Generative Art, Complexity Science, and Their Cultural Implications

UPDATE: 23rd April. With regret, Philip is now unable to attend and this event has to be cancelled. If there is an opportunity to reschedule, we will announce it on this site.

We are pleased to invite Philip Galanter from Texas A&M University to talk about “Generative Art, Complexity Science, and Their Cultural Implications.” This talk is on Tuesday 28th April, in A6, Llandinam Building. A map of the location is available. There will be refreshments available from 5.30 outside the room. The event is free and open to all.

Generative art is a primarily, but not entirely, computational approach to art making. It involves the artist yielding control to an autonomous system which then makes, or is, the work of art. This talk will provide a conceptual overview of generative art techniques, the relationship between generative systems and complexity science, the nascent field of computational aesthetic evaluation, and the possibility of a higher synthesis reconciling the apparently incommensurable views from the modern culture of the sciences, and the postmodern culture of the humanities. Along the way examples of digital art by the speaker and others will be shown.
Philip Galanter is an artist, theorist, and curator. As an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University he conducts graduate studios in studios in generative art and physical computing. Philip creates generative hardware systems, light sculptures, video and sound art installations, digital fine art prints, and light-box transparencies. His work has been shown in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Italy, and Tunisia.

Philip’s research includes the artistic exploration of complex systems, and the development of art theory bridging the cultures of science and the humanities. His writing has appeared in both art and science publications, and often in association with organizations such as SIGGRAPH, IEEE VIS, ISEA, the College Art Association, xCoAx, and others.

You can find out more about this work at

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We plan to webcast the slides and audio for this event at the link:

Show & Tell – 23rd April 2015

BCS Mid-Wales, Aberystwyth University’s Department of Computer Science, the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and Aberystwyth BCS Student Chapter are holding a Show and Tell event at 6pm on Thursday April 23th in the Parry Williams Building, Penglais Campus: map.

A free tech-related event where you can show off your latest creations, in-progress projects or new toys. Tell us about your half-baked ideas, great experiences and favourite new website.

Working on a new mobile app? Have an idea for a hazard sensing robot? Built something epic in Minecraft? If you’re playing with technology, we’d love to hear about it. Hobbyists, professionals and researchers alike.

There will be free refreshments (beer and pizza).

You can see images and video from past events here:

Further info at: Eventbrite page.

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App-a-thon World Record Attempt

Design your own Android App on 13th June 2015, and take it home to show your friends and family!

The BCS will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time and you can be part of it!

Individuals and families with children over the age of 10 (or possibly a very IT-savvy younger child) are welcome to come and learn how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

Using a mixture of talk, activities, and hands-on coding we will help you build some simple interactive applications that you run and install on your own Android phones or tablets. You will leave the day with apps you’ve built, and the software installed on your own laptop to play around with it once you get home.

What You Need

  • A laptop and an android smartphone/tablet
  • The desire to design your own app
  • Your guardian if you are under 16
  • A packed lunch

BCS will provide:

  • The location
  • Wifi and access to MIT AppInventor
  • Tea/coffee and juice station
  • All the training and assistance you will need to create your own app


The BCSWomen App-a-thon event will take place in the Medrus conference room, Penbryn, on the Penglais Campus in Aberystwyth on Saturday 13 June 2015, from 10am. For further information and to register for your place on this free event, please visit:

Rollout and Exploitation of Superfast Broadband

We are pleased to invite Peter Williams and Michael Groves from Welsh Government to talk about the Rollout and Exploitation of Superfast Broadband. The talk will be on Monday, May 11th 2015 at 6pm. This will be held at Aberystwyth University, in A12 in the Hugh Owen Building.

There will be some food and drink available before the talk, from 5.30pm.

This event is free and open to all.

Superfast Cymru is the largest partnership of its kind in the UK working to give, when combined with commercial roll-out, 96% of premises in Wales access to fast fibre broadband by 2016.

This is a huge undertaking laying 17,500kms of optical fibre cable and installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets across Wales. The sheer size of the programme means it is not possible to plan and roll-out everywhere at the same time.

Following the delivery of Pathfinder activities in four local authority areas, the Welsh Government is leading on an EU bid for a national programme to support businesses across Wales to understand, adopt and most importantly, exploit superfast enabled technologies and business tools. Many stakeholders, including local authorities, business support agencies and the private sector all have a part to play to ensure an economic dividend is realised from the infrastructure investment.

Peter Williams & Michael Groves will provide an overview on the rollout & the superfast exploitation programme.


Peter Gwyn Williams – Technical Relationship Manager, Welsh Government.

