Cambridge Computer Laboratory, 27 February 2014
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford

Invited Speakers

Ursula Martin

Professor Ursula Martin

Title: From pure maths to sociology and back: my research journey


Ursula Martin has held, since 2003, a chair of computer science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. She has been awarded an EPSRC Fellowship for 2013-2017, and will spend the 2013-14 academic year developing this work in partnership with a number of universities and companies.

She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in January 2012. At Queen Mary she was Vice-Principal for Science and Engineering (2005-2009), and Director of the impactQM project (2009-2012). She served on the UK Defence Science Advisory Council, on the 2014 UK HEFCE REF panel for Computer Science, and was a SICSA distinguished visitor at the University of Edinburgh for 2012-13. She has previously held appointments at the University of St Andrews (the first female professor in any discipline since its foundation in 1411), Royal Holloway University of London, Manchester and Urbana Champaign. She holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge and a PhD in Mathematics from Warwick.


Oana Florescu, Google Zurich

Title: Industry vs. Academia - My Choices and Why


Oana Florescu is a software engineer manager in Google Apps, leading the development of various applications for Google Calendar. She joined Google in Zurich in 2007 as a software engineer.

Oana has a PhD in embedded systems from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, and she holds undergraduate and advanced studies degrees from Politehnica University of Bucharest. During her studies, she has published more than 20 scientific publications.