Computer Laboratory

Course material 2010–11

Topical Issues

Lecturer: Professor A. Hopper, Dr R.K. Harle and others

No. of lectures: 12


The aim of this course is to broaden the experience of students by asking expert guest lecturers to discuss real-world issues which are of current interest to the computer community. The course title has changed from “Additional Topics” to “Topical Issues” in 2010-11 for clarity only: the substance of the course remains the same.


This course provides an introduction to wide range of Computer Science subjects that are topical. In order to present topics that are timely, the precise coverage may change at the start of Easter term. However, the basis of the 2010-11 course will be the 2009-10 course, which addressed the following topics:

  • Location-Aware Computing I

  • Location-Aware Computing II

  • RFID

  • Mobile RealVNC Development

  • Computing for the Future of the Planet

  • The GPS System

  • Coding in Industry

  • Developing Commercial Software

  • Affective Computing

  • Building and Deploying Google Voice Search

  • Advances in Search, Information Retrieval and Extraction


At the end of the course students should

  • realise that the range of issues affecting the computer community is very broad;

  • be able to take part in discussions on several subjects at the frontier of modern computer engineering.