Upcoming EventsFeb2Thu7:30 pm Computational Propaganda: The I... @ Oxford e-Research CentreComputational Propaganda: The I... @ Oxford e-Research CentreFeb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pmPhilip 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[...]Feb16Thu7:30 pm Prestige Event – Powers of 10: T... @ Rewley HousePrestige Event – Powers of 10: T... @ Rewley HouseFeb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pmSpeaker: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FREng FBCS We live in an age of superabundant information and the power of computers increases exponentially. The power of computers have led to systems such as Watson and companies[...]Mar9Thu7:30 pm Chasing the Ghost of Intelligence @ Oxford e-Research CentreChasing the Ghost of Intelligence @ Oxford e-Research CentreMar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pmWhat is intelligence? This term, used so commonly in daily life, appears to be very hard to define. In this talk Irina Higgins will consider biological and artificial intelligence, their respective strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, before trying to map[...]May18Thu7:30 pm Agile Project Management @ Oxford e-Research CentreAgile Project Management @ Oxford e-Research CentreMay 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pmDr. David Michel, Tessella Event Details Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm. Meetings are open to non-members and free.
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Computational Propaganda: The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life @ Oxford e-Research Centre
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
June 4, 2015 – 7:52 pm
Cranfield University invites you to the MSc Forensic Computing open day on the 29th June.
The MSc is solely focused on Forensic Computing enabling a student to take 11 modules: 8 Forensic Computing specific modules and 3 Forensic Science modules. The full time MSc is delivered alongside our short course and part time programs enabling you to study alongside practitioners. Finally this MSc is taught on a Defence Academy site meaning you will have the unique opportunity to study on a military site alongside a wide range of other forensic science courses.
Please note this event is actually at the Shrivenham campus (based at the Defence Academy which is a military site) and that pre-registration is essential otherwise you won’t get past the guards!!
March 15, 2015 – 4:36 pm
The presentation has been made available for download.
February 18, 2015 – 7:44 pm
Talent Pool #2 is a free event to connect skilled professionals who want a work/life balance with Oxfordshire businesses that promote flexible working.
- Network with 20 major local employers in the marketplace and learn about the type of opportunities they have on offer.
- Attend compact workshops run by specialists to build interview confidence, map career changes and learn how make flexible working work for you.
- Match with a mentor who can support you through the career changes you want to make.
- Hear from Oxfam’s Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence and recruitment leader Sara Hill, the CEO of Capability Jane
When? Friday 6 March 2015, 9.30 – 11.15am
Where? Oxfam, John Smith Drive, Oxford, OX4 2JY
How do I register? Visit www.oxfam.org.uk/talentpool (Places are limited)
Talent Pool first ran in 2014, when it was heavily over-subscribed. Participant Katharine Barber said: “Talent Pool was a great way to take my first step back to work, and be reassured that flexible options are out there, plus I made some useful connections.”
For more information contact Sally Otter at email@example.com / 01865 47 3212
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Registered office: Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY.
A registered charity in England and Wales (no 202918) and Scotland (SC 039042)
January 30, 2015 – 6:30 pm
CeBIT have joined forces with DatacenterDynamics to create the world’s largest data centre event. The BCS Data Centre Special Groups has negotiated a 15% discount, for all BCS members, on published admission prices by quoting code DCSG1 when registering.
The event will take place under the huge roof of CeBIT‘s Hall 12, Hannover Exhibition Ground, Hannover, Germany on 16-20 March 2015.
The exhibition will bring together data center end-users, operators, service providers, advisors and vendors with the world’s largest gathering of over 150 data center technology and services vendors.
There will also be an ambitious conference programme that will explore the most pressing strategy and technology challenges facing the global data center industry.
The programme will help an international audience understand how to boost both efficiency and performance of the IT infrastructure on which their organisations rely.
Full details can be found by following this dedicated link
For anyone whose email filter blocks hyperlinks, it is at:
Remember to quote code DCSG1 for 15% discount to this ambitious world-class event.
