Dr Steve Vickers
School of Computer Science
My particular research interests are in geometric logic, topology and topos theory. These are areas of mathematics that have connections with computer science, although my work in them is often purely mathematical. One particular focus, which was funded by an EPSRC grant, is the connections with some new topos approaches to quantum physics. This has proved to be an interesting case study in geometric logic.
I am a member of the Theoretical Computer Science research group.
Before I joined Birmingham I was at the Department of Pure Maths at the Open University, and before that I was at the Department of Computing at Imperial College, where I worked in the Theory and Formal Methods group.
For three years from September 2009 I was principal investigator on an EPSRC-funded project Applications of geometric logic to topos approaches to quantum theory, an interdisciplinary project to apply my mathematical research to some new applications of topos theory to physics.
I teach two modules this year. Further details and course material can be found on Canvas.
- Introduction to Computer Science (semester 1)
- Introduction to Mathematics for Computer Science (semester 2)
Other teaching material -
- My turtle graphics applet from when I taught Software Workshop 1 .
- Quantum Computing and Cryptography.
- An advanced course on Quantum Topos Theory from the 2010 Midland Graduate School in the Foundations of Computer Science.
My PhD (at Leeds) was in algebra under the supervision of Alfred Goldie, and my thesis was "Universal Strongly Regular Rings" (1979).
After that I was a computer programmer for several years. I wrote the ROM and user manuals for two Sinclair computers, the ZX81 and the ZX Spectrum. Then with Richard Altwasser I founded Jupiter Cantab Ltd, which produced the Forth-based Jupiter Ace microcomputer. You might be amused by this video of Spectrums playing part of a Mahler symphony.