2013 - 2014 Programme

All meetings unless otherwise stated start at 6:30 pm and are now usually held in Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE. Map of Location Please note the change of location. Refreshments are available from 6:00 pm.

All meetings are free of charge and no reservation is required, except where otherwise indicated below. Non members are welcome to all meetings. Branch meetings qualify for BCS CPD credit.

Programme Summary

Date Event
14 Oct 2013 Women in IT + BCS Glasgow Branch AGM 2013
11 Nov 2013 Real Life Project Management
9 Dec 2013 Climatic Research Unit Data Leak and the Implications for Software Engineering for Computational Science
13 Jan 2014 Big Data & Analytics: Your concise guide
10 Feb 2014 When 3 worlds collide
10 Mar 2014 Controlling 70-Ton Gripper Arms for Offshore Wind Turbine Construction Using LabVIEW and CompactRIO
14 Apr 2014 Greening UK and its government
12 May 2014 3D Visualisation for Medicine, Heritage and Entertainment
9 Jun 2014 Interactive Lectures using Smartphones

Programme Detail

Women in IT & BCS Glasgow Branch AGM 2013

Date Monday 14th October 2013
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Sharon Moore (BCSWomen Scotland)
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

Sharon Moore will be delivering a presentation on Women in Computing. This will then be followed by the AGM.

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Real Life Project Management

Date Monday 11th November 2013
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Ian Weetch (South Lanarkshire Council)
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

"Real Life Project Management - Ian Weetch, Business Systems Project Manager at South Lanarkshire Council discusses the reality of project management in relation to Enterprise class systems in complex organisations."

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Climatic Research Unit Data Leak and the Implications for Software Engineering for Computational Science

Date Monday 9th December 2013
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Tim Storer (University of Glasgow)
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

Title: Climatic Research Unit Data Leak and the Implications for Software Engineering for Computational Science

Abstract: In November 2009, a large amount of research material was leaked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. The material consisted of emails, academic papers, research proposals, data and a substantial collection of source codes (over 75,000 lines across more than 1000 files) and program binaries.

Much of the material in the archive (particularly the email correspondence) has already been subject to substantial analysis discussion and controversy concerning the integrity of the data and results contained. This debate is clearly significant given the conclusions that have been drawn from the results and the implications for wider climate change policy. However, relatively little attention has been given to quality of the software source code and accompanying documentation.

This talk will present an analysis of the leaked source code to highlight the challenge of applying software engineering methods to the development of high quality scientific software. The results of these analyses are then discussed in the broader context of the use of computerprograms for producing scientific results.

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Big Data & Analytics: Your concise guide

Date Monday 13th January 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Chris Brown (OCF Plc)
Convenor Colin Crook

Bio: Chris Brown now works for OCF Plc as a Consultant in Data Analytics in the recently formed Analytics Division, prior to joining OCF Chris was a consultant in Cloud Computing and Application Modernisation technologies. Previously Chris worked for HP as a corporate Director of Strategy in HP’s Mission Critical Business Systems Group where his main role was to lead the development of business and technical strategies for the Engineering teams, focusing on customer and partner requirements and leveraging key HP technologies.

Before joining HP Chris managed a number of Software companies in the UK, latterly focusing on Travel and CRM systems. Chris started out in IT as a software engineer and although he does not write code anymore still retains that keen engineering interest in software technologies and their advancement. Chris was educated in the UK and has lived and worked in the Middle East, the United States as well as the UK.

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When 3 worlds collide

Date Monday 10th February 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker William MacLeod and Grant Berry (SERIC Systems)
Convenor Colin Crook

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Controlling 70-Ton Gripper Arms for Offshore Wind Turbine Construction Using LabVIEW and CompactRIO

Date Monday 10th March 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Dr Andy Clegg (ISC Ltd)
Convenor Lynn Kelly

Synopsis:

The Challenge: Creating an intuitive, reliable system to deploy, position and stow hydraulic gripper arms used in guiding steel monopiles for offshore wind farm construction.

The Solution: Developing an integrated control system that uses an NI CompactRIO system and NI LabVIEW software to perform real-time data acquisition, monitoring and a position control algorithm.

ISC Ltd are a control engineering company, but have just been involved in developing and delivering the embedded control software for a couple of impressive marine engineering projects. So whilst some of it is about the control, most of it is around the software engineering needed to make something work reliably. ISC Ltd won Application of the Year awards from National Instruments for both of these projects.

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Greening UK and its government

Date Monday 14th April 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Bob Crooks (Defra and Chair, BCS Green IT Specialist Group)
Convenor Eddie Gray

Bob is currently working for the UK’s Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where he is their lead for Green and Sustainable use of ICT and Innovation. He is also Defra’s lead on the UK Cabinet Office’s CIO/CTO Council’s Green Development Unit (GDU) where he heads up a working group on Green ICT metrics that has developed

- a UK government workbook of Green ICT best practices,

- a Roadmap for 14 key areas of improving practice

- a Green ICT Maturity Model,

- a foot-printing tool building on a model provided by JISC

He has run 2 annual assessments for the GDU, contributing to the 2 GDU Annual reports so far published (2012 and 2103) by the Cabinet Office. These are now being used in a third annual round of assessments across all UK government departments.

He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his work in leading a local charity for disadvantaged people in Guildford, which he helped set up in 1983.

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Joint event with BCS Animation and Games sub group and BCS Glasgow Topic: 3D Visualisation for Medicine, Heritage and Entertainment

Date Monday 12th May 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location

**UPDATE 11/04/2014 Please note location is Glasgow Caledonian University, not the Digital Design Studio**

Speaker Paul Chapman (Glasgow School of Art - Digital Design Studio)
Convenor Lynn Kelly

BIO: Dr Paul Chapman is Deputy Director of the Digital Design Studio (DDS) where he has worked since 2009. The DDS is a postgraduate research and commercial centre based in the Digital Media Quarter in Glasgow housing state of the art virtual reality, graphics and sound laboratories. Previously Paul was Director of the Hull Immersive Visualization Centre and spent several years working as an offshore engineer in the oil, gas and diamond mining industries. Paul holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, he is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Passionate about technology, Paul applies his experience to real-world problems in numerous disciplines. He has several years of managerial and project management experience and has won numerous awards including the 2009 UK Industry Awards: IT Innovative Project of the Year.

DDS: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/research-centres/digital-design-studio/

The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies. Research activity at the DDS is underpinned by taught Masters programmes and a growing PhD community.

The DDS is dedicated to developing ways in which people can engage and interact with data and emerging digital visualisation systems. Learning, research, commercialisation and knowledge transfer in the DDS is not characterised by traditional subject areas but concentrates on the ways in which computer tools and interfaces can be developed for visualisation and improved human computer interaction across the arts and sciences.

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Interactive Lectures using Smartphones

Date Monday 9th June 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room M404 (4th Floor), George Moore Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Robert Law (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Convenor Lynn Kelly

Summary: Reviewing the technology involved, the pedagogical issues and how the technology can be used to enhance the lecture.

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