November 21, 2014 – 9:21 am
We started the evening with the formalities of the Annual General Meeting agenda items. Details of which will be provided on this website.
After completing the activities of the AGM we were presented with a thought provoking view on the way payments are changing. Tim’s presentation generated considerable discussion and we ultimately ran out of time before we ran out of questions.
Tim has kindly provided a copy of his presentation which can be downloaded below.
November 18, 2014 – 9:18 pm
Venue: e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road
Date: 13 November 2014
Apologies for Absence
Belated apologies were received from:
- Chris Dawe
- Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning
Minutes of Last Year’s AGM
The notes of last years meeting had been published on the Branch web site. No comments had been received, and there were no comments at the AGM. The minutes were therefore accepted as a true record of the event.
The were no matters arising.
Tim Lambertstock, Branch Chairman, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and noted that the report had been circulated to the membership, and was also available on the Branch website.
We had had a good programme last year, with good attendances, and some good feedback from attendees. Tim summarised some of the highlights from the Programme, and noted that the Agile Workshop had had to be cancelled due to serious illness of the presenter. We hope to do something similar in the future.
We are looking forward to an equally enjoyable and exciting programme in the coming year. However, if anyone has suggestions or ideas, we are always looking for input, so they were asked to contact anyone on the committee.
The programme for the coming year is available on the Branch Web site.
Tim thanked the committee for their hard work and support during the year.
The Treasurer (Tony Cox) presented the accounts.
Tony noted that the under-spend in FY 2012-13 resulted in a reduction in the FY 2013-14 branch allocation, which demanded a significant effort in the submission of special funding requests to maintain our customary level of programme activity. A successful budget submission for the coming year had restored the Branch funding for FY 2014-15. More details are available in the Treasurer’s report.
The Treasurer’s report was accepted unanimously.
Following a question from the audience, Tony described how the Student Prizes were organised. Sheila Lloyd Lions (Committee), who liaises with the universities, said that the prizes were appreciated by the student recipients, and the Universities were keen to be involved. The student recipients are chosen by the Universities, and the Oxfordshire Branch has three universities (the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, and Cranfield University) in its catchment area.
A follow on question was raised in relation to the Open University. Tony said that the Open University was not within the Oxfordshire remit, although obviously OU students could well be represented within the Oxfordshire membership.
A further question was asked about Branch funding, and whether its was based on nominal Branch headcount. Tony explained that the Branch allocations was loosely based on the Branch budget submission. There is no per capita allocation; with Branch funding was more linked to previous activity.
Election of Committee
The existing committee, with the exception of Athar Majed had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is:
- Brian Day (Secretary)
- Brian Read
- Chris Dawe
- Geoff Stone
- Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning
- Gerry Rohling (WebMaster)
- Sheila Lloyd Lyons
- Simon Marsh
- Sverker Griph
- Tim Lambertstock (Chair)
- Tony Cox (Treasurer)
- John Estdale
There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.
The Chairman and Treasurer were confirmed in their roles; allocation of other Committee responsibilities will be ratified later.
There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 20:01.
After this, Tim Lambertstock, gave an interesting session titled “The Changing Face of Payments”, which generated good interaction from the audience.
Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP
October 28, 2014 – 9:18 pm
The best final Year Project in a computing subject (£150 prize plus certificate)
Student Name PAUL OLIVER
Course Title: BSc Mobile Computing
Prize Title: BCS Prize for the Best Final Year Project
University Name: Oxford Brookes University (Department of Computing and Communication Technologies)
Paul`s project title is “’A is for Android’, an interactive learning application for early learning ”.
Paul won the prize for the best first year student in 2012
The best results by a First Year student in a computing subject
(Student membership plus certificate)
Student Name: AARON DANIEL STILLWELL
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)
October 25, 2014 – 7:56 am
More information to follow but there is information about the related courses being awarded initial accreditation by British Computer Society (BCS) at http://cct.brookes.ac.uk/news/items/161014-cct-courses-bcs-accreditation.html. There is a short description of our BCS visit as well.
