2014 - 2015 Programme

All meetings unless otherwise stated start at 6:30 pm, with refreshments available from 6:00 pm.

All meetings are free of charge, no reservation is required, except where otherwise indicated below, although members may be requested to indicate intention to attend via online poll e.g. Doodle however please note this is for capacity planning purposes only. Non members are welcome to all meetings. Branch meetings qualify for BCS CPD credit.

Please note the venue for meetings will be advised no later than one week in advance of the meeting, where practicable. This is as a result of major refurbishment works underway at Glasgow Caledonian University affecting the availability of our usual venue, Room M404 in the George Moore Building Cowcaddens Road Glasgow G4 0BE, and moves to host presentations in partnership with relevant industry players at their work locations.

Programme Summary

Date Event
13 Oct 2014 Pinkification or Feminising? & BCS Glasgow AGM 2014
10 Nov 2014 Digital Pi!
8 Dec 2014 Ada Lovelace - A Celebration
12 Jan 2015 *** Meeting Cancelled ***
9 Feb 2015 *** Meeting Cancelled ***
9 Mar 2015 To be confirmed
13 Apr 2015 To be confirmed
11 May 2015 IT in Genealogy - IT's a Family Thing
8 Jun 2015 The Origins and Development of Computer Graphics
5 Oct 2015 BCS Glasgow Presentation & AGM 2015

Programme Detail

Pinkification or Feminising? & BCS Glasgow AGM 2014

Date Monday 13th October 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Lecture Theatre W118, 1st floor Hamish Wood Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Sharon Moore (BCSWomen Scotland)
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

Sharon Moore will be delivering a presentation on Pinkification or Feminising? This will then be followed by the AGM.

Pink is not a feature, yet Pritt stick thinks there's a need for pink glue. Do you?

Will pinkification entice more girls into STEM?

In this session Sharon Moore will introduce the concept of pinkification and share some opinions, and will then invite the audience to debate their way to a conclusion.

In advance of the evening you may wish to read a few articles related to the subject:

* http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2716279/I-want-make-Lego-girl-people-let-adventures-Company-releases-toy-set-showing-female-scientists-sold-out.html

* http://reelgirl.com/2014/08/fuck-you-lego/ (This is not the opinion of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)

* http://www.pinkstinks.co.uk/

* https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

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Digital Pi!

Date Monday 10th November 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location *Lecture Theatre W118, 1st floor Hamish Wood Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Colin Crook (Seric Systems)
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

Synopsis: Colin Crook from Seric Systems and Chrissy Mackay of Beyonder put together a weeks worth of events in Castlemilk High School to help improve digital skills. They focused on 3 areas:

· Manipulating the electronic environment

· Creative Design

· Coding with Scratch

The days had two three hour sessions in each with an hour spent on each subject. The students came from local schools and community groups. Colin & Chrissy will be going through what they did with the groups - all with the Raspberry Pi! Details of how the students benefitted from the days and also technical information on the exercises will be discussed.

*Please note the change of venue within Glasgow Caledonian University to Lecture Theatre W118, 1st floor Hamish Wood Building.

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Ada Lovelace - A Celebration

Date Monday 8th December 2014
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location *Lecture Theatre W118, 1st floor Hamish Wood Building, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BE - Map of Location
Speaker Lynn Kelly (BCS Glasgow)
Convenor

"Synopsis: Born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815 and daughter of Lord Byron the poet, Ada Lovelace was a woman ahead of her time. Ada was a mathematician and writer who has become adopted as a figurehead for the international celebration of the achievements of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She is often referred to as the first computer programmer for her work on Babbage’s Analytical Engine. The Ada programming language is named in her honour.

*Please note the change of venue within Glasgow Caledonian University to Lecture Theatre W118, 1st floor Hamish Wood Building."

