DIKU Alumni Day 2021

People attending a presentation in an auditorium

50 years ago, Computer Science really took shape in Denmark. Since Peter Naur defined the concept of “datalogi” and in 1972 founded the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen "DIKU", computer science researchers and students have formed the basis for our society's accelerating technological transformation. Today, Denmark is officially the European champion in digitization.

DIKU Alumni Day is therefore held in the wake of the 50th anniversary.


Tid: 16.00 - 16.30

Sted: Auditorium 2, H.C. Ørsted Instituttet, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 København Ø


  1. Valg af dirigent
  2. Valg af referent
  3. Godkendelse af dagsorden
  4. Bestyrelsens beretning
  5. Behandling af emner og forslag modtaget fra alumner. Forslag til dagsordenen kan fremsendes af medlemmer til bestyrelsen på alumni@di.ku.dk indtil 3 uger før generalforsamlingen. 
  6. Afstemning om evt. forslag
  7. Valg af bestyrelse:
    • Ioana Mogensen (bestyrelsesformand ) – på valg
    • Simon Søe Nissen (bestyrelsesmedlem) – på valg
    • Peter Carstensen (bestyrelsesmedlem) – ikke på valg
    • Gorm Raabo Larsen (bestyrelsesmedlem) – ikke på valg
  8. Eventuelt.


DIKU Alumni Day 2021- Talks and Entertainment

After the general assembly we will move on to the festive Alumni Day programme - which in honour of DIKU's (postponed) 50 year anniversary will have both flashbacks to DIKU's early days and more modern parts.

16.30 - 16.45 Welcome - and how is the state of affairs at DIKU?
by Jakob Grue Simonsen, Head of Department, DIKU
16.45 - 17.15

Søren Lauesen and Peter Johansen - co-founders of DIKU talking about the good old days back in 1970 when the department was founded.

17.15 - 17.30

Mads Nielsen, professor and former head of department  of DIKU - presently involved in several new initiatives of networking and collaboration - e.g. DIREC and the new AI Pioneer Centre.

17.30 - 17.40

Short break

17.40 - 17.55

Isabelle Augenstein - Associate Professor and Head of the NLP Research Section, about explainable NLP (Natural Language Processing) i.e. how to understand the inner workings of NLP models.

17.55 - 18.10

Joanna Bergström - Associate Professor, about perspectives of using Virtual Reality for Movement Learning

18.10 - 18.25

Tuukka Ruotsalo  - Associate Professor, introduces us to Cognitive interfacing with data: how can we make human cognitive system interact with artificial intelligence?

18.25 - 18.45

The DIKU Revy has existed since the 1970's. Revyboss Torben Milhøj has compiled a potpourri of classic DIKU revyhits.

18.45 - 21:00 Reception, tapas, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment by the notorious DIKU band Press Play on Tape playing covering tunes from old computer games dating back to good old Commodore 64.