Hertford & Computer Science
Hertford & Computer Science
Hertford is at the epicentre of Computer Science in Oxford.
With six academics, and 30-40 students at any one time reading for Computer Science and Computer Science & Philosophy, it is one of the college’s most active subjects. Our fellows are engaged in cutting-edge research, looking at artificial intelligence, computational complexity, machine learning and the links between Computer Science and Philosophy.
Fundraising for Computer Science
In 2018, with the support of donation from alumni, Hertford was able to establish a new Tutorial Fellowship in Computer Science. We have successfully raised £190,000 from friends and alumni for the new post in Computer Science, which means we have secured Hertford’s share of funding for the next ten years.
However we are continuing to fundraising for Computer Science. The college is committed to the long-term future of the subject, so our aspiration is to create an endowed fund of £500,000 to support Hertford’s share of this essential tutorial post, as well as graduate scholarships in Computer Science and Computer Science & Philosophy.
Hertford’s Computer Science Fellows
Professor Michael Wooldridge
Mike is a Senior Research Fellow at Hertford and is currently Head of the Department of Computer Science. His research on Artificial Intelligence concerns the use of formal techniques for reasoning about multiagent systems. He is particularly interested in the computational aspects of rational action in systems composed of multiple self-interested computational systems. His current research is at the intersection of logic, computational complexity and game theory, and is focused around the problem of identifying and managing the equilibria of game-like concurrent programmes. He has presented his research on AI around the world, including twice at the House of Lords Select Committee, and he is widely recognised as one of the global leading figures in Artificial Intelligence research.
Dr Andreas Galanis
Andreas first studied at the University of Athens, before taking his PhD at Georgia Tech University in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization. He was recently a postdoctoral researcher in the Oxford Department of Computer Science, looking at computational complexity. His research focuses on the interplay between approximate counting/sampling problems in computer science and phase transitions in statistical physics. Andreas joined Hertford in Autumn 2018 as our inaugural Tutorial Fellow in Computer Science.
Professor Peter Millican
Peter originally studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Lincoln College, but changed to Philosophy and Theology, graduating in 1980. Following graduate study in Oxford and Leeds, he returned to Oxford in 2005 as Gilbert Ryle Fellow in Philosophy at Herford College. His principal research focuses on the philosophies of David Hume, but he has spent much of his career also examining the links between computer science and philosophy, and is currently a member of both faculties at Oxford. Peter was instrumental in setting up the joint course on Computer Science and Philosophy, and continues to play a central role in marrying these two subjects together. He is actively engaged in a variety of outreach projects, including the annual UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge which takes place at Hertford.
Computer Science Junior Research Fellowship
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Hertford has been able to appoint a Junior Research Fellowship in Machine Learning for a three-year post. Since starting at Hertford, Dr Andrew Cropper has published a paper introducing the first machine learning algorithm, which won the best paper award at the 28th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming, as well as a theoretical paper on derivation reduction of metarules in meta-interpretive learning. His research also looks at machine learning of the logical rules of games, such as checkers and chess, from examples of people playing the games.
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