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Past Events - 2010

Digital & Electronics Forensics: Past, Present and Future

Wed 8th Dec, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Cliff Road, Bournemouth

Details of Speaker

The speaker is Mark Stokes MIET, MBCS.

He is head of the newly formed Metropolitan Police Digital & Electronics Forensic Service (DEFS). DEFS undertakes the forensic examination of Computer, Mobile Phone, Video and Audio systems, dealing with over 15,000 cases a year, mostly within Greater London, but also nationally and internationally.

More information is available here.

An overview of the state of the UK games development industry

Wed 17th Nov, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis of Presentation

This will include the current state of affairs, key IP (Intellectual Property) brands, their evolution and their unique importance, opinions from a survey on UK developers and publishers and, finally, future challenges that the domestic sector is facing amidst challenging economic times and competition from abroad.

Speaker - Dr Christos Gatzidis BSc(Hons), MA, PhD, PGCert

Christos is a lecturer in Media Technology at the School Of Design, Engineering And Computing, Bournemouth University. This role includes leading teaching duties on units such as Digital Media And Games, Game Production Techniques 1 & 2, Multimodal Interaction and Programming For Graphics, Animation And Games amongst others. His PhD, is titled Evaluating Non-Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Urban Models in the Context of Mobile Navigation. Christos is also very active in research with a number of refereed publications, memberships in international conference program committees and funded projects such as the EU-funded GameiT, which focuses on providing guidelines for game-based learning pedagogy, attracting 250,000 Euros under the Leonardo Transfer Of Innovation scheme.

More information is available here.

Connectors, connecting and connected? Making a difference

Thu 14th Oct, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Poole House, Room 401

Synopsis of Presentation

The talk will explore the roles people play in networking, the value in being able to make connections between people, projects and sectors, and benefits of keeping in touch and connected with knowledge bases.

Your take away points from the evening will be an understanding of why you should never leave your knowledge behind, that by changing sectors or jobs you add value to your new role in ways you may never have thought of. You will leave feeling more confident about making use of your whole knowledge and experience and be able to use it to manage your career whether you are at the beginning or many years in.

Speaker - Jan Peters PhD FRSA MWES MBCS

Jan Peters has championed women's participation in science and technology since a postgraduate at the University of Southampton. She has undertaken contract research, worked in the private sector and was a knowledge transfer specialist for one of the UK Research Councils. She ran the SET for Women Unit in the UK government in 1999, and was a founding member of the European Commission's Helsinki Group, as the UK National Expert on women in science. She also worked for the UK national academy of science, the Royal Society before setting up her own consultancy business. Current clients include AEA Technology and the National Oceanography Centre.

Jan has been associated with a number of high profile reports on women in Science Engineering and Technology. Recent work includes programme lead for the British Computer Society UK women in IT. Managing career breaks and talent management and guidebooks are now available on the BCS website

More information is available here.

AGM followed by Perspectives on Cloud Computing

Wed 15th Sep, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Bryanston Suite

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since the 2009 AGM. And it's also an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of the branch for the coming year. It is open to both BCS members and non-members.

In our usual format, the evening will include a buffet and will end with a presentation on Cloud Computing by Stuart McRae from the IBM Software Group.

Today, everyone is talking about "Cloud Computing" - but they don't all mean the same thing when they say it. Everyone wants a Cloud solution - but do they understand the implications of the different cloud computing models? Everyone expects Cloud to be simpler and avoid the integration hassles of enterprise software solutions - but is that necessarily so? This presentation will consider "What is Cloud?" from a technology perspective, providing a taxonomy of key deployment models and considering how cloud models will evolve in the future, from a user perspective, describing the different usage models and where the business value of a transition to the cloud might come from, and from a standards perspective, looking at the key issues in deploying interoperable services that can integrate with existing enterprise services and how major open standards initiatives are shaping the future of Computing in the Cloud.

More information is available here.

Create your own programme

Wed 23rd Jun, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Room 401 Poole House

The informal, participative event, Create Your Own Programme on 23rd June, organised by Dorset BCSWomen and Bournemouth University was very informative and enjoyed by all. The university teaching room was ideal, the food, soft drinks and ice bucket brilliant, and everyone contributed to a dynamic programme providing an excellent mix of academic and commercial material.

More information is available here.

Pathology, Quality Management Systems and IT

Thu 27th May, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Purbeck Suite

A brief introduction to quality management and how it impacts upon all aspects of an organisation will be presented. We will then look at the work of a modern pathology laboratory and see how quality is managed in this specialised environment.

