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Past Events - 2017

Social Media & the Spread of Fake News

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

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


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, 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, 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


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.

International Standards - Development & Relevance

Wed 24th May, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


Do you want to join in defining of ISO standards? See how they affect your working life in Project work? This fascinating talk shows you the inner workings of these prestigious activities.

Miles Shepherd steered the first major international standard on project management through its development cycle and uses his experience to outline the role and importance of Standards. He will describe the major issues and politics of International Standards.

Miles is Chair of the British Standards Institute's Project, Portfolio and Program Committee and will describe UK's critical role in project related Standards.

More information is available here.

Making the Wi-Fi Network Fast and Secure

Wed 26th Apr, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Marconi Lecture Theatre, Kimmeridge House (Behind Poole House).


Universities and Colleges have to address the challenge of meeting the expectations of the Wi-Fi user whilst sometimes doing so in ancient, listed buildings with solid structures, high user densities and contention from many sources of spectral interference. The Wi-Fi solution needs to be an aesthetically pleasing and flexible in its deployment, provide high signal penetration and automatically adapt to the ever-changing RF environment.

As Wi-Fi has moved to becoming the first choice of network access with multiple devices per user, the play has moved from coverage to capacity and the Wi-Fi network infrastructure must be able to cope with the high device density and traffic demands placed on it by todays rich multi-media content.

In recent years there has also been a huge shift away from establishment owned computing devices to personal device use. With many different devices types, OS's and browsers, securing access to the network edge has become a challenge. A network edge access security platform can provide simple onboarding to set-and-forget secure wired and Wi-Fi networks (eduroam or private networks), policy and device controls and comprehensive guest access functionality. Such products can also interoperate with other network security platforms such as Firewalls and Content Filters to provide edge-to-core security policies.

More information is available here.

Coding and technology workshops in public places

Wed 22nd Mar, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB206


2.Times Do are a community interest company based in the south west that provides workshops and consultancy services for schools, libraries, museums and other public venues who are interested in growing their technological and digital offering. We are particularly focused on the creative side of technology and predominantly use Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and BBC Micro:bits. We have been running for one year and during this talk we will discuss how we have developed our workshops, the type of workshops we deliver and how we have adapted and grown over the past year. We will also be bringing along some of our favourite projects that we take to displays and events.

More information is available here.

Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and Fake IDs

Wed 22nd Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB206


Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of "The Silk Road" by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

This talk will present research carried out to gain insights on the products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora, and on new developments after the demise of Agora.

The team behind the research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee, Germans Zaharovs (research intern) and Mauro Lopez Sanchez (final year project).

The work has been featured on the front page on The Times and on the Guardian, amongst other media.

More information is available here.

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