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An Industry View of the Agile Mindset Jonathan Kessel-Fell, Agile Coach and Scrum Master, Capgemini UK, 09 December 2016

Date: 09 December 2016 Time: 13:30
Location: Horton D01.27 (The Barn) Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Jonathan Kessel-Fell, Agile Coach and Scrum Master, Capgemini UK

Abstract: The Agile Mindset; an industry view and worldwide perspective.
A key component for any Agile Transformation or Agile Delivery is that the team has the right Agile Mindset and the right Management support to put it into action. This sessions looks at what an Agile Mindset is, why is it so important and what are the main blockers to bringing it into an organisation.

Biography:
Jon has worked in the IT Development sector for over 25 years, 13 of which have been in the world of Agile. This experience spans Investment, Retail and Online Banking, Business Intelligence and Government projects. He is a Certified Agile Coach, Scrum Master and Product Owner, as well as being a facilitator for Capgemini University, guest lecturer at UK Academic Universities and keynote speaker.
Jon has extensive hands-on experience of implementing and maintaining Agile Transformations at a CIO / Portfolio level within large scale organisations. He also has hands-on delivery experience for complex projects with co-located and distributed teams. Jon’s coaching covers Agile, Agile@Scale, Scrum, Kanban, XP practices and Lean, and training through 1-2-1 sessions, classroom based sessions and large scale virtual sessions, all across international locations.

Verification Tool DIY Professor Georg Struth, University of Sheffield, 07 December 2016

Date: 07 December 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Georg Struth, University of Sheffield

Abstract:

I present a principled modular approach to the design of program verification and correctness tools that yields a clean separation between the control flow and the data flow of programs. The aim is to find simple algebraic semantics for the control flow and combine them with detailed set-theoretic models for data and memory domains. The approach is implemented in the Isabelle/HOL theorem prover, and its principles will be illustrated through two example tools, both of which are correct by construction. The first one is a program verification and refinement tool for simple while-programs, which uses modal Kleene algebras for the control flow and a standard predicate transformer semantics for the data flow. The second tool implements separation logic using a novel algebraic semantics for the control flow and an extended relational model for the data flow on store and heap. Time permitting I will show these tools at work on a number of algorithmic verification and refinement examples.

Biography:

Professor Struth works mainly on logical and algebraic methods in computer science, formalised mathematics with interactive theorem provers and program verification and correctness. His interests range from foundational work on the axiomatisation and semantics of sequential and concurrent computing systems to applications in the design and implementation of program verification software.

Social Media Mining for Crime Intelligence Haruna Isah, PhD Commonwealth Scholar, 16 November 2016

Date: 16 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Haruna Isah, PhD Commonwealth Scholar

Abstract

The use of the Internet for exploitative or malicious purposes has become a serious global issue. Over the years, the Internet is seen to be attracting disruptive entities who engage in cyber-crime and antisocial behaviours. The growing incidents of counterfeit/illegal product sale and other crimes over the Internet necessitate the development of automated surveillance systems for the effective governance of the content layer of the Internet.

Our research goal is to develop innovative data mining techniques to improve the understanding, intervention, and policy-making on cyber crime. We employ a variety of machine learning and graph mining methods on social data to characterise and combat cyber-crime on the Web. We are specifically interested in learning from data to identify, measure, and detect deceptive and low quality entities (such as brands, accounts, ads, social updates, reviews) on the Web.

In this talk, we will first present a review of the state of the art methods for sentiment analysis and graph mining, we will then highlight some of the contributions and results of our published work and ongoing projects, and finally, we will give an overview of our propose future work.

Biography

Haruna Isah is a Commonwealth Scholar and the outgoing chair of the University of Bradford ACM Student Chapter. He is currently rounding up his 3rd year PhD study in the Artificial Intelligence Research Group of the University of Bradford under the supervision of Professor Daniel Neagu and Dr. Paul Trundle. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) Degree from the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Maiduguri in 2008; Masters of Science (MSc.), Software Engineering in 2012 from the then School of Computing Informatics and Media (SCIM) University of Bradford.

Haruna is a recipient of NITDEF MSc. Scholarship Award, Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Award, and WAW2015 School on Complex Networks and Graph Models travel award. He has made several research presentations and also attended several major research training's including International Winter School on Big Data in Tarragona Spain, Machine Learning: A Computational Intelligence Approach (MLCI-2015) in Genova Italy, WAW2015 School on Complex Networks and Graph Models in Eindhoven in The Netherlands, and Development Module Road Map for Commonwealth PhD Scholars at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

Translate: Realising medical technologies innovation in the Leeds City Region (joint event with DHEZ) Drs Sean Clarkson & Danielle Miles, Technology Innovation Managers, Translate, University of Leeds, Translate, 02 November 2016

Date: 02 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Drs Sean Clarkson & Danielle Miles, Technology Innovation Managers, Translate, University of Leeds, Translate

Abstract

Translate is a project funded by HEFCE, establishing a new partnership of five universities in the Leeds City Region with world-class expertise in the development of new medical technologies. Translate provides sector-specific expertise to complement University Business Development teams, supporting academics by accelerating the translation of their research into effective commercial opportunities and real-life clinical applications. We work closely with clinicians and companies to identify the current needs of the sector, forming sector-inspired collaborative research to address key clinical challenges or areas of potential development. Translate also develops cutting-edge innovation skills development programmes, seeking to enhance and embed academic capability in successfully translating medical technology research. The seminar will give an overview of the Translate programme, the range of support available to academics for project progression and personal skills development, and case studies of previous support and activities. There will be time for group questions, and confidential one-one discussions regarding specific projects.