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*** Meeting Cancelled ***

Date Monday 12th January 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
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*** Meeting Cancelled ***

Date Monday 9th February 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
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*** Meeting Cancelled ***

Date Monday 9th March 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
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To be confirmed

Date Monday 13th April 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
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IT in Genealogy - IT's a Family Thing

Date Monday 11th May 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room CEE_4, Floor 1, Centre for Executive Education, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA (enter campus at bookshop on Cowcaddens Road)
Speaker Allan A MacBain (Associate Genealogist (UK, Europe and Australia), Clan MacBean)
Convenor Lynn Kelly

Presented by - Allan A MacBain MBCS; IT Manager (Scotland) at Clancy Consulting Ltd, a UK-wide, Multi-disciplinary, Engineering Consultancy; and Associate Genealogist (UK, Europe, and Australia), for Clan MacBean Inc - the Family Association for people with links to the MacBean Clan, and Septs, of Scotland.

From the 'Dark Ages', to the 'Internet Era'; how has the use of IT changed genealogical research in the past 50 years. Comparing availability of online source materials worldwide; but with a particular focus on Scotland. How the rise of online Family Tree matching services has amplified poor research methodologies. How to avoid the common pitfalls. How Family Tree DNA services have become 'The Next Big Thing'

*Please note change of venue*

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The Origins and Development of Computer Graphics

Date Monday 8th June 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room CEE_4, Floor 1, Centre for Executive Education, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA (enter campus at bookshop on Cowcaddens Road)
Speaker Stephen J Marshall
Convenor Lynn Kelly

Synopsis: We think of computer graphics as originating with the early video games and computer-generated imagery of the 1980s and 1990s, however, its development goes back to the very beginning of electronic computation. In this presentation, I will trace the fascinating history of computer graphics, beginning in 1949 with Project Whirlwind at MIT through the developments in timesharing and computer-aided design of the 1960s and ‘70s to the high quality interactive graphics that give today’s personal computing devices their amazing capabilities.

Bio: Stephen J Marshall began using computers professionally in 1975 when they were room-sized mainframes which were programmed via decks of punched cards. In 1979, he had his first hands-on experience of microcomputers and was amazed by the incredible power and freedom that interactive personal computing offered. Since then, he has followed the development of computers with a fascination that remains undimmed with the passing years. He published his first book on the subject, The Story of the Computer: A Technical and Business History, in March 2015.

*Please note change of venue*

BCS Glasgow Presentation & AGM 2015

Date Monday 5th October 2015
Time 6:00 for 6:30 pm
Location Room A426 Govan Mbeki building at Glasgow Caledonian University
Speaker Dr Mark Baldwin
Convenor Tejinder Singh Lota

Topic: The Enigma Coding Machine

Synopsis: One of the Second World War's most fascinating stories is that of the Enigma machine, a portable encryption device widely used by the Germans, whose ciphers they believed to be totally secure. Nevertheless, by mathematical analysis and modern technology, the Allies devised techniques for 'breaking' Enigma ciphers, and thus read several million German messages, providing a wealth of reliable Intelligence. The attack on Enigma, initiated by the Poles in the early 1930s, was later perfected by the British at Bletchley Park, today open to the public as a museum site.

The Intelligence gained was of immense value to the Allies in virtually every theatre of war, but nowhere more so than in the Battle of the Atlantic, that fierce conflict which lasted nearly six years and cost over 60,000 lives. Dr Baldwin uses the Battle of the Atlantic to exemplify the importance of code breaking in winning the war.

After the presentation, the audience are invited to take part in a hands-on practical demonstration of one of the few surviving Enigma machines. Only about 300 are known to survive worldwide; of these, only about a dozen are in public collections in Britain. As these machines are so rare, Dr Baldwin is providing a unusual opportunity for the audience not just to view, but also to operate, an original U-Boat Enigma machine - the actual machine which appears in the recent film, ‘The Imitation Game’.

About the speaker: A Cambridge University engineering graduate, Mark Baldwin worked initially in civil engineering, before obtaining a Master's Degree in Soil Mechanics from Imperial College, London.

After 15 years' lecturing at Imperial, he moved to Shropshire to develop his book-selling and publishing business, established part-time in 1978. One important speciality is WW2 Intelligence & Codebreaking, and he has published eight books on this subject.

For nearly twenty years, Dr Baldwin has spoken widely in UK and abroad on various 'Secret War' topics (over 500 to date), focussing particularly on Enigma and Bletchley Park. He regularly speaks aboard cruise ships - and was commissoned to supply a U-Boat Enigma machine for the film 'The Imitation Game'.

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