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Computational Propaganda:  The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life @ Oxford e-Research Centre | Oxford | England | United Kingdom
Philip N. Howard Professor of Internet Studies Oxford Internet Institute The Internet certainly disrupted our understanding of what communication can be, who does it, how, and to what effect. What constitutes the Internet has always[...]


When: 15th Dec 2016, 14:30 – 15th Dec 2016, 17:00
Where: Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TF
Town/City: Oxford
Organiser: BCS Internet Specialist Group
Price: Free
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BCS Internet Specialist Group event in association with KLipcorp IP Ltd


Hackfe5t is a new bi-annual cyber safety event based at Mansfield College, Oxford. It is an opportunity for members of the KLipcorp network, ethical hackers, cyber specialists and those concerned with being cyber safe to discuss new developments, share ideas and network.

Speakers include:

Ed Vaizey MP and BoxingGuru, a former IP pirate and hacker, will be presenting as well as representatives from the Police and the University of Abertay School of Computer Science.

Hackfe5t is being run in association with KLipcorp IP Ltd and the BCS Chartered Institute of IT internet specialist group.

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BCS AI-2016 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

What benefits can AI deliver to the world in the next 10 years? This will be the focus of a panel debate at a forthcoming international conference on artificial intelligence (AI-2016), at the University of Cambridge. The annual conference is organised by the AI specialist group (SGAI), part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Professor Max Bramer, Chair of the BCS SGAI says: “Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to alter every aspect of the lives of future generations. Our conference offers an exciting opportunity to review recent technical advances in AI technologies and how it has been applied to solve business problems. Delegates will be able to discuss their ideas with research staff working at the leading edge of AI developments from across the globe.”

The conference, which is now in its 36th year, will cover a range of topics including:

  • A panel debate chaired by Andrew Lea, Fellow of BCS and Director of Primary Key Associates entitled: ‘What benefits can AI deliver to the world in the next 10 years?’
  • A keynote lecture evaluating innovation that can be used to understand the impact and acceleration within artificial intelligence by Michael Gleaves, Deputy Director Hartree Centre, Science and Technology Facilities Council.
  • A keynote lecture exploring over 20 years of artificial intelligence applications presented by Dr Stefan Wess, CEO of Empolis Information Management GmbH, Germany.
  • An after dinner speech from Dr Rick Adderley, a retired West Midlands Police Inspector who served for 32 years in an operational capacity. Rick now specialises in profiling criminal activity.

AI-2016 is the leading series of the UK- based international conferences on artificial intelligence and the longest running AI conference series in Europe. The event has parallel technical and application streams.

Event details

Title: AI-2016 SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Date: 13-15 December 2016
Venue: Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RD

For more information and book a place: http://www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2016/?section=registration

Joint BCS YPG, BCS DevSecOps SG & BCS Entrepreneurs SG, IET Young Professionals Christmas Party

When: 16th Dec 2016, 18:30 – 23:00

Where: Maxwell Library & Siemens Room, IET London: Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

Organisers: Joint BCS YPG, BCS DevSecOps SG & BCS Entrepreneurs SG, IET Young Professionals

Price: £55 per ticket for BCS & IET members, £75 per ticket for non-BCS members

Booking Link: http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/57100

Organised by BCS and IET Young Professionals

The BCS Young Professionals, DevSecOps & Entrepreneurs Groups have teamed up with the IET Young Professionals to put on a joint Christmas party at the stunning IET home, Savoy Place.

Come along and enjoy:

  • Arrival drinks and festive nibbles
  • Two course seated Christmas dinner with wine, coffee, petit fours and Christmas crackers
  • Speeches
  • Disco and giant party games
  • 4 free drinks per person
  • Dress code: Dress to impress! Party attire.


  • 18.30 – 19.00 – Registration
    Arrival drink of fizz with alternatives for non-drinkers with festive nibbles
  • 19.00 – 20.30 – Christmas Dinner
    Food: 2 course seated festive buffet menu served with coffee & petit fours
    Drinks: half a bottle of house wine per delegate
    Activities: hats, crackers, noise markers
  • 20.30 – 21.00 – Speech
  • 21.00 – 23.00 – Party
    Games include: giant jenga, noughts and crosses and hoopla
    Drinks: 4 free drinks vouchers per delegate


A hot buffet containing the following dishes:

  • Roast Norfolk chicken, wild mushroom, chestnut & thyme cream
  • Pithivier of Somerset brie, kale & cranberry (v)
  • Beetroot & citrus cured Scottish salmon,
  • Potato & garlic gratin with Keens mature cheddar
  • Honey roasted Chantenay carrots & parsnips
  • Warm salad of roasted Brussel sprouts, pomegranate and basil


  • Almond panna cotta, cherry foam, ginger shortbread

Please state any food allergies or intolerance in the special requirements section when booking.

The venue:



For details of the Specialist Groups involved, please see the links listed below (in no particular order):

BCS DevSecOps Specialist Group

BCS Entrepreneur Specialist Group (ESG)

BCS Young Professionals Group (YPG)

Closing date for bookings is 12:00pm on Monday 12 December 2016. No more bookings will be taken after this date. No under 18’s will be admitted. All tickets are non-refundable.

