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The Health IT response to COVID-19

Date Wednesday 29 Apr 2020
Time 18:30 - Free admission
Speaker

Dr Steve Baguley FRCP, MSc Clinical Director of eHealth for NHS Grampian a Clinical Lead for the NES Digital Service Consultant Sexual Health & HIV Physician

About the speaker

Steve is a consultant in Sexual Health & HIV, Clinical Director of eHealth for NHS Grampian and a Clinical Lead for the NES Digital Service. He trained in Medicine and Cell Biology in Glasgow and worked in England and Australia before arriving in Aberdeen in 2003. Steve gained an MSc in Healthcare Informatics in 2008 and a PG Dip in Digital Health Leadership in 2019.

He is lead author of NHS Grampian’s Digital Health & Care Strategy. In the NES Digital Service he is helping to build the National Digital Platform - as trailed in Scotland’s Digital Health & Care Strategy. He is currently involved in NHS Grampian’s digital response to the coronavirus pandemic and has been supporting and observing developments taking place elsewhere in the country.

Location Online - GoToMeeting
Abstract

Join us for a talk from Dr Steve Baguley on the Health IT response to COVID-19 in Scotland.

This topical discussion on current events will focus on what technologies are making a difference in Scotland during this unprecedented global pandemic.

Please ensure you have GotoWebinar installed on your laptop or smartphone prior to the event.

Registration

Register for the event using EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-the-health-it-response-to-covid-19-in-scotland-aberdeen-branch-registration-103141161992

See Video: GoToWebinar Recording (requires registration)

BCS meeting with Codebase on Azure

Date Monday 16 Mar 2020
Time 18:00 - Free admission
Speaker

Sarah Lean (Microsoft)

Location Online
Abstract

BCS Aberdeen are pleased to host our first online event this year, on the topic of Azure.

We have some fantastic content lined up, with Sarah Lean (@TechieLass) from Glasgow. Sarah is a Cloud Advocate for Microsoft and has over 14 years of experience within IT, covering areas such as support, infrastructure and migrations. Sarah will be presenting an Azure 101 style event targeted towards the wide audience of BCS, which is sure to be enlightening to us all.

The event will be conducted online only at http://aka.ms/BCSAzure. Sarah will be presenting live, and she will be able to answer all of your questions as with any usual presentation.

Registration

Register for the event using EventBrite: https://bcsaber160320.eventbrite.co.uk/

See Video: https://youtu.be/zp3aNC_4ozg

Challenges and Cyber Security aspects of 5G technology

Date Wednesday 13 Nov 2019
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

John Allan - Telecoms expert from Always Contactable Ltd.

Dale Sutherland - Security expert from Aberdeen Cyber Security Ltd.

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

Dale decided to set-up Aberdeen Cyber Security after working as a highly regarded and talented computing and cyber security lecturer at one of the largest further education colleges in Scotland. Dale is a qualified lecturer after undertaking his teaching qualification through the University of Aberdeen. He also holds a BSc Honours degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Cyber Security provides IT support, cyber security services, managed services, cloud solutions and educational sessions besides many other professional services.

The talk will be split into two sections. The first from John regarding 5G for mobiles, IoT etc and the second from Dale on Cyber Security, Government Cyber Standards and protecting mobile devices.

Registration

Register for the event using EventBrite: https://bcsaber131119.eventbrite.co.uk/


Decoding mental imagery from electroencephalography (EEG) with Brain-Computer Interface Technology

Date Wednesday 09 Oct 2019
Time 17:00 - for a 17:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Professor Damien Coyle

About the speaker

Damien Coyle, Professor of Neurotechnology, is currently Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre and Research Director in the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University. He has published research papers in areas such as computational intelligence/AI, bio-signal processing, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, neurotechnology and brain-computer interface (BCI) applications and has won a number of prestigious international awards for his research including the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Young Investigator of the Year Award.

Professor Coyle is also CEO of NeuroCONCISE Ltd, the Ulster University spinout company he founded in 2016 to build wearable, AI-enabled neurotechnology that non-invasively measures and translates brainwaves into control signals to enable people to interact with technology and communicate without moving. In 2018 NeuroCONCISE Ltd was winner of the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year Award.

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

Research in the field of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and neurotechnology has proven that electrical signals in the brain, modulated intentionally by mental imagery, can relay information directly to a computer, where it is translated by intelligent algorithms (some inspired by the brain’s neural networks) into control signals that enable communication and control without movement. This talk will show that people with restricted abilities resulting from disease or injury may benefit from this technology, for example, those who have prolonged disorders of consciousness or locked-in syndrome following traumatic brain injury.

Neural activity can be modulated by many kinds of mental imagery e.g.: classical motor imagery BCIs distinguish between imagined hand/arm movements. This presentation will show recent results in decoding imagined three-dimensional limb movements, imagined primitive shapes, emotion inducing imagery and silent speech from EEG. The presentation will attempt to address the question is it feasible to expect high and robust performance with these types of imagery in EEG-based BCIs and will highlight results which indicate user proficiency in BCI control is a matter of training time, machine learning/AI ability, and application of the technology.

Training over multiple sessions is certainly key to learning how to modulate brain activity via a motor imagery and this involves the collection of large dataset from multiple users. An AI-enabled wearable neurotechnology and cloud technologies platform that can enable this and is capable of streaming, storing, visualising and analysing big brain data in real-time from multiple parallel users from any location will also be described in this talk.


BCS Aberdeen AGM 2019 followed by a talk on "Bots, Burnout and Blame"

Date Wednesday 11 Sep 2019
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Martin Bellringer (Meaningbit LTD)

Location Room N204, 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. We have had a number of retirals and 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. We are especially keen to recruit a YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, recently started working in IT.

Following our short AGM, Peter Gray will introduce extracts from the "Bots, Burnout and Blame" talk given to the Edinburgh branch by Martin Bellringer, using them as discussion starters.