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Past events

Here are the 5 most recent events, if you wish to see any older events please choose a year from the menu on the right.

Information Management - much more than managing the computer-based systems

Wed 4th Jul 2018, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), KG03 Lecture Theatre (Kimmeridge House)

Several 'fashions' started a few years ago and swept the ICT corporate world: appointing a CIO; starting on an information architecture, then an enterprise architecture; migrating databases to relational; introducing agile development …

This presentation challenges these 'fashions' based on some key points:

  • The information needs of the enterprise are far too extensive to be handled by its computerized systems alone.
  • Information technology encompasses much more than computers and networks.
  • A major weakness of enterprise organization is the failure to assign responsibility for managing overall information and knowledge assets independently of the technology. …

More information is available here.

It Started in a Pub: A technical talk and tour at Ringwood Brewery

Thu 28th Jun 2018, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Ringwood Brewery, 138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AP ,

Marston's PLC are the largest brewer of ale in Europe, owning and brewing over 70 of the most popular brands of ale in the UK today at 7 different breweries.

To ensure that the £1bn plus PLC operates to its maximum it is supported by an enormous network of systems and infrastructure. The PLC created a fully licensed telecoms business in 2008 to provide telecoms and data services to the group. Marston's telecoms today operates a dark fibre ring around its 4 data centres, manages over 700 ethernet circuits, several thousand broadband circuits, an MPLS core, hosted voice, 80gb of external transit, multiple NNI direct feeds from the UK largest other network providers and now sells those services beyond the group.

More information is available here.

Social Media & the Spread of Fake News

Wed 18th Oct 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Inspire Lecture Theatre (first floor of the Fusion Building)

Synopsis

Post-truth is the Oxford Dictionary word of 2016, inextricably associated with recent elections in the UK and US. These same events also introduced the notion of fake news into public consciousness. Dr Lilleker's talk will define the variants that constitute fake news while also outlining how the architecture of social media, as well as the patterns of user behaviour, can lead to increased exposure to the sort of content that is associated with the post-truth era. In particular discussion will focus on the dangerous combination of user created filter bubbles and echo chambers which align with platform algorithms designed to deliver relevant content, all of which can lead to the formation and reinforcement of erroneous beliefs that can have significant social and political impact. The talk will move on to discuss the role media education can play in combatting the spread of fake news as well as the responsibility of social media platform owners in ensuring the content users are exposed to has at a minimum a health warning attached.

More information is available here.

AGM followed by a talk on User Experience

Wed 20th Sep 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Create Lecture Theatre (in the Fusion Building)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since last year's AGM. It's also an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of the branch for the coming year. There will be elections for the branch committee and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Note as with the rest of the evening it is open to both BCS members and non-members. As always this event is free of charge.

In our usual format, the evening will include a buffet and will end with a talk. The talk will be on User Experience by Ru Butler, User Experience Consultant at Redweb.

More information is available here.

Modern Creative Technologies and Their Applications in VR Based Laparoscopic Surgery Simulation

Tue 25th Jul 2017, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Kimmeridge House, Room K103

Organised by the BCS Animation and Games Development SG, and Bournemouth University

Synopsis

With the development of computer graphic and haptic devices, training surgeons with virtual reality technology has proven to be very effective in surgery simulation. Due to the various unsolved technical issues, the laparoscopic surgery simulation has not been widely used. Such issues include modelling of complex anatomy structure, large soft tissue deformation, frequent surgical tools interactions, and the rendering of complex material under the illumination. A successful laparoscopic surgery simulator should integrate all these required components in a balanced and efficient manner to achieve both visual/haptic quality and a satisfactory refreshing rate. In this talk, we propose an efficient framework integrating a set of specially tailored and designed techniques, ranging from deformation simulation, collision detection, soft tissue dissection and rendering. This framework can be used as a low level engine for surgery simulation by integrating and optimizing modern creative technologies.

More information is available here.

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