December 11, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas Event - The Art of Malware @ Rewley House | Oxford | United Kingdom
Graham Cluley, Security Consultant The artistry has gone from malware. The commercial cybercriminals rule the roost, and the hobbyists who incorporated dramatic visual payloads and cared about the quality of their code (the artists, if[...]
January 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Evert Bopp, Founder, Disaster Tech Lab In a hyper-connected world, restoring internet access and communication systems after a disaster has become increasingly more important. From communications for first responders and incident data gathering to reconnecting[...]
February 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dr Tom Shannon, Cofounder, Oxford Metrics Group and Visiting Fellow, Staffordshire University Tom will take us through the history of the dedicated and tenacious research on movement from the first photographine in 1826 to the[...]
Federated Cloud Computing @ Oxford e-Research Centre
March 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dr David Wallom, Associate Director, Oxford eResearch Centre After introducing the Oxford eResearch Centre and the types of projects on which they collaborate, David will describe their work within the EGI Federated Clouds Task Force,[...]
Bioinformatics @ Oxford e-Research Centre
April 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
To Be Announced Event Details Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm. Meetings are open to non-members and free.
The ECMWF has been producing world-leading forecasts for over 30 years. A major technology user, it provides data, training and research services to over 50 governments and international organisations to help them improve their own[...]
June 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chris Yapp, Technology and Policy Futurist Chris will discuss a number of themes around the future of IT including where is the ‘Internet of Things’ going, computers in sport and will technology make us live[...]

BCS Berkshire February Event – Quadricopters and Nodecopters

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s a Nodecopter!

Quadricopters and Nodecopters – 18th February 7.30-9.30pm

In the hassle and activity of everyday life in the IT industry, do you ever wonder why you got involved in the first place? This event will remind you how much fun, and learning, there can be in thinking up new ideas and solutions. Nodecopter events are one day hackathons organised around developing apps to control a quadricopter (AR Drone 2.0) with an opensource, easy to use, javscript based interface. Andrew Nesbitt will talk about the technical platform that makes this possible and the kind of apps people have developed (which include teaching the ‘copter to run at a red flag!), complete with a demo of the kind of tricks you can get the ‘copter to perform.

Location: Henley Business School, University of Reading

Agenda:
19:00 Networking
19:30 Quadricopters and Nodecopters – Presentation and Demo by Andrew Nesbitt

20:30 Q&A and Networking
21:30 Close

Cost to attend:
Free

To book:

Bookings for this special event are now open at berkshire.bcs.org

[Event Summary] Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

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Medical Imaging Now and the Big Data Future

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Professor Sir Michael Brady FRS FREng FMedSci

Medical science and practice continue to be transformed by Computer Science and Engineering, particularly by imaging.  This talk outlines some of the ways in which medical imaging has evolved: from anatomy to physiology to function; from the generation of images to inform a clinician to numbers that quantify disease and its evolution; increasingly deep linkages to molecular biology; and, by embracing cloud technology and big data, providing new opportunities for science and novel business opportunities.

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Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 23 January 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.

Talent Pool: take the plunge back into work – 28 February

Oxfordshire parents returning to work and other people wanting to explore flexible working are being offered the chance to network with prospective employers at Talent Pool, a one off event organised by Oxfam’s IT department with support from BCS.

Three inspirational speakers, including Oxfam’s CIO, will start the event, explaining the motivations behind Talent Pool and a reminder of the value a flexible workforce brings to any workplace. Participants can then network with the organisations in the ‘market place’ and access specialist information such as how best to use LinkedIn.

Organisations taking part in the event, which will take place at Oxfam House in Cowley, include BCS, global technology and consulting company IBM, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfam.

The free event takes place on 28 February between 9.15 and 11am. An accredited free crèche is also available.

People interested in attending, whether in a participant or business capacity, can email Sally Otter at talentpool@oxfam.org.uk

BCS members: Register your interest to be part of the Growth Vouchers Marketplace in 2014

In January 2014 the Government will launch a £30 million Growth Vouchers (GV) programme to test what impact strategic advice has on small business growth. The initiative will take the form of an expert marketplace for advice, with significant government funding provided to small businesses to pay for professional advice.

BCS is a key partner in the GV initiative alongside other professional associations including ICAEW, CIM, CIPD, and ACCA. We expect that hundreds of BCS members will see value in supporting small businesses in this way, as well as building their reputation and also educating the market about the critical role of IT in business growth.

More information and registration details

Northampton Branch – Penetration Testing Day Survey

Northampton BCS Group would like to run an all-day penetration testing day event at the University of Northampton. Start time at 09:30 and finish at ~17:00. The proposal at this stage is to run this during April (Saturday 5th April)

This will be a ‘premium’ paid for event with a slightly subsidized cost to BCS members

Estimated numbers around 30 to 50 attendees + facilitators + event co-ordinators.

