Informatics student wins Lovelace Colloquium poster competition

[28/04/2023] Qiuye (Chloe) Zhang, a second year Artificial Intelligence and Computer science student won the second-year poster competition at this year’s Lovelace Colloquium that took place in Sheffield.

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The 2023 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was held at The University of Sheffield

Chloe’s poster ‘Can artificial neural networks learn like brains?’ concerned computational neuroscience and computational psychiatry. Chloe was inspired by Peggy Seriès’ research and particularly Peggy’s course on computational cognitive neuroscience.  

The poster introduces research into artificial neural, how they mimic brain's plasticity, the ability to change and adapt as we learn. Among various applications of neural networks, the poster discusses computational psychiatry: using artificial neural networks to investigate mental disorders. 

The discussions on the poster delved into topics beyond the scope of it, such as Hopfield networks, Bayesian models, and reinforcement learning models.

The event also allowed me to meet many amazing people who provided warm hugs and support when I felt nervous before my presentation. In addition to my poster experience, the keynote speeches were enlightening. They touched on the biases faced by females, gender-neutral individuals, and disabled people, as well as the use of technology to detect violence. 

Going forward, I plan to be more mindful of potential biases in my research, particularly concerning people with psychiatric diseases. I will consider whether they receive adequate support and explore how to facilitate their lives when cognitive control is a challenge.

Quiye Zhang, 2nd year Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student 




The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is a free, one day conference for women undergraduates and taught masters students. The 2023 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was held at The University of Sheffield, on Wednesday April 12 2023. This was the first in-person event since 2019. 

The aims of this event are to support and encourage women and non-binary students, and: 

  • To provide a forum for undergraduate and masters students to share their ideas and network 

  • To provide a stimulating series of talks from women in computing, both from academia and industry 

  • To provide both formal (talks) and informal (networking) advice to undergraduates and masters students about careers in computing from women and non-binary people’s perspectives 

Related links

Link to BCSWomen Lovelace website