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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.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Design and operation of multistage flash (MSF) desalination: advanced control strategies and impact of fouling Mr. Salih Alsadaie, 30 November 2016

Date: 30 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Salih Alsadaie

Abstract:

The rapid increase in the demand of fresh water due the increase in the world population and scarcity of natural water puts more stress on the desalination industrial sector to install more desalination plants around the world. Among these desalination plants, multistage flash desalination process (MSF) is considered to be the most reliable technique of producing potable water from saline water. However, the MSF process is confronting many problems to cut off the cost and increase its performance.

Among these problems are the non-condensable gases (NCGs) and the accumulation of fouling which they work as heat insulation materials and consequently decrease the performance of the plants. Moreover, improved process control is a cost effective approach to energy conservation and increased process profitability. Thus, this study is motivated by the real absence of detailed kinetic fouling model and implementation of advance process control (APC).

This project aims to use gPROMS (general PROcess Modeling System) model builder to develop a dynamic mathematical model of MSF, study the design of venting system, implement advance control strategies and finally develop a dynamic fouling model to predict fouling inside the condensing tubes.

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.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Relationship between Design Structure Matrix and Multidisciplinary Optimization Mr. Abhishek Mishra, 16 November 2016

Date: 16 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Abhishek Mishra

Abstract:

First paragraph gives a brief introduction about design structure matrix which is followed by introduction of Multidisciplinary Optimization techniques. The last paragraph gives detail about their implementation in the project.

A familiar tool to support the visualization of the disciplinary dependencies upon variables is the design structure matrix. Various algorithms such as Petri Nets, IDEF, Genetic Algorithm, COPE etc. have been used in the literature to adjust a DSM according to the design needs. Project aims to develop a new technique to decompose engineering problems effectively.

The basic aim of Multidisciplinary Optimization methods is to combine general multidisciplinary engineering systems, such as automotive or aerospace, whose design is controlled by a number of disciplines The basic goals of MDO formulations are to:

1. Compress design cycle time;
2. Yield substantive product quality;
3. Improve design knowledge to support more informed decision making;
4. Reduce time to market.

The project aims to utilise a DSM for optimal decomposition of an engineering problem and thereby solving it using an appropriate MDO technique.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Centre of Mass Dynamics and Control during Gait Termination in Trans-Femoral Amputees: Impact of Combined Microprocessor Control of the Knee and Ankle Mrs. Zahraa M. Abdulhasan, 02 November 2016

Date: 02 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mrs. Zahraa M. Abdulhasan

Abstract:

The general aim of this thesis is to investigate the biomechanical adaptations used by transfemoral amputees during gait termination when descending a ramp. The main focus is to evaluate the effectiveness of an above the knee prosthetic that uses combined/coordinated micro-processor control at the-knee and ankle- with ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode). The ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode) is designed to automatically control knee and ankle flexion for stable standing following a gait termination event. This feature increases resistance to flexion at the knee as soon as the foot is stationary (ankle static acceleration drops to zero) and essentially makes knee/ankle locked when terminating gait on declined surface. In turn it provides secure, comfortable weight distribution on both prosthetic and intact sides. In order to introduce a fair and objective assessment about the LiNX efficacy, it has been decided to investigate its biomechanical effects compared to using a TF prosthesis with passive hydraulic knee and ankle (i.e. LiNX with microprocessor inactive).

In this thesis, I aspire to promote a deep comprehension of gait termination task and present an objective scientific evaluation of the impact on gait biomechanics of using a LiNX limb system. Different studies were conducted through various experimental setups; a pilot study involved the participation of one able bodied individual, which was followed by data collection of a control group of nine able-body participants. The core studies included participation of a number of transfemoral amputees who were asked to perform gait termination on a ramp and overground using the LiNX when the microprocessor was switched off (inactive) and switch on (active).

To determine how use of a LiNX active compared to inactive effected the biomechanics of gait termination when walking down ramps and overground. The specific aims were to determine:

1. The percentage/relative contribution of the intact limb (penultimate step) and prosthetic limb (final step) in reducing the centre of mass forward velocity during the two steps of gait termination
2. The postural adjustment and centre of mass dynamics during the two steps of gait termination.
3. The relative contribution of ankle, knee and hip kinematics and kinetics during the two steps of gait termination.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Centre of Mass Dynamics and Control during Gait Termination in Trans-Femoral Amputees: Impact of Combined Microprocessor Control of the Knee and Ankle Zahra Abdul Hassan, 02 November 2016

Date: 02 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Zahra Abdul Hassan

Abstract:

The general aim of this thesis is to investigate the biomechanical adaptations used by transfemoral amputees during gait termination when descending a ramp. The main focus is to evaluate the effectiveness of an above the knee prosthetic that uses combined/coordinated micro-processor control at the-knee and ankle- with ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode). The ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode) is designed to automatically control knee and ankle flexion for stable standing following a gait termination event. This feature increases resistance to flexion at the knee as soon as the foot is stationary (ankle static acceleration drops to zero) and essentially makes knee/ankle locked when terminating gait on declined surface. In turn it provides secure, comfortable weight distribution on both prosthetic and intact sides. In order to introduce a fair and objective assessment about the LiNX efficacy, it has been decided to investigate its biomechanical effects compared to using a TF prosthesis with passive hydraulic knee and ankle (i.e. LiNX with microprocessor inactive).
In this thesis, I aspire to promote a deep comprehension of gait termination task and present an objective scientific evaluation of the impact on gait biomechanics of using a LiNX limb system. Different studies were conducted through various experimental setups; a pilot study involved the participation of one able bodied individual, which was followed by data collection of a control group of nine able-body participants. The core studies included participation of a number of transfemoral amputees who were asked to perform gait termination on a ramp and overground using the LiNX when the microprocessor was switched off (inactive) and switch on (active).
To determine how use of a LiNX active compared to inactive effected the biomechanics of gait termination when walking down ramps and overground. The specific aims were to determine:
1. The percentage/relative contribution of the intact limb (penultimate step) and prosthetic limb (final step) in reducing the centre of mass forward velocity during the two steps of gait termination
2. The postural adjustment and centre of mass dynamics during the two steps of gait termination.
3. The relative contribution of ankle, knee and hip kinematics and kinetics during the two steps of gait termination.

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.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Drying Shrinkage Strains Behaviours of Self-Compacting Concrete Mrs. Jamila Abdalhmid, 19 October 2016

Date: 19 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mrs. Jamila Abdalhmid

Abstract:

The main aims of this PhD project is to investigate the free and confined drying shrinkage behaviour of SCC compared that of normal conventional concrete (NCC) and develop a computer model using ANN for prediction of drying shrinkage strains of SCC, using collected comprehensive database from different sources in the literature, and to analyse the effect of key parameters considered in this study on the dying shrinkage of SCC
As well as, more rational computational model will be also developed based on equations available in literature for drying shrinkage.

Informal Seminar by Professor Marian Gheorghe Professor Marian Gheorghe (Chairperson), 19 October 2016

Date: 19 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Marian Gheorghe (Chairperson)

This is an informal seminar where ALL staff members are invited to participate. The anticipated topics are: preparation to the forthcoming REF submissiojn: publications (individuals & groups), research money, external funding by research transfer, co-operation with industry ...

Please show interest, attend, listen with a view to contributing according to and in areas where your strength lies.

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.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Behaviour of Continuous Concrete Beams Reinforced with Hybrid GFRP/Steel Bars Mr. Almahdi Araba, 05 October 2016

Date: 05 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Almahdi Araba

Abstract:

A hybrid system consisting of both FRP and steel reinforcement is proposed. Such reinforcement system shows improved serviceability and ductility, and enhancement of load-carrying capacity compared to traditional reinforcement.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Behaviour of Demountable Shear Connectors in a Composite Beam Mr. Naveed Rehman, 21 September 2016

Date: 21 September 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Naveed Rehman

Abstract:

The project is about to check the feasibility of demountable shear connectors as an alternative to welded shear connectors through push off tests and a full scale composite beam test. This project will explore the strength, ductility and stiffness of demountable shear connectors. This new form of demountable shear connector would allow the steel beam to be reused after dismantling the composite floor structure.

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

Building Mobile Apps Steven Hadley, Solutions Architect, Sky Betting and Gaming, 15 June 2016

Date: 15 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.23
Speaker: Steven Hadley, Solutions Architect, Sky Betting and Gaming

Abstract:

In this talk Steven Hadley will provide tips on how to get started in mobile apps development. Steven will go through a number of recent mobile projects he has worked on; including streaming music services, gambling apps and ultra-secure banking terminals. In this session you will learn about skills and technologies needed for mobile app development, as well as how to identify promising, meaningful and manageable projects that will help you succeed in your career as a Mobile App Developer.

Bio:

Steven Hadley is a technologist with 19 years experience in the IT industry including mobile, telecommunications, gambling, media, finance, retail and law. Starting his career at British Telecoms research headquarters in the UK working on global tracking systems, Steven has since worked on many apps and websites, including Sky Betting and Gaming products, Sony Australia’s streaming music service Songl, Foxtel’s mobile TV guides, Astro On-The-Go video on demand service, Hutchison 3G’s mobile portal and bt.com.

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

Book a place here

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.

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