The agenda is flexible but generally the morning session consists of;

  • Introduction to pen-testing/ethical hacking,
  • Breaking into the industry,
  • Methods,
  • Deep-dive into pen-testing process/phases, some examples.

The afternoon session consists of hands on examples and then Capture the Flag events with various teams. Finally a quick wrap-up and networking session at the end of the day.

Just to gauge numbers we have set-up a survey for users to register an interest.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DR3XFL6

I would appreciate if you could access the survey so we can trace the interest in the event.

Kind Regards

Barney Duffy MBCS BSC Hon (Open, ICT) Dip IT
Chair Northampton Branch

[Event Summary] “Britain’s greatest fraudster” hits Oxford University!

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Former fraudster turned crimefighter Tony Sales addressed guests at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education last week, giving academics and IT professionals cause for thought…

In his lecture, Tony Sales demonstrated how a fraudster could use online information, some of it readily shared by people on their social media pages, to take over an individual’s financial identity – ultimately remortgaging their house! He showed how easy it is for criminals to discover online passwords of their victims by going into their local coffee shop and tapping into public Wifi there – with the help of an easily downloadable app.

Once inside their victim’s personal email and online shopping accounts, the criminal quickly learns all about them. “People’s tendency to use the same, or similar, password across multiple accounts is a huge help to the criminal” says Tony. “All it then takes is a short ‘phishing’ phone call to nail crucial financial information. It is easy for the criminal to sound convincing on the phone as they pretend to be from a major retailer – as they now have an intimate knowledge of their victim’s shopping habits and recent transactions”.

The event was organised by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, who had invited Tony to address its Christmas meeting at Rewley House, Oxford last week. “It was a rare opportunity to hear a speaker with such practical experience in this field who has only previously spoken to retail and financial services audiences” said Tim Lambertstock, Chair of the BCS Oxfordshire Branch.

“Our audience is pretty savvy,” says Tim Lambertstock. “Our events are open to non-members but most are IT specialists and professionals in the field. This event also attracted an audience from academics, researchers and students from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, eager to hear Tony’s perspective”.

“Some people were sceptical, believing the threat of cyber fraud is exaggerated – unless they’d had personal involvement. I believe Tony may have given them cause to reconsider”.

BCS members and fellows include many of the UK’s most influential IT players, including World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Among its aims are bridging the gap between education, policy and research, and informing public policy on the wider use of IT in society.

As BCS’s Tim Lambertstock summed up “If you live your entire life through social media you need to be aware that someone else, a criminal, could too.”

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Christmas Event – Meet “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster”

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Tony Sales, Retail Fraud Uncovered
Thursday 5 December at 6.45pm
Rewley House,
1 Wellington Square, Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY

Only one man has stood at both the summit of organised crime and the pinnacle of loss prevention. Meet Tony Sales at this our special event for Christmas hosted at Rewley House, Oxford University.

Tony was one of the UK’s most wanted criminals, on the run for over six years, he stole an estimated £30 million from retailers in online and instore scams, as well as running an organised fraud operation that ruthlessly and systematically exploited the weaknesses of its retailer targets. These activities led him to be branded “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster” by The Sun.

Tony has also been covered in numerous other publications as well as appearing as the subject of several crime documentaries and provided technical consultancy for film and TV productions on real life crime.

His biography, written by a leading true crime writer, is due out in 2014.

Now a reformed character, Tony Sales works identifying opportunities for fraud and has found that online trading has brought twice as many opportunities for the fraudster and made it easier to commit fraud today than ever before. Tony is an expert on financial fraud around credit cards, asset financing, mortgage fraud and banking. Recently he romped through the security systems of a well-known high street bank and demonstrated how easy it is to open a bank account in minutes using fake ID. He had the bank’s permission to try, but they were still shocked at how easy it was. And of course a fake bank account on the black market is worth about £30,000. Not bad for 10 minutes work.

The fundamental reason why fraud is so simple is that those engaged in the battle to defeat fraud and the people that are targeted are fundamentally honest people. They may have an understanding of how fraudsters go about their work, or even come into contact with them through their professions, but unless you have actually seen the world through the eyes of a criminal it is impossible to fully understand how he thinks and to anticipate his methods.

We live in an increasingly complex world involving many online and offline transactions from credit card purchases to mortgages and business financing. As a former member of “underworld royalty”, Tony Sales is uniquely placed to help business combat crime. In this presentation Tony uses his unique perspective to discuss how fraudsters select targets and commit their crimes, picking apart systems and then ruthlessly exploiting the flaws and human weaknesses.

His cross-over from elite criminal to top level consultant, trusted by the inner sanctum of banking and retail with their most sensitive information, has been remarkable. Now he is retained by some of the biggest retail operations in Europe, and has advised businesses with total sales of more than £10 Billion per annum.

