Scotland Data Science & Technology MeetUp: Prof Bill Buchanan OBE, PhD, FBCS & Robin Huggins - MBN Solutions

Presentation 1

Prof Bill Buchanan OBE, PhD, FBCS ( -Data, Health and Well-being: Security, Sharing and Analytics

This Meetup will outline how data can drive improved health care and well-being, and outline a range of research projects which use data as a key driver for improved care. This includes data capture of well-being information within the home, and how this can be used to detect citizens at risk. The event will also outline new architectures and methodologies for the sharing of health and social care data across the agencies involved within the care of the citizen. Along with this, though, there are increased requirements to integrate security into data capture, storage, analysis and reporting. The security and resilience issue will be heightened with forthcoming GDPR and NIS regulations, and where organisations need to look at new methods in protecting their data infrastructure.

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy ( Overall he has published over 250 academy papers and 27 textbooks, and has a number of patents. His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, Blockchain, e-Health, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (; Symphonic Software (; and Cyan Forensics ( Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. Full agenda and 2nd speaker to be added asap.

Presentation 2

Robin Huggins - MBN Solutions -

Data Scientist 2.0 -

Rob will discuss MBN’s findings from last year’s Data Lab MSc. Placement Programme, including the importance of domain expertise in the Data Scientist 2.0’s toolkit and what the Scottish Data Science landscape looks like in terms of demand for technologies, software and techniques.

Location - Edinburgh Napier, Merchiston Campus

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Prof Bill Buchanan OBE, PhD, FBCS (
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM: Q & A Session
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM: Robin Huggins - MBN Solutions -
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM Q & A Session
8.30 - 9.00 PM: Networking and Drinks

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This is a group for anyone interested in Data Science, Big Data, Analytics and Technology trends. We started this group to build a community to discuss general insights into the market and share personal experiences of working and operating in this area. We hope to cover skills shortages, technological advancements and organisational implications in Data Science and Technology during our series of meetups. All skill levels are welcome.