Informatics Jamboree 2004

19 - 21 May
Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4
Crichton Street

The Jamboree kicks off at 5.15 on Wednesday 19 May with the prestigious Milner Lecture by Professor Mihalis Yannakakis. In addition to the Milner Lecture Professor Yannakakis, will give one other talk on Friday morning.  The Jamboree programme will contain talks from new Informatics professors, readers and lecturers, in order of appearance: Phillip Wadler, Mary Cryan, Stratis Viglas, Sethu Vijayakumar, Barbara Webb and Wenfei Fan. An exciting new addition to this year's programme will be provided by, Richard Wheeler, our Business Development Executive, who discusses the joy of inventing - why we invent, what it means, and what to do with it when it's all done. This will be followed by a entrepreneurship workshop led by Kevin Johnston from Scottish Enterprise. These are must attend events for all budding business entrepreneurs and inventors out there!

One major event of the Jamboree is the poster competition, with cash prizes, open to all postgraduate students. Research groups or special projects are also invited to submit posters for display only. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 12 May 2004.

The Jamboree ends around midnight on Friday 21st May with a Ceilidh.


Unless otherwise specified, all events take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street (number 24 on the Central Campus map). Lunch and refreshments served on the Concourse.

Wednesday, 19 May
17:15 Mihalis Yannakakis The Milner Lecture: Testing, Optimization and Games
George Square Lecture Theatre
18:15 Reception

Reception: has moved to Appleton Tower concourse
Thursday, 20 May
Chair:David Aspinall
09:30 Phillip Wadler
As Natural as 0, 1, 2
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 New research students Rapid fire talks: new research students present their projects
12:30 Lunch & Posters
14:00 Mary Cryan
The Algorithmic Power of Randomness
 14:45 Richard Wheeler
The Joy of Inventing
15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Kevin Johnston
The joy of making money from your own inventions  - and how Scottish Enterprise can help
Friday, 21 May
Chair:David Aspinall
09:30 Mihalis Yannakakis
Computing Efficiently Succint Trade-off Curves
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Stratis Viglas
Dropping Database Assumptions
11:45 Sethu Vijayakumar
Juggling with the Cerebellum - Internal Models for Motor control
12:30 Lunch & Posters
14:00 Barbara Webb
Testing a model of cricket phonotaxis on an outdoor robot platform
14:45 Wenfei Fan
Secure XML Querying with Security Views
15:30 Coffe break
16:00 Poster Judges Presentation of prizes for the Poster Competition
19:00 Ceilidh Music by: Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls

Note on Ceilidh: for all those of you coming from abroad, Ceilidh = traditional Scottish dancing. If you have a deep fear of the unknown, visit for detailed instructions, including recommended reading (yup!). Alternatively, just take a look at our photos.

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