Peter spent over 15 years working on key ICT delivery and awareness raising projects in Wales, often playing a hands on role in explaining the benefits of specific subject areas such as Broadband, eBusiness, Mobile Technologies and Digitally Networked Businesses to organisations, businesses and stakeholders.

One such project, was the “ADSL Strand 6 Project” that delivered 1st generation Broadband to 10 key towns in Rural Wales between 2000-2002.

Peter, a qualified Information Security Specialist, also played a key role within the eCrime Wales team assisting Welsh Businesses and communities in preventing eCrime, and influencing many organisations to adopt eCrime prevention policies and strategies.

In 2009, Peter initiated the all Wales cyber situational awareness study with Glamorgan University, a UK first trial which recorded and highlighted attempted cyber intrusions from various countries in to Welsh Businesses.

In 2013, Peter moved to the ICT Infrastructure Department of the Welsh Government, supporting and leading ICT Infrastructure Developments in the Local Growth and Enterprise Zones, these include the Superfast Cymru Programme, Mobile Infrastructure Project, village and town WiFi Projects.

A fluent Welsh speaker originally from North Wales, Peter is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Cymru and other media channels.

Michael Groves – Welsh Government

Having spent nearly ten years in the private sector based in the south east of the UK working in project management working with various industries including the banking and technology sectors, Michael returned to Wales in 2002.

Since then, Michael has developed and delivered Government and European Commission funded programmes that have focussed on supporting Welsh businesses to exploit ICT. Key to their success, many of these worked hand in glove with the Welsh ICT sector community, helping to bridge the gap between the demands of broader businesses and the expertise of ICT professionals whilst supporting businesses investment in technologies.

Michael is now responsible for the delivery of a programme to support the Welsh business stock understand, adopt and exploit the technologies that superfast broadband makes available. The objective being to ensure that businesses and the Welsh economy as a whole realises an economic dividend from the infrastructure investment.

Michael is a qualified Prince II and MSP practitioner and has a broad experience in technologies that support business operations.

Quantum Computing for Computer Scientists

Dr Daniel Burgarth

We are pleased to invite Dr Daniel Burgarth to talk to our next meeting on Wednesday 15th April. Daniel will be talking about Quantum Computing for Computer Scientists.

The talk will start at 6pm in A12, Hugh Owen Building, Aberystwyth University. There will be drinks and food available from 5.30pm. A map shows the location of A12 on campus.

Quantum Computing has been in the news regularly for the last couple of decades. Usually weird and wonderful quantum effects are described, and their counter-intuitive nature emphasised. This talk aims at a more down-to-earth approach: what are the aspects of quantum computing which can be understood without a degree in quantum physics? If we could build such a device, which impact would it have on our IT landscape and more broadly technology? And will we ever actually build them, or are they just a sophisticated scam?

Dr Burgarth works in the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (IMPACS) at Aberystwyth University. His research interests include Materials Physics and Quantum Structures, Information and Control. Further information is available at the IMPACS site.

The event is free and open to all. Please do pass on the details to anyone who might be interested.

A recording of the presentation is available at: Minor technical matter means that the first few minutes of the talk are missing. You can adjust the audio volume using the control under the area where the slides are shown.

Secure Coding

We are pleased to invite Dr Fred Long to talk about Secure Coding. This will be at 6pm on Monday 9th March, in A14, Hugh Owen Building, Aberystwyth University. Refreshments from 5.30pm and the talk will start at 6pm.


In an attempt to try to reduce the number of security vulnerabilities in code, the CERT Coordination Center in the USA set up the Secure Coding Initiative to develop coding standards for commonly used programming languages such as C, C++, Java, and Perl. Fred will talk about the Secure Coding Initiative and describe some of the rules from the CERT C Coding Standard and the CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java.


Fred Long is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. He is also a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. For the last ten years, Fred has worked with the Secure Coding Initiative at the SEI on the development of secure coding rules and recommendations for the C and Java programming languages.


The event is free and open to all. Please fill in the short registration form to help us plan the refreshments. The form is at:

Session Recording

The session was recorded and it is available for you to view.

Show and Tell – 20th February 2015

BCS Mid-Wales, Aberystwyth University’s Department of Computer Science and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are holding a Show and Tell event at 6pm on Friday February 20th in the Parry Williams Building, Penglais Campus: map.

A free tech-related event where you can show off your latest creations, in-progress projects or new toys. Tell us about your half-baked ideas, great experiences and favourite new website.

Working on a new mobile app? Have an idea for a hazard sensing robot? Built something epic in Minecraft? If you’re playing with technology, we’d love to hear about it. Hobbyists, professionals and researchers alike.

There will be free refreshments (beer and pizza).

