Ada Lovelace Symposium University of Oxford
9th and 10th December 2015
An interdisciplinary Symposium celebrating the life and legacy of Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852, will take place at the Mathematical Institute,University of Oxford on 9th and 10th December 2015. Ada Lovelace is best known for a remarkable article about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt computer,the Analytical Engine, and the symposium will present Lovelace’s life andwork, in the context of nineteenth century mathematics, science andculture, and present-day thinking on computing and artificial intelligence.
Speakers include: computer scientists John Barnes, Adrian Johnstone, Ursula Martin, Bernard Sufrin and Moshe Vardi; historians of computing andmathematics, June Barrow Green, Elizabeth Bruton, Judith Grabiner,Christopher Hollings and Doron Swade; Lovelace scholars Imogen Forbes-Macphail, Julia Markus and Betty Toole; historian and biographer Richard Holmes; and graphic artist Sydney Padua. Participants in a panel on female icons include computer scientists Valerie Barr and Muffy Calder, founder of Ada Lovelace Day Suw Charman-Anderson, mathematician Cheryl Praeger, and cultural historian Murray Pittock.
Reception and Dinner in Balliol College on 9th December includes a pre-dinner address by Lovelace’s descendant of the Earl of Lytton, and an after dinner speech by philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley.
Registration for the symposium is £40, or £90 including the symposium dinner. Some sponsored place are available. For further information and registration see https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace/
Display at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, 13th October – 18th December, include Lovelace’s exercise books, childhood letters, correspondence with Charles Babbage, a newly found daguerreotype, and a new archive discovery showing computational thinking in action – Lovelace, Babbage, magic squares and networks.
Please note: This is not a Euroscicon event