What we're about

Oxfordshire Branch of The British Computer Society (BCS) The Chartered Institute for IT, run monthly talks on a variety of computer related topics. Computing is a broad church so we select a wide variety of topics to reflect this.

Visit our website for more details on our events http://www.oxon.bcs.org/ . You can also find videos of past talks, posters, and our committee members

There are opportunities to network before and after the talks.

Our Society’s purpose is to promote and advance the education and practice of computing for the benefit of the public

Upcoming events (3)

Improving patient outcomes in radiotherapy through deep learning

Lottie Thomas, Software Engineer, Mirada Medical Ltd

Mirada Medical is an Oxford-based software company whose mission is to help doctors use images to treat cancer and other illnesses. In 2018 they released the first commercially available AI autocontouring solution for radiotherapy treatment planning, DLCExpert.

Radiotherapy involves targeting and killing a cancer with ionizing radiation, while avoiding causing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Every plan needs a clinical expert to draw structures (aka “contours”) on a scan of the patient representing the target and all of the surrounding healthy structures (e.g. heart, lung, spinal cord, glands etc). This is very time-consuming resulting in both a longer lead time to treat the patient, and less time for the clinical staff to assess other important aspects of the plan. Studies also show that contouring can also be inconsistent between clinical experts, leading to less predictable outcomes for the patient.

This talk will explore how Mirada is using deep learning to automate radiotherapy treatment planning for cancer patients, delivering faster and more consistent outcomes. It will also explore how the challenges of using AI as a medical device can be overcome.

VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
You will need to register for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Registration: https://oxf150421.eventbrite.co.uk/

Rise of the Moral Machines

Online event

Prof. Nigel Crook

Associate Dean: Research and Knowledge Exchange Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Ethical Artificial
Can machines be programmed to know the difference between right and wrong? Can they be equipped with a ’moral compass’ to guide their behaviour? More specifically, can machines be moral agents? In this talk I will attempt to address these as I explore the work that is being done in the emerging field of ‘moral machines’.

Prof. Nigel Crook
My research interests include Ethical Artificial Intelligence, autonomous moral machiens, biologically inspired machine learning, embodied conversational agents and social robotics. In my most recent research I have been exploring how it might be possible to equip robots with a degree of moral competence. This would enable robots to recognise the moral consequences of their actions and be able to predict what kinds of behaviours are acceptable in a given situation. I am also working on other aspects of ethical AI, including developing systems that can explain the decision of trained machine learning models and automatic personality typing. I am founder of the Ethical AI institute at Oxford Brookes University (formal launch summer 2019). My work on robotics has attracted some media attention, including 16 appearances on regional, national and international television channels.

As ADRKE I lead and manage the implementation of the University Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy throughout the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. I develop and implement research and knowledge exchange initiatives, policies and systems which are designed to increase research capacity, the percentage of research judged externally as ‘world leading’, the interactions of research and knowledge exchange activities, and the exploitation and dissemination of our research for the benefits for our communities.As ADRKE I lead and manage the implementation of the University Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy throughout the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. I develop and implement research and knowledge exchange initiatives, policies and systems which are designed to increase research capacity, the percentage of research judged externally as ‘world leading’, the interactions of research and knowledge exchange activities, and the exploitation and dissemination of our research for the benefits for our communities.

VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
You will need to register for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Registration: https://oxf200521.eventbrite.co.uk/

Security of apps developed in SMEs

Online event

Paula Fiddi

DPhil, Candidate, University of Oxford
Developers in SMEs, including, start-ups, spinouts and sole-proprietary businesses are creating a significant proportion of these apps to meet the demand. These categories of organisations are generally faced with a number of challenges such as limited resources, lack of cash flow for exploring expensive technologies constrained managerial capabilities, working with an informal structure, regulatory burdens as well as the lack of resources to address emerging security issues. We address the human, social, and organisational factors affecting the security practices of app developers and identify ways to support best practices.

Paula Fiddi
I’m a DPhil candidate at the Department of Computer Science, working with the human centred computing research theme. I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Bells University of Technology, Nigeria) and received my master’s degree in Computer Science and Systems (University of Washinton, USA) in 2014. Although my background is in core computer science, my interest lies not just in the development of technology but also in understanding human experiences and social factors that influence how we interact with computer and information systems. In between my degrees, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in Nigeria, teaching undergraduate courses such as Programming Methodologies, Operating Systems, and Computers and Society.

My current research is concerned with the impact of human, socio-organisational factors on cyber security practices in software development process. This contributes broadly to human-computer interaction in application software development and secure software practices and experiences.

VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
You will need to register for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Registration: https://oxf170621.eventbrite.co.uk

Past events (17)

Photos (38)