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Event Information

bellsThe meeting is on Thursday 5 December 6.45 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at:

Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY
UK.

A special Christmas event with mulled wine.Sandwiches and mince pies are available from 6.45pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

A Note about Parking
On street parking is very restricted in and around Wellington Square. The closest Car Park is Gloucester Green or we suggest you park where you normally would for Keble Road (it is only a 5 minute walk from there) or try St Giles.

BCS Oxfordshire Branch–AGM Report 2012/2013

Venue:            e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road

Date:               14 November 2013

Time:              19:44

 Apologies for Absence

Tim Lambertstock

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.

Chairman’s Report

Sheila Lloyd Lyons stood in for the Chairman, (Tim Lambertstock ), who had been delayed in London. She 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, and we had had some good feedback from attendees. Items of note included:

  • Kevin Warwick’s talk, which was both amusing and informative
  • the visit to Bletchley park. We hope to repeat this when they have made further renovations

We are looking forward to an equally enjoyable and educational programme in the coming year. If anyone had any comments or suggestions they were asked to contact anyone on the committee.

The programme for the coming year had been published, and Sheila encouraged everyone at the meeting to “spread the word” amongst colleagues and friends.

Our Treasurer, Tony Cox, has organised a visit to a F1 team, which should be very popular. Our next meeting, our Christmas lecture, will give you an opportunity to meet “Britain’s greatest fraudster”. This will be held at Rewley House. Please see our web site for details. Note also that we are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer (Tony Cox) presented the accounts.

We had only spent half our budget allocation last year; this was because we had had a number of events which had been generously hosted without charge, and some speakers had not claimed (full) expenses.

Unfortunately our allocation for next year has been reduced, so will will need to bid for support from the contingency fund, if necessary. However we hope to maintain the quality and breadth of our events.

The Treasurer’s report was accepted unanimously.

Election of Committee

The existing committee, with the exception of Suzy Race, had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is shown below.

Nominee Proposer Seconder
Athar Majed Tim Lambertstock Shiela Lloyd Lyons
Brian Day (Secretary) Geoff Stone Tim Lambertstock
Brian Read Geoff Stone Simon Marsh
Chris Dawe Shiela Lloyd Lyons Tim Lambertstock
Geoff Stone Brian Read Sheila Lloyd Lyons
Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning Tony Cox Geoff Stone
Gerry Rohling (WebMaster) Tim Lambertstock Sheila Lloyd Lyons
Sheila Lloyd Lyons Tim Lambertstock Brian Day
Simon Marsh Brian Day Sheila Lloyd Lyons
Sverker Griph Sheila Lloyd Lyons Brian Read
Tim Lambertstock (Chair) Shiela Lloyd Lyons Brian Day
Tony Cox (Treasurer) Simon Marsh Brian Read
John Estdale Tim Lambertstock Sheila Lloyd Lyons

In addition we have a new volunteer:

Nalim Asanka Sheila Lloyd Lyons Brian Day

There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.

The Chairman and Treasurer were confirmed in their roles; allocation of Committee responsibilities will be ratified at the first meeting of the new committee.

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There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 19:55.

After this, Alex Goodyear, Colin Hogben and Adam Stephen, CCFE., gave an interesting session titled “Wall to Wall RaspberryPi”.

 

Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP

Branch Secretary

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Chairs Letter 2013

BCS Oxfordshire Branch–AGM Report 2011/2012

Venue: e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road
Date: 11 October 2012
Time: 19:40

Apologies for Absence

Athar Majed, Suzy Race, Gerry Rohling

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.

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman (Tim Lambertstock ) welcomed everyone to the meeting, and noted that his report had been circulated to the membership, and was also available on the Branch website.

We had had a rich and varied programme last year, and we had had some good feedback from attendees. We are looking forward to an equally enjoyable and educational programme in the coming year. If anyone had any comments or suggestions they were asked to contact anyone on the committee.

The programme for the coming year had been published, and Tim encouraged everyone at the meeting to “spread the word” amongst colleagues and friends.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer (Tony Cox) presented the unaudited accounts.

Our allocated last year had been £3200, with some additional funding this rose to £4106.Our budget was essentially 75% of the previous year.

We had managed to reduce costs in most areas, although speakers’ expenses[1] and room hire had increased. At the end of the year we had overspent by £57!

Our funding for next year was £3356, plus £606 for Student Prizes. We will have to work within these constraints, although additional funding may be available on an individually approved basis.

Election of Committee

The Secretary (Brian Day) noted that all of the existing committee had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is shown below.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Athar Majed

Tim Lambertstock

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day (Secretary)

Geoff Stone

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Read

Geoff Stone

Simon Marsh

Chris Dawe

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Geoff Stone

Brian Read

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning

Tony Cox

Geoff Stone

Gerry Rohling (WebMaster)

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Day

Simon Marsh

Brian Day

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sverker Griph

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Brian Read

Tim Lambertstock (Chair)

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day

Tony Cox (Treasurer)

Simon Marsh

Brian Read

In addition we had one new volunteer to join the committee:

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Suzy Race

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

     

There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.

