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  • 22 October 2019 12:00-13:00. Dr Styliani Kleanthous, Open University of Cyprus.

    Information School level 3: Digital Media Lab rm 324.

    "Fairness in Proprietary Image Tagging Algorithms".

    Abstract

    Image analysis algorithms have become indispensable in the modern information ecosystem. Beyond their early use in restricted domains (e.g., military, medical), they are now widely used in consumer applications and social media enabling functionality that users take for granted.
    Recently image analysis algorithms, have become widely available as Cognitive Services. This practice is proving to be a boon to the development of applications where user modeling, personalization and adaptation are required. But while tagging APIs offer developers an inexpensive and convenient means to add functionality to their creations, most are opaque and proprietary and there are numerous social and ethical issues surrounding their use in contexts where people can be harmed. In this talk, I will disc...

  • ‘Big Data’ and ‘Data Scientist’ may seem like rebadged technology and a modern-day job title, but they are a must for all manufacturers to understand. This is the direction the industry is taking right now.

    In this informal session, the second in the AMRC’s Digital Meet Manufacturing campaign, Technical Lead at the Integrated Manufacturing Group Kieran Edge will present how we’re working with international manufacturers to solve problems and how that data collected throws up new problems.

    As we connect more devices, collect more data and understand the value from that data, the volume of it will continue to grow exponentially. This means new skills are needed to organise that data. The time for this is now, not the future, but it does not come without its problems.

    Digital Meet Manufacturing is the AMRC’s campaign to lead the way in connecting digital and manufacturing together in a way that benefits both sectors.

  • The bi-monthly Podcast Rebellion meetup, in collaboration with the Sheffield Podcasters Network, returns for October.

    Beer, food, and podcast chat - sounds like heaven, right?

    With speakers being announced for most of the events, you're sure to have fun in a friendly, informal setting where everyone is there for the love of podcasting! :)

  • Open evenings every Fri 6pm-9pm

    Sheffield Hackspace is a non-profit, member-run hackspace for central Sheffield. Together we’re building a workshop and community to help people get involved in “the creative use of technology and tools for projects in fields such as computing, robotics, machining, technology, digital art or electronic art“.

    We’re interested in whatever our members are interested in! Such as electronics (including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and ESP8266), 3D printing and CAD, laser cutting, textiles (including clothing and kites), crafts, woodwork and metalwork, LoRaWAN and IoT, robotics and machine learning, photography...

    We’re always keen for new people to join who can swap ideas, learn from each other, and build new things. All skill levels welcome!

    Additionally we’re open every other Saturday from 11am - 6pm, and check out our website www.sheffieldhackspace.org.uk for info on the various interest groups that meet throughout the week.

  • If you've got ideas or feedback that you'd like to share, please come along to our informal open forum.

    About this Event
    Last year, we held the first Sheffield Digital Festival - it was an experiment which we pulled together in a short time. Thanks to the positive response we've had from the community, we're planning to do it again next year. But we want to make sure that it's an event that is shaped by the city's digital and creative communities. We want to know what you think the Festival should be and how it should take shape.

    If you've got ideas or feedback that you'd like to share, please come along to our informal open forum. It will be a chance to meet, talk and kick around ideas for how the Festival should evolve. We also want to form a small steering group to take the Festival forward, so please come along if you think you might be interested in being part of that. This is a great opportunity to help shape the agenda and put Sheffield’s creative and digital industries i...

  • Version 1 happens on 29/10/19 at Electric Works. It's free to attend; we provide free beers and soft drinks; and we'll be hosting talks from DeepCrawl's Ruth Everett and Jen Hoffman, Delete's Polly Pospelova, Rise at Seven's Stephen Kenwright, Front End Sheffield/Monzo's Katie Fenn and Sitebulb's Patrick Hathaway.

  • This will be a technical talk explaining how private keys and addresses work in Bitcoin. You know, the things you use to send and receive bitcoins from your wallet.

    It will give you the answers to questions like:

    * What is a private key, public key, and address?
    * Where do they come from?
    * Can you generate the same address as someone else?
    * What are digital signatures and how do they work?
    * What can I do if I lose my private keys?

    This is going to be one of the most technical talks so far, but it's full of cool diagrams and simplified explanations, so don't be afraid to come along even if you think you're a beginner.

    However, I should mention that this talk isn't going to be terribly useful if you're just looking for advice on getting started with bitcoin (e.g. buying and storage). I'm planning on doing an introductory talk on "Bitcoin Basics" in January instead. This one is another deep-dive in to the inner-workings of the technology, so that you can have a better understanding...

  • Open evenings every Fri 6pm-9pm

    Sheffield Hackspace is a non-profit, member-run hackspace for central Sheffield. Together we’re building a workshop and community to help people get involved in “the creative use of technology and tools for projects in fields such as computing, robotics, machining, technology, digital art or electronic art“.

    We’re interested in whatever our members are interested in! Such as electronics (including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and ESP8266), 3D printing and CAD, laser cutting, textiles (including clothing and kites), crafts, woodwork and metalwork, LoRaWAN and IoT, robotics and machine learning, photography...