Bios

Dr Sean Clarkson is a Technology Innovation Manager within the Medical Technologies Innovation team at the University of Leeds. He mainly works on the HEFCE funded Translate programme, providing sector-specific expertise to support the development and translation of early stage medical technology research in five partner universities across the Leeds City Region. His role involves the development and identification of new technology opportunities through technology scouting activities and running unmet clinical need innovation workshops. He also provides sector-specific expertise, support, and management for projects to accelerate their progression towards commercialisation and investment readiness- assisting with areas such as proof of market/concept, business case development, regularity issues, external funding, and access to partners. Sean has a PhD in Sports Engineering, and a background in Electronics and IT. He has previously worked as a researcher at Sheffield Hallam Universities’ world leading Centre for Sports Engineering Research, developing new technology innovations for use in the UK elite sport programme, private health clinics, and the national healthcare system. Sean has experience in research translation, development of commercialisation strategies, and establishing collaborations with governing bodies, clinicians, and companies, having successfully translated a number of projects and IP assets which are now licensed to international companies and actively used within the NHS.

Dr Danielle Miles is a Technology Innovation Manager working in the Medical Technologies Innovation team on the Translate Programme. Her role involves supporting medical technology research translation and embedding innovation capability in the Leeds City Region. She complements the activities of knowledge and technology transfer staff at partner institutes by providing sector specific expertise to support the generation, evaluation and development of potential project opportunities. She builds consortiums to address un-met clinical needs through running innovation workshops, brokering relationships and carrying out technology scouting activities. Finally she provides support with external funding, market and regulatory requirements, risks and barriers to commercialisation, and IP strategy. Danielle comes from a research background, gaining a PhD in chemistry on self-assembling peptides. This led to her becoming a Research Fellow specialising in hydrogels for biomedical applications, where she was actively involved in shaping and implementing project IP and commercialisation strategies, as well as creating clinical collaborations. Danielle also brings industrial experience, having spent time in both the pharmaceutical and the medical devices industries, where she gained experience in evaluating early stage technologies and regulatory pathways, in particularly for advanced therapeutic medicinal products.

Non-additive probabilities and Choquet integrals in Computing and Engineering Professor A. Vourdas, 12 October 2016

Date: 12 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor A. Vourdas

SUMMARY

An introduction to non-additive probabilities and Choquet integrals, will be discussed. These ideas have been used in Artificial Intelligence, Game theory, Mathematical Economics, decision theory, etc, and the intention is to extend their applications into the general area of Science and Engineering. The presentation will be general aiming to motivate researchers to use these ideas in their own field.

BIO

A.Vourdas is a Professor in Computing at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His area of Research is Quantum Computing.

IoT Laboratory MSc Student Project presentations Drs Dhaval Thakker and Prashant Pillai & the IoT Laboratory MSc Students, 14 September 2016

Date: 14 September 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Drs Dhaval Thakker and Prashant Pillai & the IoT Laboratory MSc Students

The weekly/fortnightly research seminar series is used to present MSc projects completed by our IoT lab students. Several speakers will present their findings, each for 10 minutes, each followed by a short Q&A session.

Discovering "Unknown Known" Security Requirement Professor Awais Rashid, lead of head the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research , Lancaster University, 08 September 2016

Date: 08 September 2016 Time: 09:30
Location: Horton D0.24
Speaker: Professor Awais Rashid, lead of head the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research , Lancaster University

Abstract:
Donald Rumsfeld’s three permutations of knowns and unknowns are often quoted in the context of cyber security. We have the Known Knowns: the well-understood attacks such as SQL injection; the Known Unknowns, e.g., the theoretical and practical limitations of certain protocols; and the Unknown Unknowns, i.e. zero days. In this talk, I will talk about a fourth variation, that of Unknown Knowns. These represent the tacit knowledge often implicit within or across a variety of security incidents. This knowledge is “Unknown” in that it is not immediately captured in widely recommended models such as the Top 20 Critical Security Controls. Yet it is “Known” in that it is tacit in existing security breaches. I will discuss how an inter-disciplinary methodology enables discovery of such Unknown Knowns in order to identify gaps in existing security models and plug such gaps.

Bio: Professor Awais Rashid

Tracking Time-Evolving Data Streams and an Application to Short-Term Urban Traffic Flow Forecasting Professor Francesco Masulli, University of Genova (Italy), 26 August 2016

Date: 26 August 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.23
Speaker: Professor Francesco Masulli, University of Genova (Italy)

CV

Associate Professor of Computer Science with the Dept of Informatics, Bioingengering, Robotics and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) of the University of Genova (Italy) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Center for Biotechnology of Temple University-Philadelphia (PA, USA). Lecturer of the courses on Fundamentals of Computer Science, Well-Being Technologies, and Machine Learning at the University of Genoa. Recipient of the 2008 Pattern Recognition Society Award for the paper "A survey of kernel and spectral methods for clustering". Author of more than 200 scientific papers in Clustering, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems and Bioinformatics. Vice-Chair of the Italian Chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics of the International Neural Network Society.

ABSTRACT

Data streams have arisen as a relevant topic during the last decade. In this work we consider non-stationary data stream clustering using a possibilistic approach. The Graded Possibilistic Clustering model offers a way to evaluate “outlierness” through a natural measure, which is computed directly from the model. Both online and batch training scheme are considered, to provide two different trade-offs between stability and speed of response to change. The proposed approach is evaluated on a synthetic data set, for which the ground truth is available. Moreover, a real-time short-term urban traffic flow forecasting application is proposed, taking into consideration both spatial (road links) and temporal (lag or past traffic flow values) information. To this aim, we introduce a Layered Ensemble Model (LEM) which combines Artificial Neural Networks and Graded Possibilistic Clustering models obtaining an accurate forecast of the traffic flow rates with outlier detection. Experimentation has been carried out on two different data sets. The former was obtained from real UK motorway and the later was obtained from simulated traffic flow on a street network in Genoa (Italy). The proposed LEM model for short-term traffic forecasting provides promising results and given the its characteristics of outlier detection, accuracy, and robustness, it can be fruitful integrated in traffic flow management systems

Kernel P systems modelling, verification and testing - Sorting case study Professor Marian Gheorghe, 29 June 2016

Date: 29 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.24
Speaker: Professor Marian Gheorghe

ABSTRACT

This talk has two parts: an introduction to P systems & a presentation of some research topics prepared for CMC Conference. The first part is meant to give a short overview of the field, called P systems, the subject of the main presentation. The main talk will focus on a specific P systems model, called kernel P systems. In this talk it will be illustrated its capacity to model various sorting problems as well as its relationships with formal verification based on model checking and testing. This talk will be given to the main conference dedicated to P systems topics, CMC, in July 2016.