Finally we will look at software packages that help quality managers to do their jobs and to apply the principles of quality systems to explore how use and adaptation of quality management software has helped quality managers to drive quality culture in hospital laboratories.

More information is available here.

Not CSI; Just everyday Policing

Tue 27th Apr, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Purbeck Suite

When a Police Officer attends an incident in response to a call from the public, whether it’s for an every day minor offence, a critical armed incident or even a major civil contingency disaster, it is vital he/she is provided with the information necessary to manage that incident.

The investigation into the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman (both aged 10) by Ian Huntley in 2002 (the so called “Soham Murders”) highlighted the need for good intelligence record keeping and information sharing.

This presentation will take quick look at how some of the Police ICT systems support the Police in getting “the right information, to the right person, in the right place, at the right time and the right format” to support everyday policing and illustrate some of the interesting challenges faced. For example, did you know that: some information stored by the Police has to be kept for 100 years by law; much of the data stored cannot be compressed for evidential reasons; and what do you do when you need a generator at a flooded Police headquarters?

More information is available here.

Ada Lovelace Day

Wed 24th Mar, 6:00 for 6:30pm

Solent University, Room HC 029, Herbert Collins Building

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Dorset Branch, BCS Women and Southampton Solent University

Come and hear what a selection of today's commercially-focused ladies are working on in the fields of computing and project management. Find out about their interesting journeys and take the opportunity to ask questions during a panel session after the talks.

More information is available here.

"Question Time" in conjunction with BCS Open Source Group

Wed 17th Mar, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), The Lees Lecture Theatre

In the style of the BBC program "Question Time", join us for an evening of Q & A on Open Source software. Dorset Branch is pleased to welcome the Open Source Group - - for an entertaining evening debating this hot topic. Is Linux the answer to everything? Can Open Source software provide a real viable alternative in the business world?

A panel of "experts" will be available to answer your questions and adjudicating events will be the Dorset Branch Chair, Dr Andrew Main. If you have a question please submit this before the event to The Events Manager although, just like the real programme, we will take some questions on the night.

More information is available here.

Dorset BCSWomen Startup Event

Fri 5th Mar, 3:30 for 4:00pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Costa Coffee

Dorset BCSWomen would like to bring the supportive, encouraging and fun group that is BCSWomen to all women in Dorset working in IT, retired from IT, or preparing for a career in IT - by organising occasional local events aimed at female BCS Members and IT professionals.

We warmly invite you to join us for a coffee and chat 3:30-4:30pm and/or 6-7pm on Friday 5th March at Bournemouth University Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB.

More information is available here.

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at Twynham School

Tue 23rd Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), The Cobham Lecture Theatre

Twynham School is an Outstanding School in Christchurch, Dorset. Over the last three years they have developed a sophisticated Online Learning system based on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. In 2008 they won the prestigious BECTA ICT Excellence Award for Learning Beyond the Classroom. This talk will focus on the extensive development of a Learning Platform to encourage collaboration and engage students, staff and parents. Projects focused on will include Online Reporting to Parents, Academic Mentoring, Online Options and Revision Gateway.

In 2008 Twynham was the sole winner of the Beyond the Classroom BECTA ICT Excellance Award 2008 for their SharePoint work on Parental engagement. Many articles have been written about their SharePoint deployment with case studies and architecture models appearing on the Microsoft websites worldwide. Dave and Mike are also regular speakers on their SharePoint achievements including on the Microsoft stand at BETT, and most recently presenting to the Microsoft SharePoint product group and education team at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.

More information is available here.

Privacy / Memory

Tue 26th Jan, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), The Cobham Lecture Theatre

On memory, I've been looking into the increase in the use of technology to store records, photographs, videos, blogs, facebook, twitter etc etc etc. The result is in effect a huge outsourcing of memory, analogous to the changes in society and personal psychology that followed the coming of writing and the development of a literate society. I don't think we've really thought very deeply about the social changes that we might expect when we will be leaving these enormous and semi-permanent footprints behind us.

At Southampton University we are beginning some experiments with students developing devices for recording our daily lives, based on Microsoft's Sensecam, which I should be able to report on.

I blogged about this a while ago at, to give a sense of what we are saying.

Re privacy, I've been looking at various issues to do with the invasion of our privacy by technology, as recorded in such terms as the 'database state' or the 'surveillance society'. I wrote a book about this last year, and to get a flavour you can download a chapter from I tried to work out the balance between unwarranted storing and use of information, and the great value that can be achieved by collecting and analysing data, so that we don't throw the scientific baby out with the political bathwater. But there is no doubt our traditional notions of privacy are coming under great strain, and the battle is currently being lost.

More information is available here.

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