    We’re always keen for new people to join who can swap ideas, learn from each other, and build new things. All skill levels welcome!

    Additionally we’re open every other Saturday from 11am - 6pm, and check out our website www.sheffieldhackspace.org.uk for info on the various interest groups that meet throughout the week.

  • Monday, November 4, 2019, 10:00-11:00, Regent Court RC 204

    Reflections of an IS Career Researcher - Prof. Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong

    Prof. Davison's published work well exceeds 200 papers in prestigious academic journals and conference proceedings. In this seminar, he will provide some highlights of his research on knowledge management and the use of information systems within primarily Chinese organisations and SMEs, with a focus on the most interesting and important aspects.

  • November's SmartSheffield Meetup focusses on the Future of Mobility!

    Moving people and goods around cities is of course a longstanding problem, and a ubiquotiuous aspect of 'smartcity' thinking. Urban design in the 20th century was heavily shaped by new personal and mass transport technologies, along with retail and consumer behaviours. As these driving forces change in the 21st century, how will cities adapt to them and is retrofitting new mobility capabilities even possible?

    We're looking forward to thinking and talking about these issues, and will announce our speaker lineup very shortly as well!

    If you have something you would like to contribute to the programme, please get in touch!

    As always, there will be a meeting of the Sheffield Things Network beforehand at 5pm, please take a look at the TTN Sheffield community page for details, and register for the meeting by choosing the corresponding ticket type when you book for the main SmartSheffield meetup.

    Please also n...

  • This event will be split into two parts, Simon Painter presenting Functional Programming in C# and the second half will be Steve Collins presenting .NET Configuration Easy ... Right?.

    📅 Agenda
    - 👋 Welcome
    - 🗑️ Housekeeping
    - 👨‍🏫 Functional Programming in C#
    - 🍕 Food/Drinks
    - 👨‍🏫 .NET Configuration Easy ... Right?
    - 🍻 Social @ www.sheffieldtap.com

    👉 Functional Programming in C#
    Functional Programming is becoming increasingly popular and relevant with each year that goes by. With so much discussion around languages such as F#, Haskell, and Erlang - it can seem as though getting started with Functional programming would mean first learning a whole new syntax... but what if it didn't?

    Most .NET developers are familiar with the use of Linq, and basic constructs such as IEnumerable, Func delegates, arrow functions, and ternary expressions - but did you know that you can use all of this to implement some of the most powerful patterns and techniques from the world of functional prog...

  • We have 3 confirmed speakers covering -
    - AI derived multifactorial authentication
    - AI in IoT
    - AI in behavioural monitoring
    Beer and pizza after

    Register here -
    www.eiseverywhere.com;

  • In this day and age Cyber Security is growing more and more important, join us in Sheffield for a free event discussing the challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security. Refreshments and food will be provided.

  • Welcome to GoSheffield! This is where the Go community in Sheffield meets once a month to talk about cool hacks and interesting technology.

    This month is Go's 10th anniversary since being open-sourced! We'll have a special celebration together, featuring special swag to give away. The meetup will start at 18:10, featuring:

    * Golang Q&A - Todd McLeod
    * What I've learned writing Go for a year - Hayden Faulds

    Please get in touch with the organisers if you'd like to give one yourself. All topics and levels of experience are welcome!

    Food and drinks will be provided for all attendees, courtesy of our sponsors.

    We are always looking for more sponsors and venues - if you know someone that can help us keep our gophers fed and happy, please get in touch!

    Please note that all attendees and sponsors are required to follow the Go code of conduct (golang.org).

    Venue: www.shefftechparks.com

  • Open evenings every Fri 6pm-9pm

    Sheffield Hackspace is a non-profit, member-run hackspace for central Sheffield. Together we’re building a workshop and community to help people get involved in “the creative use of technology and tools for projects in fields such as computing, robotics, machining, technology, digital art or electronic art“.

    We’re interested in whatever our members are interested in! Such as electronics (including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and ESP8266), 3D printing and CAD, laser cutting, textiles (including clothing and kites), crafts, woodwork and metalwork, LoRaWAN and IoT, robotics and machine learning, photography...

    We’re always keen for new people to join who can swap ideas, learn from each other, and build new things. All skill levels welcome!

    Additionally we’re open every other Saturday from 11am - 6pm, and check out our website www.sheffieldhackspace.org.uk for info on the various interest groups that meet throughout the week.

  • Following the successful return of ProductTank Sheffield in September, we wanted to keep up the momentum and hold another meetup before the Christmas period.

    We're pleased to confirm that our next edition will be hosted at the home of Twinkl, who look forward to welcoming everyone to their Ecclesall Road event space on Thursday 21st November.

  • The biggest entrepreneurial event is back in Sheffield! Join us on a journey from Friday evening to Sunday evening and build a business in 55 hours! We make sure that the surrounding environment is perfect for building a startup as we provide seven amazing meals, coaching and mentoring throughout the weekend and moral support if needed! Let's celebrate and build together Sheffield's startup ecosystem!

