Skip to main content

Andrew and Kathleen Booth Memorial Lecture

The Andrew and Kathleen Booth Memorial Lecture is delivered annually by world-renowned scholars and practitioners of computer science, to commemorate the pioneering work of Professor Andrew Booth and Kathleen Booth (née Britten) at Birkbeck. 

In 1947, both academics visited the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton University, where they worked with John von Neumann, one of the most influential early computer pioneers. Their best-known machine, the APEC (All-Purpose Electronic Computer), was designed in Birkbeck’s Computation Laboratory (now the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems) in 1952. 

2018

Professor Zoubin Ghahramani, FRS: 'Future directions of machine learning and artificial intelligence (video)'  

2017

Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley: 'Pioneering women in computing (video)

2016

Professor Andrew Blake: 'Data-centric engineering and the Alan Turing Institute (video)

2015

Professor Dame Wendy Hall: 'The importance of web science (video)