The BCS/IET Turing Lecture series

Alan M. Turing

In honour and recognition of Alan Turing's contribution in the field of computing, IET and the BCS established the Turing Lecture in 1998.

Since 2005, The University of Manchester and IBM, in association with the BCS and IET have been pleased to host the Manchester Turing Lecture. 

For more information on dates and timings, alternative venues, and a live webcast of the lecture, please see the Turing Lecture pages of the BCS website.


21 Feb 2018 Turing Lecture

University Place LT.B, The University of Manchester 

Innovation and technology - art or science?

In his lecture Dr Harter will discuss the role of “art” in innovation and technology including not only the aesthetic but also craft, design, skill, invention and intuition.

Andy will draw on his own expertise and experiences in computing and ask if we can do more to appreciate and promote the importance of “art” as a feature on the interdisciplinary landscape?

Speaker biography

Dr Andy Harter CBE FREng FIET FBCS is a distinguished innovator and entrepreneur. He was Director of Research and Engineering at the influential AT&T Cambridge Laboratory where he led many hardware and software projects through to commercial exploitation.

He was responsible for VNC software and its seminal role in establishing the remote access market. The technology is on over a billion devices, is on more different kinds of computer than any other application and is an official part of the internet.

He has an MA and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow of the Computer Laboratory and chair of Cambridge Network. He has received numerous awards, including the Silver Medal and MacRobert Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Faraday Medal of the IET. In 2017 he was awarded a CBE for services to engineering.

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