October 24, 2014 – 8:01 am
Josh Cowls, a researcher from the Oxford Internet Institute looked at the pros and cons of social media, and some of the challenges associated with the technology, from a non-technical perspective.
If you believe the hype, it has brought down dictators, rescued thousands in natural disasters, and even solved crimes. However although there have been revolutionary impacts in many, there is reason for caution.
The internet is an information AND communications technology, and social media platforms are just the latest technology to exploit this infrastructure. The technology is neutral, and does not discriminate. However it provides a good way of collecting and diffusing information; for example aiding in emergency situations. Used in this way it can be extremely positive.
However where information is more mediated, human frailties can be amplified in an anti-social way, and inequalities can replicate. The examples of Internet trolls, and teh “dark net” are examples where the more negative sides of human nature can amplified by the capabilities of social media.
It is also possible to use social media to measure public opinion, particularly as the cost of data acquisition does not scale as the number of participants. However there are still issues to resolve, such as representativeness, reliability of results, and replicability. For example the density of tweets during Hurricane Sandy did not represent the areas hardest hit.
Therefore like all new technologies we must use it well, and as a force for good, while recognising there is also converse opportunities.
1. For the collection and diffusion of information, social media can be a revolutionary social good
2. However when information is more mediated
1. we can be very anti-social
2. offline hierarchies and inequalities replicate
3. behaviour is harder to measure
3. data remains hugely powerful, for those who have it
September 8, 2014 – 7:07 pm
A video was made of Jayne Reddyhoff’s talk on Essentials of Online Marketing. We are pleased to now be able to present this to you.
May 17, 2014 – 9:02 am
Tony Cox of Lotus F1 gave a small group of people a very privileged and personalized tour of the Lotus F1 factory. With an initial introduction to the history of the facilities at Enstone (which are much larger than you would think as some parts are actually underground), and the various recognizable names the cars ran under, we then moved off on a walking tour of the various parts of the complex.
While photography was not permitted in many areas for obvious reasons we were able to see people hard at work producing parts destined to be used on the cars in upcoming races. It was impressive not both on the technical complexity and detail of the parts but the dedication of the people in the factory working, it would seem, all hours of the day and night to get the parts designed, built and fitted.
At the end of the tour we were presented with a room packed full of trophies collected by the team over the years. A very impressive display highlighted with a scale model of the F1 car used for wind tunnel testing suspended vertically on a display wall.
We would like to thank Lotus F1 for allowing us in to look around their facilities during the race season when attention, obviously, is all focused on building a race winning car.
This event was greatly over-subscribed and we are hoping to arrange another opportunity for those who applied but missed out this time. We will be in touch with those people directly when this is confirmed.
May 2, 2014 – 8:00 pm
Jayne Reddyhoff, eCommerce Adviser
Are you getting the most out of your eCommerce website? This talk will include the practical use of Keywords, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Website Usability, Google AdWords and Online Reputation management.
About Jayne Reddyhoff
Jayne Reddyhoff is a business consultant specialising in online marketing. Prior to setting up The Ecommerce Adviser in 2005, Jayne worked for a number of blue chip Technology & Consultancy organisations where she gained her business knowledge.
The Ecommerce Adviser provides business focused website marketing services to ambitious Ecommerce businesses who want to increase sales and profitability.
We do that in three ways:
- Using Google AdWords to deliver ready-to-buy visitors to Ecommerce websites.
- Ensuring the website will convert those visitors into paying customers.
- Monitoring website performance to determine what is working and what needs to be improved.
Jayne herself provides strategic online marketing consultancy to The Ecommerce Adviser’s larger clients.
Download posters and help promote this lecture at your place of work.
The meeting is on Thursday 15 May 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.
It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.
Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.
Meetings are open to non-members and free.