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The Multicore Challenge

14/09/2010 - 00:00
14/09/2010 - 13:00

Hard Real-Time Parallel Software Development

UWE Bristol Exhibition & Conference Centre, BS16 1QY

Jointly with Silicon South West

Registration & Coffee from 9.00am
Presentations from 9.30am to 1.00pm
Followed by lunch & networking

Developing embedded systems with multiple processor cores is increasingly popular but faces very real hurdles to get performance and power advantages from sequential software. This seminar brings together leading multicore hardware experts and software providers with users to tackle the challenges of developing multicore embedded systems.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof David May, University of Bristol, CTO and founder, XMOS Semiconductor
  • James Gambrell, CEO, Atego
  • Jos van Eijndhoven, CTO, Vector Fabrics
  • Daniel Thompson, Senior software engineer, STMicroelectronics
  • Simon Brewerton, Principal Engineer, Automotive Systems, Infineon
  • Andy Sturges, Quince Systems
  • Stephen Bissell, Aerospace sector representative
  • Kyriakos Georgiou, University of Bristol on research performed at XMOS

Chair: Mike Bartley, Founder of TVS

Delegate places are just £10 (including coffee & lunch) Register Here

It's not all about the technology

11/05/2010 - 19:00
11/05/2010 - 21:00

Speaker: Danny Williams

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

The importance of developing non-technical skills

Have you ever been to a meeting which didn't achieve the stated goals?

Have you ever been unable to influence someone's thinking?

As IT professionals, people expect far more from us than pure technical skill. The purpose of this talk is to open the audience's eyes to the nature of the changes IT professionals enable within organisations, and how to make everyone's lives easier.

Danny Williams is a Systems Architect with IBM UK. His expertise includes infrastructure architecture, IT service management process development and infrastructure testing. Danny has led the delivery of many complex IT infrastructure transformations to deliver cost reductions and service improvements for a wide variety of customers.
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European Healthgrids: A glimpse of the future?

20/04/2010 - 19:00
20/04/2010 - 21:00

Speaker: Tony Solomonides

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Following a number of grid projects for health and biomedical research, Tony Solomonides led the development of the integrated road map for healthgrid research and deployment in the SHARE project. He has since focussed on two open problems in that field: live knowledge management in a healthgrid and automatic privacy and confidentiality negotiation also in a healthgrid. Having set the scene with an outline of projects and the road map, Tony will report on his and his students' work in healthgrids.

Technically, the talk will focus on the interplay between, on one hand, technical and, on the other, ethical, legal, social and economic ('ELSE') aspects of the SHARE roadmap and on the use of ontologies to represent and action different kinds of knowledge in a healthgrid. The two principal examples are (a) interplays between declarative and operational medical knowledge, and (b) automated compliance with ethical and legal frameworks.

Lets go Gaming

23/02/2010 - 19:00
23/02/2010 - 21:00

Speaker: Andy ThomasonAndy Thomason

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Andy Thomason as agreed to come back and give an updated version of his previous talk.

Once the realm of hobbyists, the games industry has become far more serious in recent years and is now bigger than Hollywood.

For a new generation, games have become more than a source of entertainment extending the range of social networks and providing education in a structured environment.

The games industry provides a structured career path for those who wish to make it their life. Artists and programmers, producers and designers are all needed to help create the magic.

This talk will be about the skills required to work in the games industry, and some examples of what we do here in Bristol to support the industry around the world.

Please help us promote this talk, put a poster up in your workplace.

Spam Spam Spam Spam, and How it Means More Viruses

20/01/2010 - 19:00
20/01/2010 - 21:00

Speaker: Martin Lee

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Spam now accounts for almost 90% of all email traffic. The money made from peddling cheap pills on the Internet advertised through spam, is being invested in the development of new strains of malware in order to infect more computers to send more spam and to facilitate further criminal acts. In this presentation, Martin Lee of Symantec, will talk about the current threat environment, how bad guys exploit poor security and what you can do to ensure that you are protected.

Autumn School - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Review

25/11/2009 - 19:00
25/11/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Mike Cartmel

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

Our autumn school on Environmental Awareness for IT Managers ends with some examples of good environmental practice relating to IT projects which have been taken up by or developed at Fujitsu Services. From this we will go on to consider what a PM can do; the resource implications for sustainable IT project management, including practical guidelines for hardware and software selection, procurement and acquisition, effective asset usage, and subsequent disposal. This final session will also give an opportunity to review the previous sessions, allowing participants to reflect on and draw together their conclusions from the range of issues considered by the Autumn School.

Mike is the Senior Marketing Manager for Fujitsu Services with a special brief for Environmental Sustainability.

Autumn School - Sustainability in the IT Project Lifecycle

18/11/2009 - 19:00
18/11/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Simon Geller

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

This is the third lecture in our autumn school on Environmental Awareness for IT Managers.

This session will consider how the project lifecycle will be impacted by environmental issues, and offer practical guidelines for IT project managers to ensure that sustainability issues are considered during the planning and design stages of any IT project, and carefully monitored during project implementation.

The Programme and Project Unit (PPU) is a small unit within the Department of Corporate Information and Computing Services (CICS) at the University of Sheffield. They operate a matrix model, so staff are pulled out of Business as Usual activities when the need arises. They have three specialist Project Managers in the team, and potential project managers throughout the department are trained to APM-IC level as a minimum. They offer one-to-one support, for a discussion and mentoring for all their PM's in addition to a range of training and guidance materials.

Simon Geller is a Senior Project Manager at the University of Sheffield. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, and worked in the travel industry for ten years during a period when manual paper-based processes were rapidly being replaced with computer systems, and was particularly involved in this changeover.

Autum School - Modeling and Applying Sustainability

11/11/2009 - 19:00
11/11/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Ted Shann

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

The second session of the autumn school on Environmental Awareness for IT Managers will consider practical experience derived from the case study in BT of implementing sustainability and environmental issues in IT project management, including the challenges faced by its organisation. BT is committed to sustainable and responsible business practices, across the three dimensions of environmental, social and economic. In the UK, BT has reduced carbon emissions by nearly 60 per cent from their 1996 levels, with plans to reduce this by a further 20 per cent by 2020; is has also reduced the waste sent to landfill by more than 40,000 tonnes a year, and made significant progress in areas such as ethical trading and workforce diversity. BT now offers consultancy based on its experience and learning, and consider each area of an operation, showing how networked IT Services can make a difference.

Ted is Project Director, Carbon Impact Assessment in BT Global Services Sustainability Practice.