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Durham University

Computer Science


Reducing racial bias in facial recognition

Our computer scientists are helping to reduce racial bias in facial recognition algorithms. Facial recognition is becoming an essential part of our daily lives, from its use in security to education, to virtual assistants and personal gym trainers. The technology brings a number of opportunities to make our lives easier and better, but it is more likely to misidentify people who are not white. Read more on this story here.

TechUPWomen scoops national award

TechUPWomen, led by Professors Sue Black and Alexandra I Cristea, a programme which helped 100 women kickstart a career in technology, has scooped a national award.

Technology initiative TechUPWomen was recognised at the Digital Agenda Impact Awards which celebrates how technology and innovation improves lives.

Led by Durham University with York, Edge Hill and Nottingham universities, TechUPWomen was launched in 2019 with the aim of addressing the shortage of women in technology, particularly from Black, Asian and other minority or under-served communities.

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Best Educational Volunteering Award for Mahek Vara

Mahek Vara has won the Best Educational Volunteering Award in the Durham Volunteering Awards. She has done this for her work on Code Camp in which she is bringing technology education to the children in India who would have otherwise not had an opportunity to learn such skills. We congratulate her on this magnificent achievement and wish her all the best for Code Camp in the future! See more on Code Camp here and the award here.

Virtual Cocktail of Science

Prof. Alexandra Christea spoke with Dr. Giora Alexandron of the Weiszmann Institute on How can Artificial Intelligence help personalise science education? The first Virtual Cocktail of Science was hosted by the Weiszmann Institute last week and can be found on their YouTube channel here

Investigating racial bias in face recognition

Seyma Yucer, Samet Akcay, Noura Al-Moubayed and Toby P. Breckon have presented a paper on this important topic at the Workshop on Fair, Data Efficient and Trusted Computer Vision. Whilst face recognition applications are becoming increasingly prevalent within our daily lives, leading approaches in the field still suffer from performance bias to the detriment of some racial profiles within society. Read more here or watch the video here.

Temporal Graphs Workshop at ICALP 2020

Drs. George Mertzios and Eleni Akrida are organising a workshop at ICALP 2020 on their specialist topic of Temporal Graphs. Algorithmic Aspects of Temporal Graphs III, continues a series of workshops on this relatively new topic. The 47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2020), hosted in Saarbruecken in Germany, will be held online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Durham Computer Science 5th in Complete University Guide 2021

Computer Science in Durham his risen three places on last year in the Complete University Guide 2021! The table can be viewed here. We are proud of our reputation among other universities and this is fantastic news to take with us as we prepare to move to our new building.

Mahek Vara's Code Camp in India

On the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science the Northern Echo has featured an article on Mahek Vara. She is a 2nd year Natural Sciences student who founded Code Camp, in order to give digital skills to children in India. So far the charity has helped nearly 80,000 students in 2,000 schools. Watch a video interview with her here.

State-of-the-art facilities for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science now under construction

Work has begun on the construction of a new building which will house the expanding departments of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science. The development is taking place on the Upper Mountjoy site of the University campus.

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Launch of the Anne-Marie Imafidon Scholarships for Women in Technology

Women in Tech

Durham University’s Department of Computer Science is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Anne-Marie Imafidon Scholarships for Women in Technology (AMI Scholarships), which are now open to our next cohort of incoming female undergraduates.

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TechUP first residential weekend

TechUP first residential weekend

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TechUPWomen 2019 launched with its first residential weekend hosted by Durham University in July 2019.