BIO

Professor Marian Gheorghe got a BSc and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest, Romania. After some years in industry he moved to academia, initially as a lecturer with the University of Bucharest and then, after a short spell with the University of Pitesti, Romania, he moved to the University of Sheffield, in 2000, as a lecturer. He was promoted up to a readership position and became head of the Verification and Testing Group. He recently joined the University of Bradford as a Professor of computational models and software engineering. He has taught a large variety of topics, including formal methods, discrete mathematics, formal grammars and automata, software engineering group projects, systems analysis and design, programming languages (Haskel and Java) etc. He was working in Sheffield, together with other colleagues, in building one of the most popular modules, called Genesys, highly praised by students and acknowledged by employers as a unique real-life experience provided by the University to their Computer Science graduates. His research is rooted in core computer science, more precisely, he is studying various classes of computational models - automata, formal grammars, multiset rewriting systems, Petri nets, process algebra -, their formal properties and connections with other computational models. His research includes also significant applications of these modelling approaches in software engineering, formal verification and testing, simulations, systems and synthetic biology and others. Professor Gheorghe is equally interested in developing the core part of his research in theoretical computer science as well as in collaborating broadly across the whole spectrum of applications of computational models.

Modelling and Computational Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems Dr Savas Konur, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 22 June 2016

Date: 22 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Savas Konur, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

Abstract:
Synthetic biology, allowing scientists to engineer unconventional biological systems that do not naturally exist in nature, is a rapidly growing field with promising potential in building new synthetically constructed devices and systems. In this talk, we will discuss a software platform developed to model and analyse synthetic biology systems using various computational techniques, such as simulation, verification and biocompilation.

Bio:
Dr Savas Konur is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. His research interests involve Formal Methods (mainly modeling, verification and analysis of complex, concurrent and stochastic systems) and design/development of software systems/tools/methods facilitating Formal Methods in various application areas, including Systems and Synthetic Biology, Ubiquitous Systems, Real-time Systems, Safety-critical Systems, Autonomous Systems and Multi-agent & Systems.
More about Savas' research and published work is here: http://computing.brad.ac.uk/staff/skonur

Identifying Knowledge Anchors in Big Data Graphs Marwan Al-Tawil, Leeds University, 01 June 2016

Date: 01 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Marwan Al-Tawil, Leeds University

Abstract: The recent growth of the Web of Data has brought to the fore the need to develop intelligent means to support user exploration through big data graphs. It has been acknowledged that, to be effective, approaches for data graph exploration should take into account the knowledge utility of exploration paths – how useful the trajectories in a data graph are for expanding users’ knowledge. Motivated by an earlier controlled user study investigating nudging strategies for exploration, which has suggested that paths which start with familiar and highly inclusive entities and bring something new are likely to have good knowledge utility, we propose here an approach to identify knowledge anchors in a data graph. We call such anchors basic level entities in a data graph, following an analogy with basic level objects in domain taxonomies that underpin our approach. Several metrics for extracting basic level entities in a data graph, and the corresponding algorithms, have been developed. The performance of the metrics is examined using benchmarking sets obtained from an experimental study involving free naming tasks by humans. Based on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the individual metrics, a hybridization approach is proposed.

Bio: Marwan Al-Tawil is a third year postgraduate researcher in the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Computing Department at the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in the field of graph databases, particularly in developing computational methods and algorithms to support users exploration over big data graphs.

Big Data — The View From Space Prof Rami Qahwaji, EECS, University of Bradford, 25 May 2016

Date: 25 May 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Prof Rami Qahwaji, EECS, University of Bradford

ABSTRACT

Space data are big, complex, multi-dimensional, multi-wave length and could be challenging in terms of noise, consistency, etc. This makes them fascinating for data and computer scientists. The potential for efficient space data exploration is huge for space, satellites, medicine and variety of other sectors. These issues and more will be discussed at this talk.

PROFESSIONAL CV
Rami Qahwaji is Professor of Visual Computing and is the Academic Director for the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire (DigiCatYorks). His research interests include: visualisation, big data analytics, machine learning, and the design of machine vision systems with proven track record in the fields of medical imaging, space/satellite imaging, data visualisation and applied data mining working with medical and industrial collaborators such as NASA, European Space Agency, National Health Service (England), etc. His research was funded by EPSRC, EU FP7, NHS National Innovation Centre, ERDF, European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, TSB, Yorkshire Forward, and more. He has over 130 refereed publications, tens of invited talks at different UK and International meetings and has supervised 20 completed PhD projects. Rami is Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Charted Engineer (CEng - Engineering Council, UK), IET Technical Assessor and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
More about Rami's research and published work is here: http://www.brad.ac.uk/ei/s/?u=rsrqahwa

Knowledge Engineering with Semantic Technologies: From domains of Culture to Internet of Things (IoT) Dr Dhaval Thakker, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 11 May 2016

Date: 11 May 2016 Time: 12:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Dhaval Thakker, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

Abstract:
For the last 15 years or so, semantic technologies have provided a successful and pragmatic way of carrying out knowledge engineering (KE) tasks in a bigger scale, and many will argue, in a more successful manner. In this talk, I will highlight my research in this area that includes methodologies and techniques for knowledge capture, enrichment, and building knowledge-enriched systems for exploration and decision support. I will conclude by highlighting the role of semantics in building an Internet of Things (IoT) middleware for event monitoring.

Short Bio:
Dr Dhaval Thakker is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. He has over ten years of experience in the European Union(EU) and industrial projects delivering innovative solutions. Prior to joining Bradford, Dr Dhaval Thakker worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2011 to 2015 and was leading semantic web related research in several EU projects like the EU FP7 NeTTUN, ImREAL and DICODE. Before Leeds, Dhaval worked in the industry with UK's national news agency (Press Association) as a Research & Development Consultant to provide strategic and technical leadership in implementing Semantic Web and Linked data related projects to improve access to their media repositories.

