• Cyber Crime - the Regional Police Response
    Chris Phillips, Tarian - Regional Organised Crime Unit - will look at successes in preventing or in investigating and prosecuting cybercrime. The messages of be alert, keep your software up to date, don’t open dodgy eMails, stick to cyber essentials plus and so on are familiar. Against this background, there really are successes. We’ll look at Current threats local case studies of local cyber criminals and affected Welsh businesses how the IT community can help prepare and respond. The two venues are video linked: Book Online - Swansea venue - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcs-south-wales-branch-cyber-crime-the-regional-police-response-swansea-registration-39873449561 Book Online - Cardiff venue - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcs-south-wales-branch-cyber-crime-the-regional-police-response-cardiff-registration-39873705326

    NHS Wales Informatics Swansea Office,

    Technium 2 building Swansea, Waterfront, Kings Road, SA1 8PH · Swansea

  • Santa's electronic stocking: Artificial Intelligence through the ages
    Details This is our Christmas family event, open to members and their families as well non-members. It’s designed for all ages and will be a good evening out for everyone interested in computers or Christmas or both. 18:00 Doors open, welcome and gaming console exhibition 19:00 Presentation by Myra Wilson 20:00 Mince pies and informal networking Booking Book Online (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcs-south-wales-santas-electronic-stocking-artificial-intelligence-through-the-ages-registration-39872349270) Programme Christmas presents have changed over the years as technology has evolved. The ‘must have’ presents of yesteryear talked when you wanted them to talk, and moved when you switched them on. The current trend for including Artificial Intelligence and Robots with sensors allows the next generation of presents to interact with you in many different ways, often demanding your attention and competing to be played with. Dr Wilson will look at the development of AI in toys from earlier years, generating nostalgia from adults and perhaps amusement from younger attendees. It will prove interesting, informative and entertaining. Speaker Dr Myra Wilson is a lecturer in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics in the Computer Science Department of Aberystwyth University. She was a judge on Robot Wars for series 4 and 5. Her research interests include taking inspiration from biology to design robot control systems, and evolutionary robotics. Myra graduated from Edinburgh with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She has a BSc in Computer Science from Aberdeen University. Gaming Console Exhibition Complementing our presentation is an exhibition hosted by the museum featuring games machines from 1972 to the present day. In addition to giving a fascinating history of the development of the technology and providing a degree of nostalgia for the “more mature” gamer, it offers the opportunity to try out some of the devices. Further information can be found at: https://museum.wales/swansea/whatson/9786/Generation-Games-/

    National Maritime Museum

    Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD · Swansea

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  • So, what's happening with Professionalism in the NHS?
    LATE UPDATE: We've added a video-linked vanue in Cardiff - the Innovation Area, Tŷ Glan-yr-Afon, 21 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff CF11 9AD - Tel:[masked] Location Details - Cardiff Office (http://www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis/page/52537) Pay and display parking is available at the nearby Sophia Gardens Wendy Dearing will explain how NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) delivers digital services for modern patient care in Wales by working in partnership with other NHS Wales organisations. NWIS aims to deliver the ‘once for Wales’ approach where digitally records are created, held and accessed electronically. It also analyses data putting vital information in the hands of the people who use it and supply over 70 operational IT services, including the technology infrastructure. You heard from our Cyber Security staff recently and Wendy Dearing Head of Workforce & OD will continue the conversation by outlining the current developments on the professionalism agenda that supports your health care across Wales. Please book a place online through https://events.bcs.org/book/2764/ This event is free to attend and open to all.

    NHS Wales Informatics Swansea Office,

    Technium 2 building Swansea, Waterfront, Kings Road, SA1 8PH · Swansea

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  • Workplace Transformation
    This is a rare opportunity for attendees to obtain some insights into how an organisation, with exceptional commitment and quality approach, can successfully manage a project to completely transform their workplace and to understand why they won the BCS/Computing Award in 2016. Melin Homes is a Housing Association based in South Wales, employing just 245 staff and operating with limited resources. The Association has a very strong co-operative culture with a highly motivated staff team; two years ago they embarked on an ambitious journey to encourage their staff and Board to work smarter and become more agile and efficient. They are now in a position where all staff are able to conduct their day to day duties completely remotely from anywhere they wish via the implementation of new technologies and working practices. Their dynamic vision has enabled them to drastically improve the services provided to their residents and partners whilst reducing costs, improving the working environment, reducing their impact upon the natural environment and delivering greater job satisfaction and empowerment for all their staff.

    Companies House

    Crown Way · Cardiff

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  • Ethical Hacking
    For all those who feel they need to understand what hackers actually do and how they do it. Synopsis: Who is this event for? This event is for anyone interested in Information Security and the world of Hacking. The need to understand the hacker and his methods are vital for better defending networks. In this overview of the world of hacking, Zubair Khan will take you on a whirlwind tour of the threats and describe some of the countermeasures and strategies than can be employed to secure the system. He will perform a live demonstration and hold a question and answer session at the end of the talk to clarify any areas the attendees which to explore. Workshop Objectives: Give an overview of the Hacker and some of his methods.Perform a ‘live hack’ to demonstrate what hackers can do to a system. (this is based on a specially set of networked computers provided by Tranchulas used in penetration testing and certification) .Give anonymous examples of some of the more interesting hacking and countermeasures that he has been involved with. Tranchulas have offered anyone attending this event a special discount on the full blown ethical hacking course that is to be run in Cardiff on the following week. The course will be run from 13 to 16 March. A discount of 20% is being offered to our members. Please contact the webmaster if you are interested in booking on the full course as we need to record your membership number to obtain the discount.

