The industrial relevance of theoretical computer science

Martin Thomas

(Praxis plc, Bath)

The IT industry is in a mess. Most commercial and industrial IT departments, worldwide, are incompetent, yet the requirements for new IT systems grow in importance and complexity every year. There are now 1K of code in an electric razor, 4K in a vacuum cleaner, 500K in a television, and (allegedly) 7 million lines of Ada in the Boeing 777. Not surprisingly, many systems fail, with expensive (and occasionally fatal) consequences. This seminar suggests what we need to do about it and, in passing, offers some help in writing the "industrial relevance" section of your next grant application.
Tuesday 23rd November 1993, 14:30
Seminar Room 322
Department of Computer Science