First Year Employability Lectures 2017-2018

This year the Employability Lectures Series runs every Monday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 in room H116.


Date and timeSpeakerDetails
09/10/2017Prof. Balbir Barn (Middlesex University)Computer Science at Middlesex: Reasons to be cheerful.

In this talk, I will discuss computer science as an important subject and a career, identifying some important industrial trends and how you can maximise your educational experience at Middlesex. I will try and counter some of the issues around employability and what you can do. Finally, I will outline some of the research being conducted by your tutors, how it fits in with the taught programmes and how you can also participate in the co-design of your own learning.
16/10/2017Stevan Zivanovic (BTTB Ltd)What it takes to be a Software Tester

Stevan will describe how he became involved in software testing and why he has found it such an exciting area for over 25 years. We will also explore what software testing is and why it is such a large part of the IT industry.
23/10/2017Dr. Bob Fields (Middlesex University)Generating Insights using Mobile Technology

In this talk I will describe the Insight project, a collaboration between CS, Product Design, and Psychology, that has resulted in research tools for collecting and analysing research data. Insight began as a project to collect rich, near-real-time data from participants in a study focused on mental health, using mobile phone apps and wearable technology. Study participants can be sampled many times over the course of a study, and the data uploaded to a server for later analysis. The tools are being used in a number of studies that go beyond the original focus of mental health. In the talk, I will highlight how projects like Insight can present Computer Scientists some of the most interesting opportunities that arise when working with such a range of different specialists – including designers, psychologists, architects, and healthcare professionals. Finding out about how other experts work and think, and how users make sense of the systems we develop, can be among the most fascinating challenges open to us.
30/10/2017Prof. Franco Raimondi (Middlesex University)Avoiding errors in complex and critical systems.

An increasing large number of tasks are delegated to computer systems in which software and hardware interact: think of autopilots in modern planes, autonomous cars, medical devices, etc. However, these systems are typically built by humans and are therefore subject to human errors, not only in terms of "software bugs", but also in terms of design mistakes. In this talk I will present some approaches that help in the construction of more robust systems, ranging from testing to model checking, presenting some of my work in the area.
06/11/2017Enrico Scalavino (Google)Designing and Building Products At Google.

The aim of this talk is to give an idea of what Google's approach to product design and engineering looks like, who the people involved are, what their roles are and how they interact with each other.
13/11/2017Michele Sama (Gluru)From UX/UI to UX/AI: educating businesses to trade control for predictive automation

The opposable thumb has been driving the evolution of human civilisation from its dawn. From cutlery to smartphones being able to "handle" tools gives us a sense of being in control and being productive. Software is no different: UIs have been designed for decades to give users manual control. With the commercialisation of machine learning being in control is no longer necessary and delegating a predictive model is often more efficient. In this talk I will guide you through the journey that businesses have to undertake to trade manual control in favour of predictive automation.
20/11/2017Prof. Xiaohong Gao (Middlesex University)Deep machine learning, the state of the art

In this talk, the introduction of deep learning techniques will be given, in particular with regard to their application and prosperity, in the fields of computer vision and natural language processing.
27/11/2017Tomas Petricek (Alan Turing Institute)Building Better Data Science Tools (while avoiding a real world job!)

Data science is hard. You need to learn how to write web scrapers, analyse and clean messy data, design statistical models, build interactive web-based visualizations and many more. Can better programming tools reduce the vast number of different technologies that one needs to learn? In this talk, I will present some of my work on making data science easier for professional developers (, but also for journalists ( Along the way, I will talk about my personal story of how I got to work on these projects while mostly remaining an independent open-source contributor – as a PhD student in Cambridge, intern in a New York hedge fund, contractor for Microsoft Research and recipient of a grant from Google.
04/12/2017Prof. Rajagopal Nagarajan (Middlesex University)Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Quantum Cryptography*
(*But Were Afraid to Ask)

The novel field of quantum computing and quantum information has gathered significant impetus in the last few years, and it has the potential to radically impact the future of information technology. While the successful construction of a large-scale quantum computer may be some years away, secure communication involving quantum cryptography has already been demonstrated in several scenarios and practical equipment for quantum cryptography is commercially available. In this talk, I shall introduce a few basic concepts of quantum information processing, give an overview of quantum cryptography and discuss state-of-the-art.
11/12/2017Rosie Hyde (Pirum Systems Ltd)How to Survive the Job Market

Finding a job after University is a maze, in this presentation I will talk about how I made my way through it and give tips on making the whole process easier. I will also discuss what it’s like to work as a graduate and what I do in my graduate job.
15/01/2018Dr. Simon Attfield
(Middlesex University)
22/01/2018Prof. William Wong (Middlesex University)TBA
29/01/2018Andrea Magnorsky (Goodlord)TBA
05/02/2018Dr. David Windridge (Middlesex University)TBA
19/02/2018Prof. Richard Bornat (Middlesex University)TBA
26/02/2018Nikos Gorogiannis (Facebook)TBA
05/03/2018Prof. Andreas Albrecht (Middlesex University)TBA
12/03/2018Armando Pesenti Gritti (EngageHub)TBA
19/03/2018Juan Augusto (Middlesex University)TBA
26/03/2018Russell Weetch (SmXi)TBA
09/04/2018Yuan Yuan Zhang (UCL)TBA