    Companies House

    Crown Way · Cardiff

  • Computer Networks in Industry
    NOTE Updated venue. Building 12 on this map http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/media/uwtsd-website/content-assets/documents/student-experience/Swansea-map.pdf Most people are now familiar with computer networks via their knowledge of their Broadband link into their homes and the Wifi links from that to their home devices. They may also link up via their smart phones when outside the home. Technology has come a long way in recent years with the ever growing range of interconnected devices in our lives finding their way into industry driving the Industrial Internet of things or Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. From cloud powered Thermostats to contactless payment cards, ubiquitous connectivity and ever cheaper storage and processing power all come together to provide a gateway into Commerce and Industry that was never previously possible. The speaker will outline his experience of utilizing computers and networks in Heavy Industry and where he sees the future of networks and internet technologies in such industries. Come along and enjoy this entertaining presentation and possibly pick up some ideas for both your work place and your home. Kevin White has spent over 30 years working in various industries from Steel to Pharmaceutical. In his early career he worked very hands on in implementing the sensors and networks on the shop floor and has many interesting stories of his experiences from those days. Over the years his experience grew across the range of Process Control and Manufacturing IT systems where his current role focuses on directing process control requirements to optimize the manufacturing processes.

    University of Wales, Trinity St Davids

    Building 12, Powell Street, Swansea, SA1 1NE · Swansea

  • IOT Context and Challenges
    The BCS Green IT Specialist Group is taking forward an initiative to raise awareness of the Internet of Things and the issues this new technology raises. Last year we developed a demonstrator for the IoT using simple and cheap technologies including sensors and Arduino and Raspberry PI processors, typically available through retail outlets such as Maplin. We have now worked with a small team at Leeds Beckett University to produce a 45-min video of that demonstrator and to explore the wider context and challenges presented by the IoT. Bob Crooks,Chair of the BCS Green IT Specialist Group, will provide some background on IoT and then run the video and lead a discussion about IoT its impacts, opportunities and challenges. He will also be able to provide a summary of the government Digital Catapult study around the policy issues IoT raises for the UK e.g. privacy, dependency.

    Cardiff University

    Queen's Buildings 5 The Parade · Cardiff

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  • The Digital Railway - how hard can it be?
    “How hard can it be?” asked Jeremy Clarkson as he pushed a model train along a model track. Since a railway appears to be primarily a closed system, many engineers and IT professionals have no doubt asked themselves the same question. The rail industry comprises over one hundred companies and covers civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The business operations include timetable planning, pricing and selling tickets to passengers and the delivery of the train service. Branch member Iain King will offer a personal view of the challenges in wait for those applying computer systems to the rail industry in the 21st century. He will offer examples of how hard it can be - from operational planning to ornithology! He hopes to make you laugh but also make you think.

    NHS Wales Informatics Swansea Office,

    Technium 2 building Swansea, Waterfront, Kings Road, SA1 8PH · Swansea

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  • Christmas is digital – or the adverts are (BCS Christmas family event)
    Christmas is coming heralded by the appearance of the Christmas advert. Each has a different take on what Christmas means and appear on different media - TV and computer screens, newspapers, magazines and billboards. All of them are designed with one objective which is to grab our attention so that the product shown figures in your plans for Christmas shopping. Adverts have become increasingly sophisticated not only in their approach but in the technology used to turn that approach into reality. The presentation at this year's event seeks to provide an overview of the technology that is used today in the delivery of digital advertising. The presenter who is the Head of Technical Solutions at Sequence, a creative digital agency, will cover the technologies involved in producing digital adverts for tv, websites, campaign sites, apps and the like with examples of each. Please book online through the BCS South Wales web site at https://events.bcs.org/book/2346/

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    National Maritime Museum

    Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD · Swansea

  • Christmas is digital – or the adverts are (BCS Christmas family event)
    Christmas is coming heralded by the appearance of the Christmas advert. Each has a different take on what Christmas means and appear on different media - TV and computer screens, newspapers, magazines and billboards. All of them are designed with one objective which is to grab our attention so that the product shown figures in your plans for Christmas shopping. Adverts have become increasingly sophisticated not only in their approach but in the technology used to turn that approach into reality. The presentation at this year's event seeks to provide an overview of the technology that is used today in the delivery of digital advertising. The presenter who is the Head of Technical Solutions at Sequence, a creative digital agency, will cover the technologies involved in producing digital adverts for tv, websites, campaign sites, apps and the like with examples of each. Please book online through the BCS South Wales web site at https://events.bcs.org/book/2346/

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    Maritime Museum

    National Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD · Cardiff