You can see images and video from past events here:

Further info at: Eventbrite page.

We hope to stream this live on YouTube.

Health data, what could possibly go wrong?

On Thursday 27th November, Paul Cunningham, from the Welsh Audit Office will be talking about ‘Health data, what could possibly go wrong?’ This will start at 6pm, with refreshments at 5.30pm. The event will be held at Aberystwyth University, in A14 Hugh Owen Building.

map showing the venue is available.

In 2012, Paul’s team in the WAO undertook a review of data quality in NHS Organisations in Wales, including an analysis of data from every Welsh Patient Admin and Radiology systems.  This was the first time such an analysis have been completed and the findings were very interesting, some as expected and some not.  In tonight’s talk, Paul will share with you the anonymized findings of the data analysis and discuss some of the implications.  You will also learn a little about the work of the Wales Audit Office and the Auditor General for Wales.

Paul Cunningham is the Wales Audit Office’s IM&T Audit Manager and has many years’ experience working across all sectors of the WAO’s business, including NHS, local and national government clients, leading on many projects covering financial opinion, counter-fraud, computer forensics and value for money. He has also conducted reviews looking at the control environment around user access, network security, business continuity and availability. He has lectured extensively in IT, computer science and business studies as well as providing consultancy for private industry. Paul has a BSc in mathematical studies and an MSc in computer science. He is a PRINCE 2 practitioner and has the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) foundation qualification.  Paul leads the delivery and development of the WAO’s Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (using IDEA) and has a particular interest in forensic computer analysis. He is married, with three children and two granddaughters, and lives in the Rhondda Valley.

The event is free and open to all.

Live Stream
There will be a live stream of the event, which you can access at: This will also be available for a period of time after the event.

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All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management

Brendan D’Cruz will be speaking at Aberystwyth University on Thursday 13th November, speaking about ‘All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management.’  This will be in A14 in the Hugh Owen building at 6pm. There will be refreshments from 5.30pm.

map showing the venue is available.

Alistair Godbold stated in an article entitled ‘Are You an Ethically Mature Project Manager?’ (APM Blog, July 2014) - “As our projects become more complicated and complex, and our activities span many countries and cultures through the supply chain or during roll out, the potential for conflict and differences on ethical views increases. The range of stakeholders we deal with is becoming wider; project initiators, investors, policy makers, sponsors, project leaders, members of project teams — all of whom are likely to face a broad range of issues. In many instances the managerial problems we used to face as technical challenges now often have an ethical dimension requiring reflection on individual or communal values. There is also the increasing importance of the long-term reputation of the business to consider which is becoming increasingly important.”

 This interactive session will explore how the issues of ethics, professionalism and compliance are being dealt with by professional bodies, and what this means for individuals operating ‘at the front’ when delivering projects, programmes and business solutions. In particular, the session will consider:

  • Codes of conduct – do they really mean anything?
  • Competence standards – are they appropriate, and how can you evidence them?
  • Project corruption – what is it and why does it matter?
  • Professional behaviours – what are they, and how can they be enhanced?

A series of ‘ethical dilemmas’ will be presented to participants during the session, and there may be occasional context and imagery derived from the First World War.

Dr. Brendan D’Cruz is an Independent Consultant and currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Wales. He is Chief Examiner and Chair of the Examination Technical Assurance Group at APM. He is also a Verifier and Assessor for the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) designation, having been the Lead Verifier from inception up to July 2014. He was formerly on the BCS Project Management Specialist Group (PROMS-G) committee as Event Development Manager and Regional Coordinator for Wales, and has contributed articles and views to Project Manager Today, Project Magazine, and the Project Eye blog. He is currently writing a book and supporting articles on ‘Project Corruption’.

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Security in the cloud

Robert Clark, Security Architect at HP Cloud

Cloud isn’t a buzzword – it’s a direct application of a series of incremental technologies to deliver a centralized, democratized and federated form of IT. In this talk Robert will walk the audience through a brief tour of Infrastructure as a Service style clouds, the inherent risks, advantages and challenges involved in leveraging cloud technology securely. In some places existing technologies have been adapted for cloud security, in some completely new ones have been created. This talk aims to engage the audience in a discussion around cloud security principles and best practice.

Robert is the lead security architect for HP Cloud and an HP Distinguished Technologist. He received his Masters degree in software engineering from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where his later work focussed on cyber security and covert data exfiltration techniques. After a stint at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) working with high performance computers he started a career in the UK intelligence community, pursuing various cyber and information assurance roles before joining HP.

We start at 6.00pm in C22 lecture theatre in the Hugh Owen building. There will be refreshments outside C22 from 5.30.

The event is free and all are welcome.


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