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10 December 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Symposium is aimed at a broad audience of those interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting new discoveries for the Oxford archives, and other current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.
Thanks to the ACM Digital Library for sponsoring the symposium.

Ada Lovelace Symposium - Celebrating 200 Years of a Computer Visionary Oxford University

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10 December 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Symposium is aimed at a broad audience of those interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting new discoveries for the Oxford archives, and other current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.
Thanks to the ACM Digital Library for sponsoring the symposium.

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    Enchantress of Abstraction, Bride of Science: must Ada Lovelace be a superheroine?

    Enchantress of Abstraction, Bride of Science: must Ada Lovelace be a superheroine?

    Panel discussion to conclude the symposium with Muffy Calder, Valerie Barr, Suw Charman-Anderson, Murray Pittock and Cheryl Praeger. Chair: Muffy Calder, University of Glasgow.
    Speakers:
    Valerie Barr, Union College and Chair ACM-W.
    Suw Charman-Anderson, Founder of Ada Lovelace Day.
    Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow.
    Cheryl Praeger, University of Western Australia
    Cheryl Praeger, University of Western Australia.
    Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 58 min
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    Humans, machines, and the future of work

    Humans, machines, and the future of work

    Moshe Vardi, Rice University explores the question "If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?". Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 39 min
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    Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’

    Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’

    Judith Grabiner, Pitzer College describes how the 19th century saw radical change, producing new ideas of space, destroying the unchallenging authority of mathematics, revolutionising art, making relativity possible and helping create modernism. Includes an introduction by Michael Wooldridge, Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 42 min
    Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’ (Slides)

    Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’ (Slides)

    Judith Grabiner, Pitzer College describes how the 19th century saw radical change, producing new ideas of space, destroying the unchallenging authority of mathematics, revolutionising art, making relativity possible and helping create modernism. Includes an introduction by Michael Wooldridge, Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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    Imaginary engines

    Imaginary engines

    In this talk graphic artist and animator Sydney Padua talks about her bestselling graphic novel "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage". She will also display her 3D animations of how the Analytical Engine would have looked and operated. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 46 min
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    The Analytical Engine and the Aeolian Harp

    The Analytical Engine and the Aeolian Harp

    In this talk Imogen Forbes-Macphail, University of California, Berkeley, contextualises Lovelace's work on the engines against the backdrop of Romantic thought surrounding the power of poetry and the nature of original composition. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 21 min

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