19. november 2013

Two entertaining professor inaugural lectures given by Stephen Alstrup and Ingemar Cox

Professor inaugural lectures

Besides being professor in algorithms and data systems Stephen Alstrup is also Vice Head of Department for Innovation and Business Collaboration. Ingemar Cox, also professor in Computer Science, specialises in Information Retrieval and digital watermarks.

Highlights from the professor inauguration held at DIKU on 18th Nov 2013

In his talk, Stephen a.o. gave the audience an introduction to his broad range of responsibilities at DIKU, including providing the students with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset and building relations to the industry and funding institutions. 

Link to Stephens talk: 'From research to startup - and back again'


I will invite the audience on a journey along my track record, departing from DIKU as  MSc and later a PhD, proceeding as one of the pioneers starting up the IT University, making a 9 years’ detour into the private sector – as co-founder and CEO of the CS startup company Octoshape streaming live TV/Video on the internet to millions of users worldwide and jumping back to DIKU's academic world in 2012 as Vice Head of Department for Innovation and Business Collaboration. In particular, I will focus on my passion for trees and algorithms, and innovation!

Ingemar Cox took the point of departure in his early childhood, passing on through early AT&T experiments with stereo measurements in pictures ending up with today's passion for making societal use of big data for detecting upcoming illness epidemics or e.g. anorectic communities. 


The power of ‘big data’ is only beginning to emerge but recent research suggests it could revolutionalise the mapping of disease pandemics, identify previously unknown side-effects of drugs and track global health patterns in some of the poorest countries in the world. Yet the vast resource of web-information is currently held by only a handful of companies and typically destroyed within 18 months. Here we put forward the case that the power of big data will only be fully realised when this information is made openly available for research.

Highlights from the inaguration and following reception

Head of CS Department at UCPH Martin Zachariasen introduction


Professor Stephen Alstrup


Professor Ingemar J. Cox