CS newsletterPublished: Thursday, 02 November 2017
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Geoff Tootill died last Thursday after a short illness.
Geoff was one of the team of three pioneers - with Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams - who came from TRE Malvern to Manchester University and created the original "Baby" computer which first ran a program on 21 June 1948.
Geoff was born in Chadderton. He obtained his Mathematics MA from Cambridge and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester for work done on the `Baby' machine. After graduation from Cambridge he was a scientific officer with Fighter and Bomber Command before being transferred to TRE where he worked on airborne centimetric radar. He then joined FC Williams' group at Manchester and helped Tom Kilburn design and build the Baby. Soon after the Baby ran its first program, he left the University to work for Ferranti and so carried out an important `technology transfer' role during the period that Ferranti were beginning to build the Mark 1. Between 1949 and 1954 he was a senior lecturer at Shrivenham. He then took up a post as Senior Scientific Officer at Farnborough where he stayed until 1963.
His varied career continued with spells at the European Space Agency, the DTI, the Executive Office of European Informatics Network Project and the National Maritime Institute.
The image shows Geoff on April 4th 2005 at the opening of the Tootill Teaching Laboratory in the Kilburn Building.
[ top ]Events
Cyberspace – an interactive domain of digital networks and controllers. Our interactions in a highly connected world have far reaching consequences. As more and more devices are connected to this digital network, issues of individual privacy, security of systems become more important. For the governments, it becomes imperative to provide a safe and secure environment for its citizens to conduct their daily lives, critical infrastructure to operate effectively and industries to flourish in a vibrant economy. A robust policy accompanied by a legal framework fit for purpose will enable a safe and secure environment. National strategy has quite rightly identified the importance of education in providing safe environment.
This conference aims to provide an ideal platform to discuss some of the challenges in developing appropriate educational programmes ranging from appreciation and awareness level to master level programmes. We are expecting active participation from all sectors including, government, police, industry, MOD, finance, health service, and national infrastructure. We would like to hear how others are addressing the challenges of Cyber education.
This event will attract delegates from industry, academia and the military.
Call for Papers
Expert speakers are being invited from a wide base but if you would like to present a paper on a topic you feel is relevant to any of the themes above, please submit an unclassified abstract of around 200 words by e-mail to Leanne by no later than 26 January 2018. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.
For more detail on the event, including Registration, booking sponsorship, and particularly the programme in due course, please check our website.