Principles of Agile Software Development Methodology Anthony Shaughnessy, Software Architect at RentalCars.com, 04 May 2016

Date: 04 May 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Anthony Shaughnessy, Software Architect at RentalCars.com

Abstract:
Agile development methods are now accepted and commonplace in the
mainstream of commercial software development. Many organisations have
switched to agile methods successfully but a frustrating number are still
reluctant or make a half-hearted switch with limited or no success. This
lecture will introduce the basic framework of agile software development,
contrasted with the older style of waterfall development, but also discuss
common failure modes and how these can be addressed. In particular we will
look at the organisational challenges as well as how to adapt the project
delivery process to different types and scales of project. We'll briefly
touch on tool support and the move towards dev-ops and continuous
delivery.

Bio:
Anthony Shaughnessy has specialised in agile development methods for the
last 14 years of his 27 year career as developer, architect, project
manager, head of development and consultant. He has led projects to
deliver new systems for Vodafone Group, Allianz Insurance, William Hill,
RentalCars.com, and Arcadia Group among many others. He was one of the
co-authors of his consulting employer's agile development framework and
advises on the adoption of agile methods for clients such as Yorkshire
Building Society and Capital One Bank.

Designing and Performance Evaluating Satellite Network Layer Protocols Dr Xuzhe Feng, National University of Defense and Technology, Changsha City, China, 27 April 2016

Date: 27 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Dr Xuzhe Feng, National University of Defense and Technology, Changsha City, China

ABSTRACT

A satellite network refers to the data communication network across satellites or between satellites and ground stations, which is different from a terrestrial network. A satellite network works in an unfavourable and changeable space environment, showing the characteristics of being topologically complex and dynamic, therefore it is difficult to maintain a stable connection between different network nodes. The method of how to design efficient and reliable data transmission protocols based on a satellite network has become the bottleneck problem of satellite network data transmission. In this talk, we will focus on the satellite network based on Inter-Satellite Links.

BIO

Feng Xuzhe is an Associate Professor at National University of Defense Technology, China. He received the Ph.D. degree in Measuring and Testing Technologies and Instruments from National University of Defense Technology in 2008. He has been an academic visitor in University of Bradford since October,2015. His research focuses on space instruments, designing and performance evaluating satellite network layer protocols.

Large Deviation Theory and Applications in Communication Outages and Resource Allocation Dr Taufiq Asyhari, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 20 April 2016

Date: 20 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Taufiq Asyhari, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

Abstract:
Analytical performance evaluation is often challenging for systems experiencing random fluctuations where the probability distribution cannot be precisely obtained. In this talk, we will review Large Deviation Principle (LDP) as a generic tool to characterize the (asymptotic) limiting behavior of certain probability distribution in terms of a rate function. The LDP is then applied to characterize the asymptotic behavior of communication outages where both the channel and channel state information are randomly varying with time. We will demonstrate how the LDP allows analytical characterization of asymptotic performance metrics, which reveals a number of new design criteria for communication systems.

Bio:
Dr Taufiq Asyhari has been a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Bradford since February 2014. He is a Member of IEEE and holds a PhD in Engineering (Information Engineering) from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, communication theory, coding theory, queueing theory and signal processing techniques with applications in wireless and nano-molecular networks.

Autonomous Self Drive Vehicles — The Opportunities for Engineering and Informatics at Bradford Dr. John Baruch, 13 April 2016

Date: 13 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr. John Baruch

SUMMARY

At the seminar the case will be made for self-driving vehicles as the next big technology breakthrough that will change the world even more than smart phones. The reasons why the big sponsors Google, Apple and Microsoft are pushing them will be discussed and the question asked whether it is just the value of the time of people with money that is driving the project. Google, Apple, Microsoft and others see car drivers as an immense untapped market. George Osborne in his recent budget said that he wanted the UK to be a world leader in self driving vehicles.
The basic software systems are well known, there are issues of responsibility under the law and software validation which are the last hurdles. The University of Bradford is very well placed to house a centre for self –driving vehicles. We already have the Automotive Research Centre and 20 years of experience of operating the first autonomous robot working 3000km from its base. We organised the first public discussion on Driverless vehicles at the British Science Festival in 2015 and worked with the initiatives at Heathrow, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Greenwich to use self-driving vehicles in urban environments. The law department has a section specialising in autonomous systems and we have an active psychology department.
Dr Baruch will discuss the problems and opportunities for those who might wish to join an autonomous vehicles software validation research centre focussed initially on how such software can be validated, what systems are required to ensure it can work effectively and what would be required to set up an international test centre for such software and their systems.

PROFESSIONAL CV

John Baruch received the BSc, and PhD degrees from the University of London in 1965 and 1973 respectively. He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Leeds from 1965 to 1990 and then at the University of Bradford until 1997 in the Departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Industrial Technology. He was then made Head of the new Department of Cybernetics a post which he held until 2006. He is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Informatics. His areas of interest have been based in astrophysics and astronomy instrumentation including robotics, artificial intelligence and data mining. His interests extended to Knowledge Transfer and he has worked over many years with local companies in knowledge transfer programmes. He generated the first of the UK research councils’ knowledge transfer programmes in astronomy and has run over 20 such programmes. His interests have extended to education and e-learning and he runs the only freely available autonomous robot on the web dedicated to e-learning. He has argued that Astronomy has a unique place in the new world of the Knowledge Economy since it is the only practical science that can be delivered over the web to educate both teachers and learners in the philosophy and methods of practical science regarded as the key to developing the skills of innovation and creativity at the heart of the Knowledge Economy. He will be delivering a keynote address to the All China Conference on Education for the Knowledge Economy in Nanjing May 2016. He has published over 100 research papers in these and associated fields.

