Developments in Robotics and Vision at Aberystwyth

We are pleased to co-host an event with the Department of Computer at Aberystwyth University on Monday 21st June at 6.30pm.

This session will see a series of short talks giving an overview of the latest research and development in robotics and computer vision at Aberystwyth. This covers research topics ranging from home, land, sea, air and space robotics. The talks will be followed by a panel with the opportunity to ask questions to the researchers involved.

We will be joined by the following researchers: Dr Fred Labrosse, Dr Helen Miles, Dr Colin Sauze, Dr Patricia Shaw and Dr Myra Wilson.

The session is on Zoom. It is free and open to everyone.

To register for the event, please go to the Eventbrite page and book your free space.

The waiting room on Zoom will start at 6.15 and the talks will start at 6.30pm.

The talk is hosted with the Department of Computer Science as part of its week of events for UK Robotics Week 2021.

Speaker biographies

Speaker: Dr Fred Labrosse: Fred is a senior lecturer in Computer Science, his research concerns Robotics and Computer Vision, and in particular the interface between the two fields, working on the use of visual sensors and visual navigation methods. He is also interested in the practical applications of robotics, collaborating with many customers who need sensors in remote and dangerous places.

Speaker: Dr Helen Miles: Helen is a lecturer in Computer Science and a researches graphics and visualisation, and she has recently been applying this to work on the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars mission to help scientists and engineers plan for how to use the PanCam remote sensing instrument on the rover.

Speaker: Dr Colin Sauze: Colin is a research software engineer working on the Supercomputing Wales project, where he helps to solve “big data” and machine learning problems. He previously worked on autonomous boats for oceanographic sensing and surveying glaciers.

Speaker: Dr Patricia Shaw: Patricia is a lecturer in Computer Science and researches how to develop robots that can learn in the same way children do. She is also interested in how robots can work alongside people both as companions and assisting independent living for those with severe disabilities.

Speaker: Dr Myra Wilson: Myra is a lecturer in Computer Science. Her research interests include evolutionary robotics, ad-hoc networks, and biologically inspired robotics. She has worked on projects investigating how control systems can be evolved to improve UAV placement for ground based communications over large areas.

Do no harm?

We are pleased to welcome Lucy Hunt to lead an interactive session exploring potential whistleblowing situations in recent media stories & presents findings from her latest research.

This is on Tuesday 20th April, starting at 6.30pm. This free event is online and open to everyone.

Synopsis

On discovering that your team or organisation is creating harmful software what would you do?

The ACM Code of Ethics states that “a computing professional has the obligation to report any signs of systems risks that may result in harm” and that “if leaders do not act […] it may be necessary to blow the whistle”.

This interactive session will explore potential whistleblowing situations in recent media stories and present the findings from my latest research.

To sign-up, visit the Eventbrite page: https://20april2021midwalesbranch.eventbrite.co.uk

The session is on Zoom. The link will be shared to registered attendees closer to the time of the event.

Biography

Lucy is a PhD student at Lancaster University, researching whistleblowing in software engineering.

She worked as a software engineer, IT consultant and business analyst for over 20 years before completing a cyber-security masters and starting her PhD in 2018.

5G & The Future Mobile Network

On Monday 23rd November, we are pleased to welcome Tim Curry, Principal Network Architect at BT, to talk about “5G & The Future Mobile Network”. This event is jointly organised by BCS Mid-Wales and BCS South-Wales branches.

5G has been in the news a lot recently, but what is it all about? Do we need another “G” (Generation) of mobile technology? Is it safe? Is it true that 5G will enable Augmented Reality, Remote Surgery, Factory Automation and Self-Driving Cars? What is the engineering and commercial reality behind current UK deployments of 5G and what can we expect in the future?

The event is online. Sign up for your free place at the event using Eventbrite.

AGENDA
18:15 – Online session starts
18:30 – Talk starts
19:30 – Q&A
20:00 – Close

The event is free to attend and open to everyone.

