Keynote Speakers

Professor Andy Miah (9th July)


Andy’s research focuses on the big questions facing the future of humanity. From artificial intelligence to outer space, he writes about the philosophical and cultural questions that new science and technology compel us to consider, before it’s too late.

Professor Steve Benford (10th July)

Steve is a Professor in the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham where he directs the Horizon Centre or Doctoral Training and the Smart Products research beacon. He previously held an EPSRC Dream Fellowship, has been a Visiting Professor at the BBC and was elected to the CHI Academy in 2012.

Professor Susan Halford (12th July)

Susan is Professor of Sociology and co-Director of the Digital Futures Institute at the University of Bristol. A Geographer by training and a Sociologist for 30 years, for the past decade Susan has been working closely with Computer Scientists on interdisciplinary research and education. She was a founding Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, where she was also deputy Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. Susan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is currently President of the British Sociological Association.


More details of the DISCo Conference programme will be posted here once available. Confirmed dates for the conference are Tuesday 9 July – Friday 12 July 2019.