Data Mining BBC News Dr Ian Knopke, Data Scientist, BBC News Audience and Engagement / News Labs / BBC Monitoring, 08 April 2016

Date: 08 April 2016 Time: 14:00
Location: Richmond JS Bell Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Ian Knopke, Data Scientist, BBC News Audience and Engagement / News Labs / BBC Monitoring

Abstract:
The nature of journalism is changing. As with many aspects of media, the traditional print models that were earlier moved on to the web are proving insufficient, and new modes of audience interaction are becoming prevalent. I'll be discussing some recent work towards understanding the relationships between the BBC and the News audience, as well as some work we have towards developing newer models. Most of this work is based on data mining work on a year's worth of News story and audience data, as well as previous work on News recommendation systems.

Bio:
Dr. Ian Knopke is a data scientist with BBC. He has worked extensively on software engineering, metadata, personalisation, audience measurement and machine learning problems across most areas of the BBC, and has written recommendation systems for iPlayer, Radio and BBC News. He is currently part of the audience engagement team in BBC News, and is also working with BBC Monitoring on content analysis, topic assignment and named entity extraction problems. Ian holds a Ph.D. in Media and Computing Science from McGill University (Montreal) and has worked in research labs in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Connected Health: A revolution in healthcare? Dr John Ainsworth, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director, Centre for Health Informatics & Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), University of Manchester, 06 April 2016

Date: 06 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr John Ainsworth, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director, Centre for Health Informatics & Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), University of Manchester

Abstract: The advent of pervasive connectivity and ubiquitous computing in modern telecommunications networks and devices introduces a new source of data to healthcare. This data is generated by the individual, is about the individual and their interaction with their environment. This is potentially revolutionary for healthcare, as it will provide for the first time high-resolution longitudinal data about an individual and their health. This truly will be a new age of high resolution healthcare. However, despite the promise, the revolution is yet to arrive. This talk will examine where we are now, where we could potentially be, the technology that will drive this development and the barriers that stand in the way.

Bio:
Dr John Ainsworth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester where he is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is the Deputy Director of the Farr Institute @ HeRC, and chairs the Farr Institute eInfrastructure working group. He is involved in numerous research projects, but with one common aim – how can we use computing and information technology to improve the health of the population. His current research focuses on the mobile health technologies and the use of routinely captured healthcare data for research.
MRC Health eResearch Centre
http://The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research

Models in Engineering Design Professor Claudia Eckert, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, 09 March 2016

Date: 09 March 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Claudia Eckert, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University

Abstract:
Engineers interact with their products and processes largely through models, however rarely reflect about the nature of these models and how technical possibilities and actions are affected by the properties and characteristics of the models. Models in engineering describe the product and process, but also at the same time shape and create them. This talk reflects on what we can learn from the research in the philosophy of science community on modelling, but also analyses the differences between scientific models and engineering models.

Short Bio:

Professor Claudia Eckert is a Professor of Design at the Open University. Her research interests lie in process modelling. She is interested in design as a professional practise in different domains. She has studied design processes of complex incremental products in industry through interviews and observations to identify problems to address them through tools, methods and the development of design theory. This brought her in touch with a broad range of topics from process management, processes planning, collaboration, sustainability and energy. The main focus of research has been engineering design, fashion design and in recent years also construction, which has led to a long standing interest in comparisons between design domains.

Professor Eckert is a co-chair of the Design Society’s "Modelling and Managing Engineering Processes" Special Interest Group and a member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society. She is an area editor of the Springer Research in Engineering Design.

See for more details http://www9.open.ac.uk/mct-ei/people/claudia.eckert

Big Data Science and Technology to enable Smart Businesses Prof Rami Qahwaji, Dr Yonghong Peng, Prof Daniel Neagu, IET and SEECS, University of Bradford, 08 March 2016

Date: 08 March 2016 Time: 18:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Prof Rami Qahwaji, Dr Yonghong Peng, Prof Daniel Neagu, IET and SEECS, University of Bradford

We are currently living in the era of big data. Extracting meaningful information and knowledge from the large amount of increasingly available data to gain insight and guide strategic planning is becoming critical to ensure the success of businesses.
This event is intended for SME representatives, academics, young professionals, students, and all parties interested in using big data to improve current business practices, create new ideas and business opportunities. The activities of this event include:
(1) introduction to Big Data Science and Technology and recent research and trends
(2) interactive session discussing big data for smart businesses
(3) networking.

Speakers:
Professor Rami Qahwaji
Dr Yonghong Peng
Professor Daniel Neagu

This is a research event organised jointly by the UK - Yorkshire IET local network and the University of Bradford

IEEE Student/Researcher Event - University of Bradford Kristen MacCartney and Paul Henriques, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 23 February 2016

Date: 23 February 2016 Time: 09:00
Location: Chesham Building Room B1.31
Speaker: Kristen MacCartney and Paul Henriques, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Join the IEEE and the University of Bradford as they host a unique event for Engineering, Computing and Technology Students, PostGrads and Researchers at the University.

IEEE's University Partnership Program Manager - Kristen MacCartney and IEEE's Client Services Manager - Paul Henriques will provide attendees an insight into how IEEE can help students whilst in education and beyond into their professional career.

The event will provide an insight into how attendees make the transition from student to young professional. It will discuss how attendees can use IEEE information and opportunities to understand market trends, employment demands, build powerful networks and distinguish yourself in an academic, industry or government career.

The event will also cover IEEE support for students including awards, scholarships, opportunities, networking opportunities, jobs, skills development, how to get the most from IEEE and much more.

Find out how you could win prizes of between $2,500 and $10,000 from the IEEE!!!

PLUS: Tea/coffee and breakfast will also be provided.

Both the IEEE and the University of Bradford would be delighted if you could join us for this practical session.

Register now - seats are limited!