Speaker Biography

Tom Curry is a Principal Network Architect at BT. Tom was the lead architect for BT’s 5G Launch in 2019 and has also worked on many other projects at BT including:

  • Integration of the BT Fixed & EE Mobile Networks
  • BT’s Network Cloud (Private Cloud) & Mobile Cloud Core (4G/5G Cloud-Native Core)
  • BT’s 4G Assure (2019 ISPA Award)
  • BT 4G Femto (prior to acquisition of EE by BT in 2016)

Before joining BT, Tom worked at Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia, Cable & Wireless and Metaswitch.

AGM 2020 and ‘IT and the fight against Covid-19’

The AGM is on Monday 19th October 2020. The formal notice was sent out to members at the start of October.

We are pleased to announce the speakers for the session that follows the AGM. The theme of the sessions is “IT and the fight against Covid-19.”

The AGM starts at 18:30. The talks will start at 19:00. All of the session will be on GoToWebinar.

We have four separate sessions and there will be time for Q & A at the end.

The speakers and talk titles are:

Rebecca Cook and Gareth John from NHS Wales Informatics Service – Title: COVID-19: The data behind the Welsh pandemic response

Chris Williams from Public Health Wales – Title: Handling Covid-19 data

Nick Dimonaco from Aberystwyth University – Title: CoronaHack: Computing vs Coronavirus

Addy Pope – ESRI UK – Title: GIS and Covid – data, information, knowledge and resilience

To register to join this online event, please go to the Eventbrite link and sign-up.  

The event is free and open to everyone.  We are looking forward to what promises to be an interesting session.

We have a two talk descriptions available at this time.

Addy Pope: GIS and Covid – data, information, knowledge and resilience

2020 has not been a normal year. Things that seemed certain became uncertain. Things we took for granted were suddenly inaccessible. The science of where and spatial data has never been so important.  In this talk we will show you how GIS has been central in the fight to understand and mitigate the impacts of COVID.  From public health dashboards to cutting edge research, ESRI has been supporting its customers provide information and answers through rigorous analysis of data.

Nick Dimonaco: CoronaHack: Computing vs Coronavirus

CoronaHack, an event where over 1,000 Health experts, Data scientists, economists, clinicians and researchers from all over the world came together to find new ways to combat SARS-CoV-2 on many different fronts. As part of a team which focused on the genomics of the virus, identifying mutational changes which may have enabled the virus to jump host-species to human, I will discuss how new technologies both helped and hindered our progress during and after the 5 day event.

LoRaWAN, what is it, and who’s using it in Wales

For our first event after the summer, we are pleased to welcome Peter Williams from Welsh Government. He will be talking about “LoRaWAN, what is it, and who’s using it in Wales”. This is on Monday 28th September at 6.15pm.

The session will look at LoRaWAN and the role it can play in the Internet of Things (IoT). As a technology for connecting lots of devices to the IoT, LoRaWAN offers the ability to get useful and more timely data. It has applications in areas from farming to industrial manufacture and transport. 

To sign up to receive the webinar link, go to the event page on Eventbrite.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Biography: Peter Williams

Peter has spent over 20 years working on key Digital delivery and awareness raising projects in Wales, often playing a hands on role in explaining the benefits to organisations, businesses and stakeholders.

In 2013, Peter moved to the Digital Infrastructure Department within the Welsh Government, supporting and leading Digital Infrastructure Developments in the Local Growth and Enterprise Zones, these include the Superfast Cymru Programme, Mobile Infrastructure Project, village and town WiFi Projects, and more recently has led or initiated LoRaWAN pilots and trials.

A fluent Welsh speaker originally from North Wales, and a former farm worker during his teenage years, Peter is convinced some of the best ideas for LoRaWAN will come from farmers, referencing Frank Rennie’s book – 101 uses for Baler Twine.

Programming Contest

We are pleased to announce the first online BCS Mid-Wales Programming Contest. This is open to BCS Mid-Wales members, university students, and other interested parties.

When: This will be held 11am – 3 pm, Saturday June 13th 2020 

Where: Entirely online

What: This is a timed event where participants solve puzzle like problems through coding. We will have a set of problems so that teams can solve several in the time allowed, and will enable submissions in a large number of different programming languages.

There will be small prizes in all categories (student, student team, non-student and non-student team). Teams can be up to 3 people.

For more information and sign-up details, see: https://forms.gle/CRzEcCyVz8yjJ1LT6