Previous Events

Industrial experience with Agile in high-integrity software development

07/03/2016 - 19:00
07/03/2016 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Roderick Chapman

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Roderick ChapmanThis presentation will concentrate on the issues and opportunities raised by the use of Agile practices in the development of high-integrity software, based on the scientific literature, two major projects, and our own understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes, standards and markets. In particular, we'll look at the assumptions that underpin the Agile manifesto and where these seem to conflict with best-practice in high-integrity development.

Conversely, we'll consider some opportunities where an Agile approach could be significantly improved by the adoption of high-integrity practices.

DigiMakers - February

27/02/2016 - 10:30
27/02/2016 - 16:30

Raspberry PiPlease register for this Event via the DigiMakers site

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you Digi Makers
 

The importance of Cyber Resilience

26/01/2016 - 19:00
26/01/2016 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Maggie Kneller

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Maggie Kneller

This talk is about 'Cyber Resilience' a crucially important discipline and skill in today’s world, which goes beyond the theory of IT security. Maggie will explain why cyber resilience is growing in importance for every organisation, and every member of staff, not just the IT department. Maggie will also explain the important role that IT needs to play.

The talk will introduce AXELOS's new qualification scheme RESILIA focused on best practice for managing cyber resilience, based on the collective knowledge and experience of industry specialist experts. Knowing that 100% prevention of security incidents is no longer possible, RESILIA also focuses on processes and techniques for quick detection and effective recovery, and is aligned with ITIL. RESILIA also recognises that people are the weakest link when it comes to IT security, and it provides sound approaches for reducing these threats.

DigiMakers - November

28/11/2015 - 10:30
28/11/2015 - 16:30

Raspberry PiPlease register for this Event via the DigiMakers site

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you Digi Makers
 

Hazards and Risk

16/11/2015 - 19:00
16/11/2015 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Mike Badger

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Mike Badger

Everything we do carries risk. If we did not take risks, then we would not get out of bed in the morning. But how do we make risk based decisions? What is a risk worth taking? Does risk management impede or enable things to happen? Does Agile's approach to project management and software development in fact endanger the safety of an organization’s projects? How can the management of safety risk be 'agile' – would this not be conflicting? These are a few questions will be considered in the course of this presentation, along with some introductory teaching to the assessment of risk and its application to highly integrated or complex systems and software.

Personal Productivity with a Tablet

13/10/2015 - 19:00
13/10/2015 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Ed Fry

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Ed FrySpending much of his personal and private life carting backpacks of equipment around from site-to-site, Ed has been seeking the Nirvana of mobile computing, with the power, content and security to make life a little easier. Ed describes the various trials and tribulations which he has faced, and the successes he has made in the usage (and acceptance) of mobile applications, and the gadgetry to support them.

DigiMakers - September

26/09/2015 - 10:30
26/09/2015 - 16:30

Raspberry PiPlease register for this Event via the DigiMakers site

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you Digi Makers
 

Automated Refactoring - Metrics are Not Enough

14/09/2015 - 19:30
14/09/2015 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Christopher Simons

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Christopher SimonsAutomated techniques such as Evolutionary Computing have been applied extensively to refactor software source code, often based on metrics that describe the object-oriented structure of an application. Recent work shows that in some cases applying popular automated tools to open-source software does not necessarily lead to an improved version of the software as assessed by some subjective criteria. Through a survey of professionals, we investigate the relationship between popular refactoring metrics and the subjective opinions of software engineers. We find little or no correlation between the two. Through qualitative analysis, we find that a simple static view of software is insufficient to assess software quality, and that software quality is dependent on factors that are not amenable to measurement via metrics. We recommend that future automated refactoring research should incorporate information about the dynamic behaviour of software, and conclude that a human-in-the-loop approach may be the only way to refactor software in a manner helpful to a software engineer.

DigiMakers June

13/06/2015 - 10:00
13/06/2015 - 17:00

Raspberry PiPlease register for this Event via the DigiMakers site

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you Digi Makers
 

Avionics and Airborne Computers: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

11/05/2015 - 19:00
11/05/2015 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Dr Steve WrightIn this talk, Dr Steve Wright looks at how an aircraft’s avionics and their associated sensor/actuator systems can fail (and they do fail), and how these systems are designed to be resilient to these failures, at the levels of hardware, software and architecture. The talk will include practical examples from aircraft industry history and Steve’s own experience.