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The IET and BCS have gathered together all known IT events in the Midlands at www.midlandsit.net, please feel free to check these out and attend any you may find interesting or useful.

Did I mention that all our open meetings are open?
Don't forget to keep an eye on the Coventry MakerSpace events at http://www.meetup.com/CoventryMakerspace/  

Branch Events

All events are free (in the unlikely event they are not we will let you know up front) and booking is only essential where we ask you to prebook, e.g. for the Christmas Lecture. A booking link will then be provided by the event.  

The Digital Cultural Heritage pipeline
from data acquisition to 3D visualisation

Date Wednesday 18 Feb 2015
Time 18:30 - for a 19:00 start
Speaker Rossella Suma - WMG - University of Warwick
Location location IMC Auditorium - University of Warwick
Abstract Cultural Heritage represents an enormous amount of information and knowledge that can be digitally processed and analysed in many creative ways that have yet to be fully explored. The evolution of culture, literacy and society during the last decades of the 20th century has brought deep transformations in the role and function of museums and cultural institutions. They have to face the problems of providing access to cultural heritage sites, communicating cultural content to a wide and assorted audience and meeting the expectations and interests of the end-users while relying on the most appropriate tools available.The technology we have at our disposal is a major asset in pursuing these objectives.

In the past manually documenting Cultural Heritage sites has required an enormous amount of effort and time. Recent advances in computer vision and graphics offer fast and easy-to-use methods to digitally capture any environment. These techniques enable the creation of accurate three dimensional virtual models for cost-effective preservation, documentation and protection of historically significant landmark. This talk will give a brief overview of several key components of the Digital Cultural Heritage pipeline, from data acquisition to the visualisation of a 3D Virtual Reconstruction.

Learn together - Basic Arduino Workshop

Date Saturday 21 Feb 2015
Time 13:00 - 1:00pm start - planned to run until 5:00pm
Speaker Dan - from Coventry MakerSpace and Leicester Hackerspace http://www.meetup.com/CoventryMakerspace/members/177800942/
Location Coventry MakerSpace, Koco Community Resouce Centre, 15 Arches, Spon End, Coventry CV1 3JQ
Abstract Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Our Introduction to Arduino Workshop will get you up an running with this exciting technology, showing you how to program the device and make simple electronic circuits. The course fee includes a complete Arduino kit containing an Arduino UNO clone, LEDs, a motor, battery, prototyping board and other components. This will be yours to keep after the workshop.

Participants will need to bring a laptop (Mac/PC/Linux) to program on.

Price includes the kit
£48 per place for non Makerspace members
£40 for Makerspace members.
To book, please go to our meetup page http://www.meetup.com/CoventryMakerspace/events/219122756/

University Challenge - Posters Playoff

Date Tuesday 10 Mar 2015
Time 18:30 - for a 19:00 start
Speaker PhD Students - Coventry University and University of Warwick
Location EC 1-29 (the large room on the first floor) - Coventry University Engineering & Computing block
Abstract Once again, for your information and entertainment, PhD students from both our prestigious universities will be presenting leading edge research. Come along and gain valuble insites into cutting edge ideas and research.

The History of Computing - Coventry Branch 50th Anniversary

Date Wednesday 15 Apr 2015
Time 18:30 - for a 19:00 start, networking buffet to follow
Speaker Richard Kenyon - the first Coventry Branch Secretary
Location ECG-13 - Coventry University Engineering & Computing block - Ground Floor - TBC
Abstract Richard was the very first Coventry Branch Secretary when the Branch inception occurred in 1965 (although the founder members had begun meeting a couple of years earlier) so knows more about the Branch that most, and a good deal about how the field of Computing has changed over the ensuing 50 years! Many members have asked us to provide a lively talk about the History of Computers and Computing, and when better than the 50th anniversary of the Coventry Branch?

Telstar to Terabits - The Evolution of Satellite Telecommunications

Date Thursday 23 Apr 2015
Time 18:30 - Refreshments from 18:30 for the presentation at 19:00. Networking buffet afterwards
Speaker John Yates - Satellite Communications Consultant & Past-Chairman, IET Space Committee
Location Coventry University Engineering & Computing block
Abstract The Telstar 1 satellite was launched on 10th July 1962 into a low earth orbit and was capable or relaying a single television channel between the US and UK for 20 minutes when the satellite was over the Atlantic Ocean. However, fast-forward to the Internet era and satellite operators and users are now looking to satisfy data requirements of the order of tens or hundreds of megabits per second - and not only on land but to ships and aircraft too. Today we rely on satellites to carry terabytes of data 24 x 7 across the globe and John will talk about how satellite technology has evolved from the earliest days of satellite communications to the sophisticated global satellite networks upon which we rely so much today.

John Yates has 28 years of experience in the commercial space sector. After having held key satellite project management positions at SES-Astra and Inmarsat he now works as a freelance consultant providing expert advice and interim management for companies, organisations and governments world-wide in the commercial satellite telecommunications sector. He is Telecoms Policy Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Space Committee and past-Chairman of the IET Space Committee.

Please reserve a place via this link to help with refreshment planning, thank you

The Cost of Internet Capacity

Date Thursday 14 May 2015
Time 18:30 - Refreshments from 18:30 for the presentation at 19:00. Networking finger buffet afterwards
Speaker Dr Mary McCarthy - Research Fellow, Aston University
Location Coventry University Engineering & Computing block
Abstract Despite predictions otherwise, humanity and it's data succeed in clogging all available internet bandwidth. As this traffic demand continues to increase with little willingness or ability to pay for it, in this era of austerity and increasing energy cost, we will look at the challenges facing the optical communications industry to delivery increase capacity for "free".

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