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Time: 9am to 11am
Room: Room B1.31 (note the room has been changed)
Building: Chesham Building, Faculty of Engineering & Informatics

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From Research to Standardisation of ICT Dr Hermann Brand, Vice-President New Initiatives and Market Development, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis, 08 February 2016

Date: 08 February 2016 Time: 15:00
Location: Richmond E59
Speaker: Dr Hermann Brand, Vice-President New Initiatives and Market Development, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 700 member companies and organizations, drawn from 63 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

The science behind data visualisation Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary, 16 December 2015

Date: 16 December 2015 Time: 12:00
Location: Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, University of Bradford
Speaker: Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary

DigiCatYorks welcomes co-founder of FlyingBinary and author of Mapping the Future Jacqui Taylor for a special event around data journalism and data visualisation.
In this session Jacqui will talk about data journalism and the science behind data visualisation, illustrating the uses of data using examples such as the classified data leaks by Edward Snowden in 2013.
With the release of a new data journalism book to a global audience of 34 million citizens and 3,000 data journalists, Jacqui will tell her data story from the beginning and share some of the projects her web science company have delivered, and the impact these have had across organisations, nations and globally.
Biography: Jacqui has 25 years’ experience of deploying technology change across the world. After implementing a banking regulatory change programme with Web 3.0 tools she co-founded FlyingBinary a web science company which changes the world with data.
An appointment as an Independent Ministerial Advisor in Cabinet Office as an Open Data domain expert recognised her as a web scientist of influence in the era of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). An inclusion as a data innovator for a number of the smart city initiatives signals the next steps as her company which was recognised in 2014 with an IoT international trailblazer award.
Jacqui collaborated with data journalism thought leaders to produce her first book “Mapping the Future “which signals the changes for the industry. Published in November by the Digital Enlightenment Forum Jacqui has contributed a chapter to the 2014 Yearbook relating her vision for the web and the role Open Data will play in the making of Open Policy. She is a member of the member of the British Standards Institute team working towards ISO eStandards for Smart Cities.
We are anticipating a high volume of interest, so please book your place using the Eventbrite link to avoid disappointment. Click here to book a place

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Should you have any questions, please contact info@DHEZ.org

Horizon 2020 and EEN's services Andy Taylor, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), 03 December 2015

Date: 03 December 2015 Time: 12:00
Location: re:centre, University of Bradford: Click here to book a place
Speaker: Andy Taylor, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Summary:

DigiCatYorks welcomes Andy Taylor from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to talk about Horizon 2020 and EEN’s free services:
· Information service
· Brokerage service
· Horizon 2020 services

Andy will show some examples of EEN’s commercial/technology/H2020 opportunities from their database and spend some time specifically looking at digital opportunities to suit the audience.

There will be opportunities for 1:1’s, live database searches and discussions around H2020 project ideas with Andy following the presentation. The event is suitable for SMEs and academics; a light lunch will be served.

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About EEN:
EEN is a European Commission Network with coverage in over 54 countries across the world. Their FREE services include the following:
Commercial opportunities – to help you find agents, distributors, manufacturing partners and more for commercial partnerships in new markets
Technology opportunities – to help you find partners to license your technology, further develop your products or help find new technologies that might be of interest.
Information service – questions answered regarding any aspect of doing business in Europe. This could be regulations particular to your sector, labelling of products, import/export regulations, employment legislation and more.
Collaborative R&D – support in finding the right funding scheme. Awareness raising for Horizon 2020 projects that are forming or find partners for your own project. Evaluation of your project ideas and match them to calls. Assess your proposals for quality prior to submission.
Brokerage Events – EEN run matchmaking events alongside large conferences and exhibitions as well as missions and other events.
http://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/EVE/Event/ListEvents

EEN can develop a profile for their pro-active database that is specific to your needs and will attract interest from around the world.

State-Based Testing for Cloud Services Dr. Raluca Lefticaru, University of Bradford, 02 December 2015

Date: 02 December 2015 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton D
Speaker: Dr. Raluca Lefticaru, University of Bradford

ABSTRACT

This talk describes how state machine models can be used for testing cloud services and presents a tool developed for the EU FP7 Broker@Cloud project, to support the continuous quality assurance objective.
1. Introduction: why state models?
2. Theoretical background
3. Tool presentation
a. Validation component
b. Verification component
c. Test generation module
d. Test grounding module
4. Conclusions and future work

CV

Dr Raluca Lefticaru received her MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pitesti, Romania. After some years in the automotive industry, she moved to academia, initially as teaching assistant at the University of Pitesti and later as lecturer with the University of Bucharest. In 2014 she moved to the University of Sheffield, as research associate in Broker@Cloud project and in 2015 she was appointed by the University of Bradford in the COSMOS project.
Her main research interests are in model based testing, especially state-machine based testing using evolutionary approaches, membrane computing, verification and testing of P systems. She published 10 journal papers and more than 20 articles in workshops and peer-reviewed conferences.

On the Edge with the Internet of Things Martin Beeby, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft, 27 November 2015

Date: 27 November 2015 Time: 15:00
Location: Horton D01.27
Speaker: Martin Beeby, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Abstract:

In September I built a beautifully ridiculous machine with a group of friends called "Edge Case". It's an Arcade machine size object that can tell you if your website is compatible with Microsoft Edge. During the process I learnt a lot about LCD's, Smoke Machines, Breadboards, 56k Dial Up modems, Linux, Windows 10, Raspberry PIs and Arduinos and I'd like to share my findings.

In this demo heavy session I will dissect a scaled down replica of the original machine built on the Windows 10 Universal App platform and running on Windows 10 IOT. We will look at how the app was built on a Raspberry PI 2, how to communicate with Arduinos and how we can take advantage of AllJoyn to allow devices to communicate.

At the end you should have a good understanding of how to build IOT devices and why it might be more relevant to your career than you might think.

Bio:

Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 10 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 16 years has worked on projects with many Major brands.
Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.

Understanding and managing complex systems using advanced simulation Professor Mike Holcombe, Advanced Computing Research Centre, University of Sheffield, 21 October 2015

Date: 21 October 2015 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Mike Holcombe, Advanced Computing Research Centre, University of Sheffield

ABSTRACT

We describe how agent-based modelling can be used for research and the practical management of complex systems.

Examples include:

1. basic science of molecular, cellular and ecological systems
2. policy-making in macroeconomics
3. managing people in transport hubs and hospitals

The talk will include many examples in scientific research as well as commercial applications.

