The first meeting of BCS Coventry in 2017 focused on the challenges of ensuring driverless cars are safe, secure and robust. Gunwant Dhadyalla gave an engaging presentation on these challenges and the driverless car research at the University of Warwick, leading an ethical and practical debate with the audience. The evening finished with a visit to the drive in vehicle simulator
On Wednesday 18th January there is an opportunity to hear about driverless cars research taking place in WMG at the University of Warwick. It will discuss the potential benefits for all of us arising from the future introduction of driverless cars and also explain the challenges we face on this journey – especially around ensuring that theywill be safe, secure and robust.
BCS meetings are open to all, and free to attend. This meeting takes place at 7pm in the main auditorium, International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, with refreshments from 6.30pm. More information here.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Paul Curson at this years Coventry Christmas Lecture, supported by BCS, IET and the IMA. It takes place on the 7th of December at 7pm, at Coventry University. Refreshments from 6.30pm, buffet afterwards. Places are free, but booking is essential: https://coventrychristmas2016.eventbrite.co.uk
One of the worst medical conditions imaginable is locked-in syndrome. It leaves you totally paralyzed except perhaps for the blink of an eye. Your intelligent mind is locked inside a useless body, able to sense everything but unable to communicate. It could happen to anyone, out of the blue, as a result of a stroke. If you wanted to help people with locked-in syndrome, the obvious thing might be to become a doctor or nurse, but how could a computer scientist help?
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ is an incredibly uplifting book. It’s the autobiography of Jean-Dominique Bauby, written after he woke up in a hospital bed totally paralysed. In the book, he describes life with locked-in syndrome. He did have a way to communicate not only to write the book but also with medics, friends and family. He did it without any technology at all. How?
At 7pm on the 19th of October, the BCS Coventry meeting features an unusual and highly creative project, linking dance with Computer Science. Genevieve Nunes-Smith, founder of ReadySaltedCode will share the work she has done linking classical dance with Computer Science. The project features wearable-tech ballet shoes and costumes, incorporates weather data and aims to bring Computer Science to life.
Genevieve’s work has been featured at a number of institutions and events including the Royal Institution, Brighton Digital Festival, International Scratch Conferences 2015 + 2016, NAACE 2016.
The first branch meeting of 2016/17 starts with a presentation on Physical Computing Activities with Scratch by Warwick Technology Volunteers on the 28th of September, 6.30pm. The team have had a busy and successful year running Scratch and Arduino sessions in local sch0ols. They’ve also had the time to design a new board to support their outreach activities that uses ScratchX, and share their work at the Scratch@MIT Conference this summer. ScratchX enables a wide range of physical devices to be connnected to the popular Scratch programming language. Come along and hear what the team have been doing. More information is available here.
Our IET colleagues would like to invite you to one of their learned meetings where they will explore how some recent advances in cryptography can help address some of the security challenges of the “Internet of Everything”
In recent years there has been a substantial increase in the number and variety of devices connected to networks and the internet. More and more applications are emerging that interconnect these devices and their data, and it seems that the future will have “smart” everything, from smart houses and cars to smart cities and transport. While these exciting developments undoubtedly bring considerable benefits to our lives, there is also the potential for significant security risks.
In this talk Professor Waller will introduce some of the security challenges for the future “Internet of everything”, and then focus on how some recent advances in cryptography could help.
On Tuesday 17th of May Colin Pearson will talk to the branch about the challenges of being an expert witness.
It will be an unusual but light hearted reflection on 25 years as an Expert Witness covering both criminal cases (including fraud, murder and terrorism) as well as commercial cases (such as computer contracts, and misuse by employees), divorce and landlord / tenant issues!
Many of these smaller cases are far from the traditional image presented in the press or on TV. Colin will share some of his war stories. The topics will be jargon-free and non-technical but of interest to both lawyers and computing practitioners.
On Wednesday the 20th of April we had an interesting presentation on Cyber Security and the challenges faced in this area. Frazer Lewis, who works with WMG’s Cyber Security Team, gave a talk titled “I’m not angry I’m just disappointed“. His entertaining rant highlighted how cyber security affects all of us as individuals now that more of our household appliances and vehicles are increasingly gaining an online connection.
Thank you to Frazer Lewis and WMG Cyber Security team for an entertaining evening. More information about Frazer’s talk is available on the event page here.
On Wednesday 23rd of March, Peter Crouch from BCS Birmingham is coming to talk about Fortran its history and its current uses. The talk takes place at Coventry University in the EC Building at 7pm, room EC1-22. More information is available here.