[Event Summary] 60 Years of Software

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Oxfordshire Branch of BCS to be held on Thursday, 10 November at 7.30pm at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the Committee are welcome and should also be sent to oxon.chair@bcs.org.uk at least 3 days before the meeting

Any Other Business

Items for inclusion in AOB should be notified to the Chair at least 3 days before the meeting

AGM Report for 2014-15

[Event Summary] Contactless Payments


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The Once and Future Turing (Strachey Lecture)

18:00 31st October 2016

The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford

In 1951, Christopher Strachey began his career in computing. He did so as a colleague of Alan Turing, who had inspired him with a ‘Utopian’ prospectus for programming. By that time, Turing had already made far-reaching and futuristic innovations, from the definition of computability and the universal machine to the prospect of Artificial Intelligence. This talk will describe the origins and impacts of these ideas, and how wartime codebreaking allowed theory to turn into practice. After 1951, Turing was no less innovative, applying computational techniques to mathematical biology. His sudden death in 1954 meant the loss of most of this work, and its rediscovery in modern times has only added to Turing’s iconic status as a scientific visionary seeing far beyond his short life.

Andrew Hodges is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983), which inspired the 2014 film The Imitation Game

Free event, but booking essential.


The Strachey Lectures are generously supported by OxFORD Asset Management

Annual Student Prizes 2016

Oxford Brookes
The best final Year Project in a computing subject
(£150 prize plus certificate)

Plus Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, presenting the award to Alicia Sykes

Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, presenting the award to Alicia Sykes

Student Name: Alicia Sykes
Course Title: BSc Computer Science
Project Title: “Sentiment analysis on real-time social media data”.
Prize Title: BCS Prize for the Best Final Year Project
University Name: Oxford Brookes University (Department of Computing and Communication Technologies)

Oxford Brookes
The best results by a First Year student in a computing subject
(Student membership plus certificate)

Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, presenting the award to

Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, presenting the award to Fachal Riera

Student Name: Alvaro Fachal Riera
Course Title: BSc Computer Science
Prize Title: BCS Prize for the Best Results by a First Year Student
University Name: Oxford Brookes University ((Department of Computing and Communication Technologies)

Cranfield University
The best project on the ICM MSc Course

Student Name: Major Michael Peel
Course Title: ICM MSc
Prize Title:  BCS Prize for the best project on the ICM MSc Course
University Name: Cranfield University and Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

[Event Summary] Computing for a World Water Speed Record

[Event Summary] Scientific Supercomputing and Atlas 1, a 50 Year Story

[Event Summary] A Future in 3D

Cultural Heritage Preservation – looking to the future

Dr Alexy Karenowska began her talk by describing how important our buildings are to us.  Our emotional response can be as strong  as any aesthetic consideration. A loss of our cultural heritage can be deeply wounding. Alexy gave the example of  the Old Town Market Place in Warsaw which was devastated during WW2. In the 1950s it was completely restored to its pre-war appearance. Such was the priority accorded to a collection of buildings. There were many photographs and drawings available making the restoration possible.

The Million Image Database Program will preserve a record of many important structures and artefacts. There is an unfortunate and destructive trade in the sale of ancient artefacts and there is often no photographic record to prove their provenance. It is hoped that the database could help to prevent their export and sale on the open market. Ancient buildings can be under threat both from neglect or deliberate damage as in the case of Palmyra.

It is planned by February 2016 to have 5,000 3D cameras distributed in Syria and the Middle East for downloading images onto the database and in due course 1 million 3D cameras will be distributed worldwide. As there is some danger the organisers were concerned that there would not be enough volunteers in Syria to take the detailed images. But such is the importance placed on preserving their heritage that there have been many more volunteers than needed.

Work in is in progress to convert the camera images into 3D computer models and from there to actual 3D printed buildings. The project team have printed out a scale model and this is accurate in every detail, down to the moss stains under the arch.  The tops of tall buildings can be photographed by aeroplane or where that would be dangerous, such as a war zone, drones could be used.

There is proof of concept of the 3D printing of buildings. The example that Alexy gave was a Chinese project where some basic houses were printed out in 24 hours. Such rapid building could be of great use as temporary housing in disaster areas.

Alexy gave us a lively, interesting and thought provoking talk and posed such question as: should the replica be built using the original materials and to their original as new state, would the building be on the original site, should the attention to detail almost look as if deception was intended?

[Event Summary] Cultures of the Internet

BCS Bedford Branch – Making IT Good for Society

The Bedford Branch has an evening meeting on 15th March, Tuesday, at Bedford where Jeremy Barlow, one of the BCS Executives, is sharing the new vision of ‘Making IT Good for Society’.

The meeting is not a one way talk, but more a gathering of local stakeholders to work out how best we can work together in our area to serve the community.

As one of the Bedford Branch neighbouring branches, it would be great if you and/or your colleagues can join us.

Details are in the Branch website and the attached information sheet.


[Event Summary] Protect Your Light Bulb Moment

[Event Summary] Transparency Through Raw Material Traceability