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2004/5 Programme

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Programme Summary

Thursday 16 September 2004 Computer Forensics - The role of the Expert Witness
...meeting report
Thursday 14 October 2004 Predicting the Future with the Grid
...meeting report
Thursday 11 November 2004 A lively debate on the merits of Windows, Open Source and the future of Operating Systems
A joint meeting with the Oxford University Computer Society
...meeting report
December 2004 We had hoped to run another in our series of Christmas Lectures this month, but this has not been possible, so there will be no branch meeting in December.
Thursday 27 January 2005 The Past, Present and Future of Academic Networking
...meeting report
Thursday 17 February 2005 Auto Id: A Sixth Sense for Big Brother?
...meeting report
Thursday 10 March 2005 Visit to Science Museum Large Objects Storage Facility, Wroughton
Thursday 21 April 2005 Intellectual Property: What do I own?
Thursday 19 May 2005 AGM and Mandatory Professional Recognition in the IT Industry - Future or Fiction?

We hope that you will enjoy the range of topics to be covered. If there are other subjects you'd like to hear about, it's never too soon to start thinking about the following year. Just drop us a note using the contact form.

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We reviewed the wording of our meeting reminders in the light of the EU Directive on Electronic Communications (which came into force in the UK on 11 December 2003) and now include a clear explanation of why individuals are receiving the message and how to unsubscribe.

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Programme Detail


Computer Forensics - The role of the Expert Witness

Date Thursday 16 September 2004
Time 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speaker

Prof. Neil Barrett BSc PhD CEng FBCS CITP

Neil Barrett is Visiting Professor of computer crime at Cranfield University and author of the book Traces of Guilt.

Neil Barrett studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Nottingham University, graduating in 1983. Just two years later, he gained a PhD and the university"s research prize; York University appointed him as the UK"s youngest lecturer in 1985. In 1988 he left academe and became a consultant, specialising in UNIX and computer security.

Neil joined IRM plc as Technical Director in June 1999 and is responsible for the development of security policies and contingency plans, penetration testing and computer forensic analyses. He has appeared in court as a computer expert in great variety of cases. A frequent speaker at many conferences, Neil has also appeared on several programmes to discuss computer crime and is often asked to give expert comment and opinions for the national and the specialist media.

His latest book, "Traces of Guilt" was published by Bantam Press in February 2004 (ISBN 0593051866) and is available from amazon.co.uk and other online bookstores.

The talk will cover the following topics:

  • What is Computer Forensics?
  • Issues of Evidence from Computers
  • The Law and Computers
  • Preparing statements for Court
  • The Role of the Expert Witness
  • Issues with the 'Trojan Defence'
  • Examples of Cases.

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Predicting the Future with the Grid

Date Thursday 14 October 2004
Time 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speakers

Dr. Keith Norman, Tessella Support Services plc,
Dr. David Frame, University of Oxford Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Unlimited access to processing power and other computing resources will be a major driver in IT over the coming years. How do we distinguish the hype from the reality?

Staff at the University of Oxford are partnering with Tessella to develop just such applications - and the reality is that these applications are running now, with over 50,000 participants worldwide.

Dave Frame from the University of Oxford will talk on the climateprediction.net project, which aims to understand climate change over the coming decades. Keith Norman from Tessella will talk on other experiences with distributed computing, and the future of the Grid.

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A lively debate on the merits of Windows, Open Source and the future of Operating Systems

Motion The debate will be on the motion: "This house believes that the enthusiasm for Linux and Open Source is a triumph of hope over reality"
Date Thursday 11 November 2004
Time 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speakers

For the motion:

  • Paul Wood-Robinson, Technology Strategist, Microsoft
  • Nick Manning, HP Ltd

Against the motion:

  • Malcolm Yates, Novell Alliances EMEA, SUSE Linux
  • Paul Tempest-Mitchell, Data Centre Practice Manager, Sun
Chairman

We are delighted to be running this as a joint event with the Oxford University Computer Society

Their President, Joseph Mathewson, has kindly agreed to chair the debate.

With Novell's acquisition of SuSE and the emergence of Sun's Java Desktop, some experts are arguing that Linux is ready for prime time on the front end as well as the back end.

What do vendors have to say about this? Are the claims borne out by user experiences, or does Windows provide the most future-proof platform for growth?

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BCS Oxfordshire Branch Christmas Lecture 2004

Date There will be no Christmas Lecture and no December Branch meeting this year. None of the high profile speakers we were hoping to invite has been able to come.
If you have any suggestions for future years, please let us know using the contact form.

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The Past, Present and Future of Academic Networking

Date Thursday 27 January 2005
Time 19:30 (Wine and nibbles from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speakers Dr Bob Day, Network Development Director
Tim Kidd. Production Services Director, UKERNA

JANET, the UK's education and research network is 20 years old and connects over 16 million users in universities, colleges, research councils and schools.

The speakers will outline the history of the network and look at the challenges that they face in running and developing JANET including the technologies that JANET employs and developments in network engineering.

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Auto Id: A Sixth Sense for Big Brother?

Date Thursday 17 February 2005
Time 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speaker

Roger Willison-Gray, Steria Limited

Roger Willison-Gray has over 20 years experience in the field of RFID systems having worked on projects in the supply chain and security for both public and private sector clients. He recently led the Steria team in winning a project at London Heathrow Airport to manage the operation of taxis using RFID Tags.

The emergence of wireless based 'Auto ID' solutions is revolutionising the supply chain and allowing both animate and inanimate objects to have a unique identity which automatically monitors, tracks and traces their behaviour. Coupled with advanced data management techniques this allows accurate and detailed analysis of information at a level previously not possible.

This technology will help reduce theft and fraud, improve public safety and provide much better management reporting. Like all new technology it can be a force for good or misuse. What impact does this have for Civil Liberties?

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Visit to Science Museum Large Objects Storage Facility

Date Thursday 10 March 2005
Time Afternoon
Location Science Museum Large Objects Storage Facility, Wroughton..Directions
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An afternoon guided tour of some of the fascinating exhibits collected by the Science Museum but for which there is insufficient display space in London.

The tour will be optionally preceded by a pub lunch near the Wroughton site. Travel by car sharing.

More details are on the Wroughton Trip page. We will cover the entry ticket cost for branch members but if you'd like to come we need you to fill in the booking form.

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Intellectual Property: What do I own?

Date Thursday 21 April 2005
Time 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speaker Jennifer Pierce, Partner at Charles Russell

Intellectual property affects hardware, software and many aspects of computer and Internet use. Jennifer will explain what the intellectual property terms of software licences mean in practice (such as terms relating to interfaces and decompilation), some of the pitfalls of joint development and further development of licensed software. She will also cover the protection of databases, web-sites, trade marks, domain names and other internet-related issues.

Jennifer is a contributing author to the new BCS book A Manager's Guide to IT Law.

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AGM and Mandatory Professional Recognition in the IT Industry - Future or Fiction?

Date Thursday 19 May 2005
Time 19:30 (Cheese and Wine buffet from 19:00)
Location Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford ..Directions and Map
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Speaker

Charles Hughes, BCS Deputy President

Starting this year, we will be holding the branch AGM in May in order to fit in with new BCS accounting procedures.
PDF fileAGM Agenda

After the business of the Annual General Meeting, preceded as usual by a light cheese and wine buffet, Charles Hughes will lead off a debate on the BCS strategy to promote and establish professionalism in IT.

As the next President of the BCS, Charles Hughes will be central to taking Professional IT recognition through BCS membership to industry, and the value in the BCS as the only professional IT body.

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