The Chairman and Treasurer were confirmed in their roles; allocation of Committee responsibilities will be ratified at the first meeting of the new committee.

The Chairman thanked all the committee for their hard work during the last year, and looked forward to working with the new committee.

AOB

Following last year’s tradition, Vernon Porter, from the floor, asked that we should formally record a vote of thanks to the Committee for the work they had done over the previous year.

There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 19:55.

After this, Dr Alison Corfield, gave an interesting session titled “Knowledge Management to Recession Proof your ICT”.

Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP

Branch Secretary

Oxfordshire Branch


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BCS Oxfordshire Branch–AGM Report 2010/2011

Venue: e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road

Date: 13 October 2011

Time: 19:30

Apologies for Absence

Jean Nunn-Price, David Greenaway, Gerry Rohling, Geoff Stone, Chris Dawe

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.

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman (Tim Lambertstock) welcomed the members to this year’s AGM, and noted that a summary of the Branch’s activities for the year was in the Chairman’s report published on the Branch web site, and he was happy to take any questions.

In summary, last year’s programme had proved popular, and covered a wide range of topics. We are investigating new ways for reporting meetings during next year.

Attendees were urged to circulate and display the forthcoming Branch programme at their places of work, as hopefully we have and equally interesting and varied programme this year.

Sandwiches before our meetings had been a very welcome addition to the meetings, and the cost had been covered by economising on other activities, such as physical mailings.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer (Tony Cox) summarised the Treasurer’s Report. He noted that these were provisional figures as the accounts had yet to be audited. There were no questions on the report.

The Treasurer noted that next year’s allocation had been reduced by ~£1k; however we have the opportunity to bid for additional funds if we need to.

Election of Committee

The Secretary (Brian Day) noted that all of the existing committee had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is shown below.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Athar Majed

Tim Lambertstock

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day (Secretary)

Geoff Stone

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Read

Geoff Stone

Simon Marsh

Chris Dawe

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Geoff Stone

Brian Read

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Gerry Rohling (WebMaster)

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Day

Simon Marsh

Brian Day

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sverker Griph

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Brian Read

Tim Lambertstock (Chair)

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day

Tony Cox (Treasurer)

Simon Marsh

Brian Read

In addition we had one new volunteer to join the committee:

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning

Tony Cox

Geoff Stone

There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.

The election of Officers and allocation of Committee responsibilities will be ratified at the first meeting of the new committee.

The Chairman thanked all the committee for their hard work during the last year, and looked forward to working with the new committee..

AOB

Vernon Porter, from the floor, asked that we should formally record a vote of thanks to the Committee for the work they had done over the previous year.

There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 19:45.

After this, Ian Hughes, Director, Feeding Edge Ltd, gave an interesting session titled “Washing away cave paintings – A technical evaluation”. This talk covered the evolution of social media and gaming, and its potential uses in the widest context.

Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP

Branch Secretary

Oxfordshire Branch

AGM and Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

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Branch Annual General Meeting, followed by Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

Raspi_Colour_RAlex Goodyear, Colin Hogben and Adam Stephen, CCFE. A talk about the inspiration behind the Raspberry Pi and its achievements which have far exceeded the original project aims. We’ll give an overview of the device’s capabilities and uses, both domestic and commercial.

This will include a demonstration of the use of the Raspberry Pi to create incredibly configurable video walls.

Alex Goodyear is the chief designer of the PiWall. He is working as Senior Control and Electronics Engineer at CCFE mainly with embedded systems.

Colin Hogben is a Professional Software/Control Engineer working at CCFE; software developer for PiWall video wall.

Adam Stephen is a project manager with both technical and commercial responsibilities at CCFE.    He is equally at home developing hard real-time control systems, or managing international bids for research and development projects.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 14 November 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.

Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

[Event Summary] Who Wants 4G?

Dr. Ana Isabel Canhoto
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Oxford Brookes University

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Who Wants 4G?

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The deployment of 4G phone services in Oxfordshire brings with it the promise of high-speed Internet connectivity on the go. But who is likely to pay the premium monthly subscription and upgrade their mobile phone handset? This talk draws on insights from consumer decision making to explore the market segments most likely to adopt the new services and why, and what features they will value the most.

It has been said that people do not buy product features; they buy benefits. Accordingly, this talk focuses on the emotional and psychological needs fulfilled by mobile telephony, offering a behavioural perspective on the adoption of technological products.


The event is free.
Members and non-members are very welcome.
Please just turn up.
Tea, coffee, and a sandwich buffet are served from 7:00pm.

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