AGM

The Tayside and Fife branch of the BCS will be hosting our AGM on Friday 28th November at 1pm. This will be a virtual meeting, enabling members to connect remotely. If you would like to participate in this AGM, instructions for connecting to the GoTo meeting software can be found below:
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Event in St Andrews Monday 17th November at 12pm.

We are delighted to announce details of our next BCS Tayside and Fife speaker event in ST ANDREWS on Monday 17th November at 12pm.

We have two speakers lined up for the event and lunch will be provided.

The 1st speaker is Mr Steve Watt, CIO from St Andrews University who will talk about “Going for Gold:  The University of St Andrews Data Centre Consolidation and Virtualisation Project”. Initiated in 2010 with Steve Watt’s appointment as CIO at the University, the on-going project’s objective is to combat the significant IT-estate sprawl. It has involved consolidating some 400 servers distributed in 50 locations across the University’s 166-building estate across the town. In 2012, St Andrews signed up to CEEDA, (Certified Energy Efficient Data Centre Award), ran by the BCS.  In August 2012, at their first audit, the team achieved CEEDA GOLD, and two years on, await the results of their follow-up audit.  Taking part in the BCS’ CEEDA accreditation process has greatly benefited the University – and in Steve’s talk, he’ll explain why.  The project won the DCD EMEA Awards ‘IT Optimisation’ prize in 2012 and the Green IT project at the Holyrood Connect Awards in 2013.  It also saw Steve voted ICT Leader of the Year at the 2013 Holyrood Connect ICT Awards. Earlier this year, at the annual Datacentres Europe conference and awards in Monaco, the University was nominated as the winner for the category Participant:  European Code of Conduct on Data Centers.

The 2nd speaker is Dr Ishbel Duncan from the School of Computer Science who will talk about Advanced Persistent Threats: how hackers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to gain access to a specific target and typically remain undetected. The talk will explore different attack vectors and countermeasures. Ishbel gained her BSc from St Andrews and her PhD from Durham. The latter was in Mutation Analysis of Large Scale Code and she was funded by BT. She later became a Research Fellow with BT after a period in Australia working as a Research Fellow for AT&T. Both research positions were in software testing and this led to her interests in the education of programmers and in system security. Returning to St Andrews in 2000, she initially taught Software Engineering at both BSc and MSc level before focusing solely on Security. She is currently supervising three PhD students, all in the field of security (patterns, network virtualisation & Intelligent IDS) and is Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Computer Science.

The event will be held at: The Gateway , North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife , KY16 9RJ. The Gateway building is location 18 on the map (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/university/maps/wwwmap.pdf).  There are a number of nearby car parks – at Petheram Bridge.  There is also parking at the Old Course Hotel if the other car parks are busy.

The event is open to members and non-members, please circulate this to anyone you think would be interested in attending. The event is free but please sign-up on the website (https://events.bcs.org/book/1319/ ) so that we can gauge numbers for catering purposes. We look forward to seeing you there.

St Andrews Meeting

Strathmore Trophy

Euan Headridge attended this on behalf of the Branch and here is his summary of the event. I will ask for a list of the winners and publish on receipt.
The Nineteenth Strathmore Trophy was held at Dundee University on Monday 22nd June with sixteen teams from fifteen secondary schools from Stonehaven to Stirling attending with the majority of teams from closer at hand – Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire.
The task given to the teams was – design wearable technology on a Tee-shirt. All teams achieved this within their two hour time limit and this was not such an easy task as many teams had not worked together before the event.
In the main there were two types of product – a phone battery charger with mp3 player connections or a health wearable warning device such as warning of an acute illness phase – in this case for asthma attacks, or a 360 degree warning device for a blind or partially sighted person to replace their guide-dog or long cane.
There were also ‘hybrids’ a cycling shirt with turning indicators powered from the t-shirt with controls on the handlebars and an inbuilt U-V sensor to warn of risks of sun-burn.
There was a good spread of girls at the event and their teachers were conscious of trying to widen the appeal of IT and computing away from the male stereotype.
All of the teams throughly enjoyed the event and wished they could attend next year. Thanks must go to School of Computing at Dundee University for organising and hosting such a fun event.