Presentation on LEO computers at London Hopper Colloquium

Elisabetta Mori, 2nd. from left, waiting to give her Spotlight presentation at London Hopper 2017

The London Hopper Colloquium  is an annual one day event for researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. It is modelled on the American Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which aims to bring the research and career interests of women in the spotlight. These annual American meetings are held as a tribute to Admiral
Grace Murray Hopper – pioneer of one of the first high-level computer language COBOL and was one of the first programmers of Harvard Mark I computer. She inspired many young U.S. Naval computing students at the time and still continues to do so years after her death.

Elisabetta Mori, 2nd. from left, waiting to hear the results of the Spotlight competition at London Hopper 2017

This year, the 13th London Hopper Colloquium was organised by UCL and the BCS Academy on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the BCS headquarters in London. We are delighted to announce that Elisabetta Mori, a PhD student at Middlesex, was chosen to present her work in a research spotlight on the day. Ms Mori’s research focuses on the LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) computers developed by the catering firm J. Lyons and Co in the 1950s. In particular, she is investigating the social, political and business circumstances that contributed to the success and later decline of LEO Computers, as well as the technical developments and
hardware design.

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Middlesex Women in Computing travel to BCS in Aberystwyth to win award!

The Women in Computing group at Middlesex, coordinated by Kelly Androutsopoulos, was founded in 2014 . The purpose of this group is to bring together Middlesex-affiliated women who are studying or interested in Computing and to share common interests, concerns and ambitions. We have over 40 members. We post events or interest and communicate via the following facebook group (closed group). Please feel free to join if you are interested:

One of our aims is to help undergraduate students participate in the BCS Lovelace Colloquium, which is an annual one day conference for women students of Computing. The colloquium provides a forum for undegraduate and masters students to discuss their own work in the form of a poster contest, with cash prizes provided by industry sponsors. Also, it provides a series of inspiring talks from women in computing in industry and academia and a chance for networking and obtaining career advice.
This year, the BCS Lovelace Colloquium was held on the 11-12th April at Aberystwyth University, and had around 200 participants. We had 6 undergraduate students participating from Computer Science, three from the first year, two from the second and one from the third. The topics of the posters were varied, e.g. one described a Robot that a student built for Eurobot and how it could build a moon base autonomously, another was on Virtual Reality and looked at its affect on the body, while another considered the ethical issues with autonomous systems. This year, Rosie Hyde, a third year student, won the People’s Choice Award (where all attendees vote for their two favourite posters) for her poster titled “Can Stress and Anxiety be Tracked Through Wearable Technology?” which is based on her final year project.




Samson Abramsky awarded Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University

Professor Samson Abramsky FRS was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University. Samson is the Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He has local connections. Samson grew up in Golders Green and went to school in Hendon. His PhD supervisor was Richard Bornat, and Samson was the PhD supervisor of Rajagopal Nagarajan. Both Richard and Raja are professors in the department. From Left to Right: Vice Chancellor Tim Blackman, Professor Samson Abramsky, Professor Raja Nagarajan, and Pro Chancellor Lorna Cocking.

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News Vacancies

Fully funded PhD position in History and Philosophy of Computing

The Department of Computer Science at Middlesex University, together with the LEO Computers Society are looking for a PhD Candidate for a research project in the area of History and Philosophy of Computing. This will incorporate research into the objectives, design, construction and market penetration of the LEO I, II and III computers, developed by the catering firm J. Lyons and Co., and its subsidiary LEO Computers Limited – subsequently incorporated in different companies (English Electric LEO, English Electric Leo Marconi, ICL, Standard Telephones and Cables and finally Fujitsu).

Further details and instructions on how to apply available at:


Quality awards for two papers!

  • Second Best full paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Assessing Real World Imagery in Virtual Environments for People with Cognitive Disabilities” by Alexandra Covaci, Dean Kramer, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University), Silvia Rus, and Andreas Braun (Fraunhofer)
  • Best Short Paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Developing Navigational Services for People with Down’s Syndrome” by Dean Kramer, Alexandra Covaci, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University)

Three papers were selected in each category based on the scores assigned by the reviewers, then the public voted for the best of these three.


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Office: T109 Town Hall Building, Hendon Campus


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News Vacancies

Research Fellow position in Modelling Tools

A 36-month fellowship position is available to work on the XMF/XModeler toolset. The post is  in collaboration with the Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

More information can be found here:

Please contact Prof. Tony Clark if you wish to discuss the post in further detail.


Professor Juan Augusto named senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Juan Carlos Augusto has been elected senior member of AAAI. As mentioned on the nomination page, “Senior Member status is designed to recognize AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments within the field of artificial intelligence“,

Juan is the Head of the research group on Intelligent Environments; additional details are available on his web page at