CV

Prof Mike Holcombe has developed research on Software Testing, agile software development and empirical software engineering, as well as simulation, computational biology and computational economics. Mike took a lead in the introduction of Agile Software development. His book on this topic is based on extensive industrial projects. He introduced the unique student software company, Genesys and founded the commercial University company epiGenesys that supports the unique teaching of practical software engineering.

Mike set up the world leading simulation framework FLAME which is used in modelling complex system. During his time at the University Mike has engaged in research collaborations in all of the University’s faculties.

From (unconventional) computational models to applications Prof. Marian Gheorghe, 01 July 2015

Date: 01 July 2015 Time: 13:15
Location: ALL DETAILS (DATE, TIME, VENUE) TO BE CONFIRMED
Speaker: Prof. Marian Gheorghe

ABSTRACT

In this talk it is presented a coherent research journey starting with the theoretical basis of some classical and unconventional computational models and finishing with software engineering applications. The focus will be on models like automata, rewriting systems and membrane computing. Some of the most challenging formal properties and latest research developments will be discussed and several applications, involving formal specification and verification of complex systems, will be presented. A case study in synthetic biology will illustrate the approach. The style of the presentation will be quite general, targeting a broad audience in computer science and aiming to open research avenues for collaborations and cross-fertilisation discussions and investigations.

BIO

Professor Marian Gheorghe got a BSc and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest, Romania. After some years in industry he moved to academia, initially as a lecturer with the University of Bucharest and then, after a short spell with the University of Pitesti, Romania, he moved to the University of Sheffield, in 2000, as a lecturer. He was promoted up to a readership position and became head of the Verification and Testing Group. He recently joined the University of Bradford as a Professor of computational models and software engineering. He has taught a large variety of topics, including formal methods, discrete mathematics, formal grammars and automata, software engineering group projects, systems analysis and design, programming languages (Haskel and Java) etc. He was working in Sheffield, together with other colleagues, in building one of the most popular modules, called Genesys, highly praised by students and acknowledged by employers as a unique real-life experience provided by the University to their Computer Science graduates. His research is rooted in core computer science, more precisely, he is studying various classes of computational models - automata, formal grammars, multiset rewriting systems, Petri nets, process algebra -, their formal properties and connections with other computational models. His research includes also significant applications of these modelling approaches in software engineering, formal verification and testing, simulations, systems and synthetic biology and others. Professor Gheorghe is equally interested in developing the core part of his research in theoretical computer science as well as in collaborating broadly across the whole spectrum of applications of computational models.

25 million to 1: hunting for patterns in asynchronous pipelines Graham Birtwistle, Computer Science, University of Sheffield, 28 May 2015

Date: 28 May 2015 Time: 13:15
Location: Horton D0.23
Speaker: Graham Birtwistle, Computer Science, University of Sheffield

Abstract:
We give an overview of research conducted with Ken Stevens of Utah on a practical problem in asynchronous hardware: specifying and implementing asynchronous datapaths which are at the heart of microprocessor and filter designs (eg FFT). The focus of the talk is the interplay amongst the mathematics, the experiments, and the engineering aspects.

The mathematics led to a method for specifying a complete family of related designs and a neat notation for its associated design space. Engineering knowhow kept the mathematics grounded: and enabled the generation of novel pipeline components directly from their specifications and improvements to a largish published design. Insights from experiments over the whole design space led to a uniform notation which captures all linear and parallel pipeline behaviours; a calculus whose one line signature captures 25 million cases; and uncovered surprisingly good system properties for parallel pipelines. The approach is quite general and may be applied to other state machine models.

Bio:
Graham Birtwistle has worked at The Norwegian Computing Center as an underling on the IBM Simula Compiler. At Bradford on simulation language design (Demos 1979). At Calgary on clocked hardware specification in HOL, the re-implementation of HOL, and the modelling and specification of asynchronous systems in CCS. And Leeds on the semantics of OO simulation languages. Since retiring in the palindromic 2002, he has spent his efforts on modelling asynchronous hardware. Ever the man to catch the tidal wave of research, his chief claim to fame lies in being the first (?) man to give up object oriented programming (1984).

An Introduction to Quantum Optical Interferometry Christopher Gerry, Lehman College, The City University of New York, 30 April 2015

Date: 30 April 2015 Time: 13:15
Location: D0.23, Horton D (THURSDAY, 30th April in D0.23)
Speaker: Christopher Gerry, Lehman College, The City University of New York

BIO:

BA in Physics University of Maine 1972
MS in Physics University of Maine 1974
Ph.D. in Physics, State University of New York at Albany, 1979
Work is currently in the area of quantum optics and quantum metrology
170+ papers published, three books

ABSTRACT:

I will give an elementary discussion of optical interferometry from the point of view of the quantum mechanical picture of light as consisting of photon. I will start with the classical picture of light but quickly jump to the quantum picture to describe interferometry at the level of a single photon. The quest for increased sensitivity with highly non-classical states of light needed for the detection of weak disturbances, such as are expected from gravitational waves for astrophysical sources, will be discussed at an accessible level. I will also address the seemingly innocent question: Do photons really interfere?

Cyber Maturity Assessment Saif Qazizada, Security Advisor, KPMG LLP (Risk Consulting) London, 29 April 2015

Date: 29 April 2015 Time: 14:15
Location: Horton D0.23
Speaker: Saif Qazizada, Security Advisor, KPMG LLP (Risk Consulting) London

Abstract:
The KPMG cyber maturity assessment is a unique offering that incorporates our insight into global best practice from the public and private sectors and drives business transformation based upon appropriate use of information assets.
The CMA is flexible and allows us to tailor each engagement to the specific requirements of the client. In addition, there are further modules that provide in depth detail of the client’s technical protective capabilities and their culture and approach to security.
The CMA addresses six key dimensions that together provide a comprehensive and in-depth view of an organisation’s cyber maturity.