  • Urbans Flows Observatory and Sheffield Technology Parks are offering funding and support for projects that can help Sheffield become more sustainable, happy and healthy, using datasets linked to the city’s energy and resource flows.

    You can register as an individual or a team to participate in the following Urban Flows Data Hack sessions:

    Fri 22 Nov, 6pm-8pm: Preview Talks: find out about urban flows and the available datasets.

    Sat 23 Nov: 9:30am-7pm: Data Hack: explore, experiment and create something interesting with data.

    Successful ideas explored at the main hack will get a share of £50,000, plus a package of support to help commercialise their project and turn it into a business.

  • Developing bespoke elearning: How to achieve your goals and maximise ROI

    A whistle-stop tour of the technology, skills, processes and potential pitfalls involved in bespoke elearning production. This workshop will equip participants to make informed decisions and sound investments.

    Elearning offers huge benefits. As well as cutting delivery and travel costs, it provides convenience, scalability, flexibility and geographical reach.

    But if what your organisation does is specialist, or you need very specific material, you may need to invest in developing your own courses.

    If your organisation is considering creating bespoke elearning, this workshop will help you understand your options and identify the best way forward for your learners, budget and business model.

    Delivered by elearning experts from Sheffield-based Can Studios, this workshop will cover:

    - what elearning types might best meet your needs
    - what skills, tools and technologies are needed
    - how to assess...

  • Title of the talk to be confirmed

  • 29 November 2019 12:00-13:00. Vanessa Lopez, IBM.

    Information School level 2: Room 204.

    "Extracting actionable knowledge from healthcare policies".

    Abstract

    The abundance of digital information gives an unprecedented opportunity to use data science in domains such as health and social care. However, the real value of the data is in the information and knowledge that we are able to surface and materialise. Knowledge Graphs (KGs) emerged as a unifying technology that facilitates the aggregation and representation of data from multiple and diverse data sources, both inspired by, and influencing, research in areas such as AI, cognitive computing, the Semantic Web, Search, Question Answering and Information Extraction. In this talk, I will provide a perspective from my journey and experience in adopting research in KGs and related areas to address significant problems in the healthcare industry through two use cases.
    The first scenario, Fraud, Waste and Abuse in healthcare, acc...

  • December is a time for winding down, so we'll be having some Xmas drinks at Bamboo Door and food at Aagrah (www.aagrah.com).

    We'll be booking a table at Aagrah so we'll need to get numbers ASAP.

    We will plan to meet at the pub Bamboo Door (www.bamboodoor.co.uk) then we'll head to Aagrah (www.aagrah.com) for 7:30pm.

  • Following our continued success of the lightning talks, we are hosting another round! We will be having 6 speakers doing a 10-15 minute lightning talks, if you would like to get involved please message me on meetup or twitter.

    A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or a similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session, sometimes called a data blitz.

    (en.wikipedia.org)

    Agenda:

    Slot 1 - Consul and Traefik - Brad Gyton

    Slot 2 - Feature Management in .NET - Kevin Smith ( @kev_bite )

    Slot 3 - Chrome DevTools Tricks - Danny Jones ( @dfjones )

    Slot 4 - TBA - Michael Steele ( @steelemck )

    Slot 5 - Browser UI Testing - Chris Amery

    Slot 6 - AWS lambda with C# - James Charlesworth ( @jcharlesworthuk )

  • This event will be split into two parts, Andy Carter presenting The Dramatic History of the Web Browser and the second half will be TBA presenting TBC.

    👉 **The Dramatic History of the Web Browser with Andy Carter**

    Microsoft announced at the end of 2018 that it was building a new browser-based on Chromium. It will join an ever-growing list of web browsers that are built on Google’s open-source Chromium project. With Google Chrome’s own share of the browser market continuing to grow does this mean Google has won the ‘browser wars’ and are comparisons with Microsoft’s once-dominant Internet Explorer fair? Now seems like a good time to re-examine the history of the web browser.

    Starting with its humble beginnings amongst the international physics community we'll trace the browser’s journey through three decades of progress up to the present day. It's a story rife with competing corporations, lawsuits and surprise plot twists. Does history repeat itself and what could happen next to the...

  • This event will be split into two parts, Peter Gallagher presenting IoT with nothing but your Laptop and the second half will be David Whitney presenting Clouds, Microservices, and the Brittleness of Architecture.

    👉 IoT with nothing but your Laptop

    Although the cost of IoT hardware has reduced dramatically over the last few years, you still need to choose the right IoT option, figure out what accessories it needs, order it all from Amazon and wait for it to arrive. By that point, you’ve moved on to something else entirely, so it sits in a cupboard drawer for a year and a half before you get back around to thinking about it…. Then you realise that you need some components and wires… Back in the drawer it goes!

    With the advent of HTML 5, so comes the ability to simulate a lot of IoT Kit right there in your web browser. Pete will take you through a few online simulators for IoT technology, which will give you a head start into the world of IoT. This way you can forgo all the procrastin...