2016 - 2017 Programme

All meetings are free of charge, no reservation is required, except where otherwise indicated below, although members may be requested to indicate intention to attend via online poll e.g. Doodle however please note this is for capacity planning purposes only. Non members are welcome to all meetings. Branch meetings qualify for BCS CPD credit.

Programme Summary

Date Event
14 Nov 2016 Building Ultrafast Personalization Systems using Amazon Web Services & Redis
12 Dec 2016 Internet Interconnects - What makes the Internet cheap and robust?
9 Jan 2017 Eye tracking. Past, present & future
13 Feb 2017 Me and OpenBSD: A secure learning journey
13 Mar 2017 Current Research Projects and Future Trends in Virtual and Augmented Reality
10 Apr 2017 TBA

Programme Detail

Building Ultrafast Personalization Systems using Amazon Web Services & Redis

Date Monday 14th November 2016
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location Mash Room, Floor 3, Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Drew Bradley
Convenor William Nelson

Topic: Building Ultrafast Personalization Systems using Amazon Web Services & Redis

Synopsis: This talk describes the construction of an ultrafast personalized recommendation system to serve millions of customers using standard Amazon Web Services and Redis, a high performance in memory data structure store.

About the Speaker: Drew Bradley is a Senior Software Engineer in Amazon's Dynamic Advertising team in Edinburgh. He holds an MEng in Computer and Electronic Systems from Strathclyde University. He's been with Amazon Development Centre Scotland for 9 years, and has built multiple high scale, low latency personalization systems. Prior to Amazon, he was an intern at Sun Microsystems in California and CERN in Switzerland.

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Internet Interconnects - What makes the Internet cheap and robust?

Date Monday 12th December 2016
Time 18:30 for 19:00
Location Mash Room, Floor 3, Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Kurt Erik Lindqvist, CMO, London Internet Exchange Ltd
Convenor William Nelson

Topic: Internet Interconnects - What makes the Internet cheap and robust?

Synopsis: From the very early days of the Internet, with highly centralised points of interconnects between the various networks, through to todays highly distributed interconnects and 'close to the edge' content distribution, Internet interconnects have been at the heart of what makes the Internet work. The evolution of Interconnects is what has kept the Internet able to cope with growing End User bandwidth demand, yet provide an extremely robust and distributed service. We will learn about the history of Internet interconnects, their technology, and also where the future of Internet services such as Streaming and Cloud services is taking the Internet; How Interconnects will play an important part of guaranteeing a robust and resilient service delivery in the future.

Bio: Kurt Erik "Kurtis" Lindqvist has a background in engineering and business development at ISPs, world-wide carrier networks and IXPs. Kurtis is currently the CMO of LINX and started out in the industry by co-founding a local ISP in Finland in 1994, then worked as Technical Director for EUnet/KPNQwest Sweden 1997-2000 and worked for the office of the CTO as Director of Network Architecture 2000-2002. He was the CEO of Swedish IXP operator Netnod 2002-2015. He served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005 - 2009, and have chaired several working groups in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He has also worked actively as a WG chair in RIPE where he has served as NCC-Services WG chair since 2004. He has been a board member of Euro-IX, the IXP association, since 2002 and since 2003 as chairman. He has participated actively in development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various operational forums. In addition, Kurtis previously served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, as well as the Swedish Forreign Minister. He is a co-author of two RFCs and is a regular speaker at International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and NANOG.

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Eye tracking. Past, present & future

Date Monday 9th January 2017
Time 18:30 for 19:00
Location Floor 3, Teacher building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Calum Andrew Morrell
Convenor William Nelson

Topic: Eye tracking. Past, present & future.

Synopsis: The history of eye tracking is longer than most people realise, yet the technology is still very much in its infancy. This talk will look at the origins of eye tracking before the days of computing, the current state of the technology and the promises of consumer ready equipment in the not too distant future. Beyond the technology, uses will be explored from academic research through corporate analysis and edging into the leisure market.

About the speaker: Calum Andrew Morrell gained a degree in computing at GCU before developing databases for Telecom Sciences Corporation Ltd then acting as a Windows NT Server Technical Design Specialist through the mid to late 90s. Since early 2002 he has been running Stropharia with a focus on User eXperience and related tools, eye tracking being one small part - though distinctly the most fun!

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Me and OpenBSD: A secure learning journey

Date Monday 13th February 2017
Time 18:30 for 19:00
Location Floor 3, Teacher building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Fred Crowson, Assocation for Computing Machinery
Convenor William Nelson

Synopsis: Continuing professional development (CPD) and life long learning are important tools for surviving and living in the 21st Century. This talk will look at getting the most out of your professional membership - and how that relates to CPD, life long learning and more importantly OpenBSD! OpenBSD is a multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system with an emphasis on proactive security and integrated cryptography.

About the Speaker: Fred Crowson has been using OpenBSD as his desktop and preferred server operating systems since 2001. As a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a lapsed professional member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and British Computer Society (BCS), he will share some insights into the value of professional membership.

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Current Research Projects and Future Trends in Virtual and Augmented Reality

Date Monday 13th March 2017
Time 18:30 for 19:00
Location Mash Room, Floor 3, IET Teacher building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Prof Vassilis Charissis, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MIET
Convenor Eddie Gray, BA (Hons), MSc, MBCS, CITP

Synopsis:

The expansive revolution of VR headsets has recently introduced VR in everyday life primarily for entertainment purposes. A plethora of applications and systems however have - for some years now - been in development, focusing mostly in the use of Virtual and Augmented reality in the amelioration/enhancement of everyday activities, out-with the realm of entertainment. This lecture aims to present some of the existing projects currently undertaken at University level and their potential applications in the wider community. Future trends and projected expectations for these technologies in the next decade will also be discussed.

Short Bio:

Prof. Vassilis Charissis, BSc(Hons), MPhil, PhD, MIET

Professor Vassilis Charissis is a Professor of Human Computer Interaction at Glasgow Caledonian University, Director of Virtual Reality and Simulation Laboratory (VRS Lab) and Research Leader of the Visual Affective and Pervasive Research Group (VAPS). He holds a BSc (Hons) in Technology of Graphics Arts and Mechanical Engineering, from the Technical and Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, an MPhil in Computing -Advanced 2D/3D Motion Graphics and Virtual Prototyping and a PhD in Computing in the area of Human Machine Interfaces and automotive Head-Up - Display systems, the latter two from the University of Glasgow, UK. He is also the recipient of two international first places for prototype design and engineering in the automotive industry competitions for FIAT and Opel respectively and holds two patents in advanced biomimetic automotive engineering. Professor Charissis has extensive industry experience as he developed prototype vehicles and HCI systems for Alfa Romeo, Lancia, FIAT, Ford US, Suzuki US, Opel, QinetiQ, Thales, and Fisher Defence Submarines. His work has received funding from SFC, EPSRC, RCPSG, RCSEd, NHS, ARUK, and NHS Education Scotland (NES) His research track record includes more than 100 publications and 65 successfully completed projects. Professor Charissis has served as an international expert reviewer for simulation proposals for the National Research Council of Canada and expert reviewer for development of advanced simulation laboratories for the Canada Foundation for Innovation | Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation

VENUE: Mash Room, Floor 3, IET Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, GLASGOW

Tea & Coffee @ 18:30 Presentation @ 19:00

Monday 13th March 2017

CONTACT: e.gray@gcu.ac.uk

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TBA

Date Monday 10th April 2017
Time 18:30 for 19:00
Location Floor 3, Teacher building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Jason Fairley, Axis Animation
Convenor William Nelson

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