Bio:
Saif is a Security Generalist with over 6 years experience within Information Security, including work on Public Sector, Private Sector, and Financial Services.
Saif specialises in Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), Information Risk Management, Information Security Strategy, Assurance, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), and Security Awareness.

I'm the best programmer ever, why can't I get a job? Ian Sharp, Director, Khemeia Consulting Ltd, 15 April 2015

Date: 15 April 2015 Time: 13:15
Location: Horton D0.02
Speaker: Ian Sharp, Director, Khemeia Consulting Ltd

Abstract:

It's easy to believe that as you learn deep technical skills that they are the thing that will get you the great job in a great company or will enable you to start your own company which will do groundbreaking technical work and change the world...

The surprising truth for many engineers, programmers and scientists is that the technical skills they have gained at University are only the starting point to having a successful career. The key skills, assuming you
are technically competent are rarely taught, they are rarely talked about, they are cloaked in management speak but yet they are crucial to YOUR success.

In this short talk I'll cover the need for effective communication and how it is the foundation of planning and executing a successful project, how you might be called upon to explain your thinking and how to go about
structuring that process.

Bio:

Ian Sharp BEng. is an Electronics Engineer with 24 years experience of designing products for high volume manufacture. Whilst spending 13 years in an electronics design company designing products for international
markets he rose through the company from a graduate design engineer, project manager, commercial manager to Commercial Director. In 2005 he joined Pace, the worlds largest Set Top Box company as their President EMEA/APAC and ran a 160 person engineering team which generated £200m in revenues selling Pace's bespoke products to the tier 1 broadcasters (like Sky, Virgin and many others). In 2007 he left to start his own company, Khemeia Consulting which is a small business management consultancy which
provides a wrap around service for entrepreneurs and specialises in taking technology products and services to market. Khemeia works with inventors through to large companies on developing their innovative products. We work with a large pool of established and experienced design engineers (hardware and software) as well as product designers and if needed will manage not only the development but the introduction into the production environment in the most appropriate region for the product.

Developing real-time web applications with SignalR Martin Beeby, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft, 09 December 2014

Date: 09 December 2014 Time: 12:00
Location: Horton D01.27 (The Barn) Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Martin Beeby, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Abstract:
ASP.NET SignalR enables real-time communications between your application and each connected client. We'll learn how to write code for SignalR, then use it to add real-time HTML5 charts to an application, power interactive games and more.

Bio:

Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 8 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 16 years has worked on projects with many Major brands.
Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.

Cyber Security Strategy: Managing your controls in the context of risk Ben Densham, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Nettitude (http://www.nettitude.co.uk/), 25 November 2014

Date: 25 November 2014 Time: 09:00
Location: Richmond J19
Speaker: Ben Densham, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Nettitude (http://www.nettitude.co.uk/)

Abstract:
Organizations often implement many controls to try and address Cyber Security concerns within their organisation. Many are implemented due to compliance pressures or driven by IT developments and changes. However, cyber breach reports frequently show that many implemented controls are not effective in preventing and detecting malicious activity when it occurs. Is this because they are not up to the job? Is it because they are incorrectly configured? Is it because the wrong controls have been applied? We will take a high level look at what is happening within both the threat landscape and the industry at large and ask the question, who is deciding what is to be protected and why within your organization? This question will form the basis for an understanding of the risks that need to be mitigated, the threats to be defended against and the vulnerabilities that should be addressed. Understanding the right controls to implement and the overall objective is key for all organizations. What should your Cyber Strategy look like? How should this be governed and implemented? How do you measure the effectiveness of your controls? Ultimately, are you realising and addressing the real risk to your business?

Bio:
Ben (http://www.nettitude.co.uk/leadership-team/) has developed a passion for cyber security having worked in IT for the last 18 years with a focus on Cyber Security for the last 10+. He has been technically deployed as a network security professional, penetration tester, risk and security consultant and has an in depth knowledge of compliance, risk and cyber strategy. Over the last 8 years he has led and developed the capabilities of the IT security, penetration testing and governance, risk and compliance teams at Nettitude. As the CTO he now oversees the future developments at Nettitude including the growth of their R&D capabilities. Recent projects have included a managed logging and incident response service (threat2alert) and security awareness training services. He is involved in regular speaking at conferences, membership of industry working groups on PCI and penetration testing and maintains technical accreditations with Crest, PCI (PCI, PA and P2PE) and CISSP.

ServiceNow, The Enterprise IT Cloud Company Art Nisperos, Jr., Education Services, Senior Program Manager – Academic Learning Partner, 14 November 2014

Date: 14 November 2014 Time: 12:00
Location: Horton D1.01
Speaker: Art Nisperos, Jr., Education Services, Senior Program Manager – Academic Learning Partner

Abstract:
ServiceNow, The Enterprise IT Cloud Company, is the industry-leading cloud platform provider for building enterprise applications. We are redefining markets and changing the perception of enterprise software. Our cloud platform allows enterprise IT to bring together business strategy, application design and operations in a powerfully simple solution.

Presentation Abstract
The presentation will introduce ServiceNow, its platform, and its client and explanation of the Academic Learning Partner Program and how it benefits schools and students who are involved in the program.

Bio:
Mr. Nisperos has more than 15 years of experience as a Project Management and Professional Services Professional delivering SaaS and desktop product solutions in the financial and services sector to companies ranging in size from small to Fortune 500. For the last ten years, he has led the growth of services teams and business in areas of product implementation, professional development, resource allocation, and project management. Prior to ServiceNow, he was the Senior Director of Program Management for MaintenanceNet managing their operations and establishing best practices with respect to client implementations. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

For the past two years, Art was part of the Professional Services Operations Group as the Senior Planning Manager initially managing all resourcing for AMS and eventually for the Subcontracting Partners and Expert Services. He was instrumental in getting the resource management processes and tools established within PS Ops and also developing positive relationships with our subcontracting partners and all ServiceNow departments affiliated with the partner programs. In his current role, he is responsible for managing the Academic Learning Partner program in order to secure educational institutions to adopt the ALP program and development of placement strategies that can be offered to students, working with local sales and professional services leaders.

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