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Our Decentralised Future: Are Blockchains The Answer?

Date Tuesday 27 Feb 2018
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free to BCS members and students, refreshments available
Speaker

Dug Campbell, MaidSafe

About the speaker

Dug is Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for MaidSafe (https://maidsafe.net/). He set up the Scottish Bitcoin Conference; ran the first Ethereum Meetups in Scotland; and gave a well-received TEDx talk on Bitcoin in 2014.

Dug started as a lawyer for over a decade working with entrepreneurs and VC's, before he became an independent digital strategy consultant after picking up an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Founded in 2006 by David Irvine, MaidSafe are building the world's first autonomous data network - a new, decentralised internet, powered by its own cryptographic token (Safecoin). If you'd like to learn more, please join a highly engaged community of thousands building new apps and discussing the future on the Forum (https://safenetforum.org/).

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Location Room N309, RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Bus numbers 1 or 2, car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

The word 'blockchain' has undoubtedly been the biggest buzz word in the IT industry for the past 18 months. But is this newfound popularity being driven by cryptocurrency speculation alone? Or does the ubiquity of 'The B Word' represent a growing belief that we're witnessing a paradigm shift across society towards a more decentralised future? In this talk, Dug will give a snapshot of the blockchain and his thoughts on how the demands of our society will affect how the technology may evolve over the coming years.


Cyber security, situational crime prevention, and the problem of the motivated offender

Date Tuesday 06 Mar 2018
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free to BCS members and students, refreshments available
Speaker

Dr Richard Jones

About the speaker

Dr Richard Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in the areas of surveillance, security, cybercrime, policing and criminal justice. He is currently involved in a project researching illicit cryptomarkets.

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Location Room N204, RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Bus numbers 1 or 2, car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

'Situational crime prevention' (SCP) is one of the leading approaches in real-world crime prevention today. SCP contends that crime can be reduced by introducing measures such as 'increasing the effort' required to commit a crime. SCP may be applicable not only to real-world crime but also to cybercrime prevention, and various measures it proposes reflect aspects of existing cyber security. It is argued that SCP may therefore be helpful in informing the development of future cyber-security. Conversely, however, it will also be argued that certain kinds of cyber attack and cyber-attacker draw our attention back to well-known but currently under-theorised limitations of SCP including the problem of the motivated offender.


Open-access Digital Manufacturing in Aberdeen

Date Wednesday 24 Jan 2018
Time 18:00 - 20:00
Free admission
Speaker

Ben Durack, Make Aberdeen
Gavin Bain, Celtic3d

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Location Make Aberdeen, 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR.
There is no onsite parking. Nearby public parking is available at the Trinity Centre, Harriet Street or Gallowgate. Note that there are still traffic restrictions on Broad Street around Marischal Square.
Abstract

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2018!
To kick things off for 2018, BCS has teamed up with Make Aberdeen and would like to invite you to an evening exploring open access digital manufacturing.

The evening will be hosted by Ben Durack, the Manager of Make Aberdeen who will take us through the making of an arcade console using the digital manufacturing facilities at Make and powered by a Raspberry Pi. The arcade machine uses a range of digital manufacturing techniques. From the initial design, through to laser cutting panels, using a high-end contact media printer to apply surface designs to the use of a pc monitor and input buttons and joystick connected to a Raspberry Pi providing the internal workings. The arcade machine showcases many of the open-access digital manufacturing capabilities available right here in Aberdeen.

Ben and Gavin Bain of Celtic3d will also present a collaborative project for the European Offshore Wind Farm Deployment centre that aims to increase public engagement by combining a web-form with open-source software and Python scripts with Make’s 3d printing capability to manufacture thousands of individually customised avatars.

Make Aberdeen is jointly funded and operated by Aberdeen City Council and RGU. Unfortunately, it was announced in December that the facility will have to close in March 2018 while new premises are sought. Given this development, it is timely that we take a look at the sort of facilities offered by Make and its contribution to the local economy and digital development of the city. There are several initiatives ongoing to see how these types of facilities can be restored (and even expanded) as soon as possible.

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Practical Applications of Raspberry-Pi

Date Wednesday 06 Dec 2017
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free to BCS members and students, refreshments available
Speaker

Prof. Jim Hunter and Nicholas Runcie

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Location Room N342, RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Bus numbers 1 or 2, car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

The Raspberry-Pi computer is small, affordable and remarkably powerful. We discuss various practical applications, and the approaches to programming it and downloading software. Jim Hunter describes his experiences in building a web server. Nicholas will describe other applications and give a demo. We want this to be a forum for members to share their experience and insights into the strengths and weaknesses of this remarkable little computer.


BIM: Constructing the Digital Future

Date Thursday 16 Nov 2017
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission, refreshments available
Speaker

Dr. Stuart Chalmers, Director of Digital, BRE (The Building Research Establishment)

About the speaker

Previously he worked for several years for RIBA as a Research Officer in the BIM area, and was the RIBA representative on the Construction Project Information Committee (CPI). Stuart has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aberdeen.

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Location Room N309, RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

The UK construction industry is undergoing a digital revolution, and Building Information Modelling (BIM), the processes and technologies involved in creating and managing data across the lifecycle of a construction project, is at the heart of this.

The UK Government has a key objective of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%, and central to this is the adoption of BIM technologies.

This talk will introduce the concept of BIM, describe the key problems BIM is trying to solve, the drivers for this digital revolution, and the initiatives underway in the UK and Internationally. It will explain some of the key technologies and principles, and how data and information modelling plays a critical part in this.

We will also look to the future of BIM and beyond, introducing the UK government's "Digital Built Britain" initiative to integrate BIM into smart cities, cyber and physical security and sensors through the Internet of Things.


BCS Aberdeen AGM 2017 followed by a talk on Robotic Technology Enabling Healthcare in Scotland

Date Wednesday 20 Sep 2017
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Dr Katie Maclure

About the speaker

Dr Katie Maclure is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer with the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University. A former lecturer in computing, Dr MacLure's general research interests are in the areas of ehealth, digital literacy, pharmacy practice and research methods. Katie is a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS; Education Liaison Officer, Aberdeen branch), Pharmaceutical Scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (SRPharmS), registered with the Association of Internet Researchers and member of the Digital Health Institute.

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Location Room N310, RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our AGM is an important opportunity to influence plans for future talks and events and also to JOIN THE COMMITTEE. As usual, we are particularly keen to recruit new members from an industrial background. If you wish to join us please COME EARLY and make yourself known to Jon Tyler, Norman Bain or Peter Gray during the coffee period from 6 pm.


ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY ENABLING HEALTHCARE IN SCOTLAND

Ubiquitous technology underpins healthcare in Scotland. Increasingly robotics is being adopted for medicines management, surgical procedures, hospital logistics and even care of the elderly in their own homes. How far can we or should we go in removing the human touch?

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