BCS Edinburgh

The monthly meeting of the Edinburgh branch of the BCS is open to the public, free of charge, no registration needed.

Professional Awareness Courses are priced to be affordable to all.

  • The Internet of Things and Cyber Security
    Wednesday 7th March 2018, 6:30 pm.

    Speaker: Roger Whiteley, Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer

    Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

    Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

    Synopsis
    Just what is the Internet of Things?
    • How can the Internet of Things control your smart home?
    • What are the security issues when you use Wi-Fi door locks?
    • Will a smart meter save me money?
    • What is the future for smart TVs?
    • Seen the ads for Hive- used to control your heating from anywhere on the world?
    • Are smart tin openers just part of the hype cycle?
    • Is the future here?
    • Is the future secure?
    • How do you stop your toaster being controlled by a hacker in Kyrgyzstan?

    This presentation is an ongoing Work in Progress as we discover and discuss real life security issues that vendors and suppliers have inflicted on the market. Using examples such as Home Control Systems,...

  • Are Friends Electric? Our Future Lives with Robots
    The BCS Edinburgh Branch Sidney Michaelson Memorial Lecture (about Sidney Michaelson)

    In partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

    Saturday 31st March 2018, 15:00 pm - 16:30 pm

    Speaker: Prof Tony Prescott, Director of Sheffield Robotics

    Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland.

    Tickets for this event must be purchased from the EISF here

    Synopsis
    From books and TV to movies and games, our lives are full of images of our possible future lives with robots - some appealing, some nightmarish, some simply weird. What might future robots be like and might we want to be friends with them? Why are we so fascinated with robots anyway, and what does this tell us about ourselves? Join Prof Tony Prescott, psychologist, neuroscientist, and director of Sheffield Robotics, to explore how far we've come in creating the robots of our science fiction dreams, where we might get to in the future, and whether...