Past Meeting Notices – 2019

 

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May 2009 meeting:

The Data Science Revolution - A User's Guide

Our guest speaker for May is Michael Brand, whose career has been centred on data in all its forms. The topic of digital disruption through data analytics is nowadays continuously in the news. But what is data analytics? How is it done? What value is gained from it? And with all the terms thrown around – Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Predictive Analytics – where does the hype end and reality begin? In this talk, Michael will make some order in the mess, clarifying both the technical realities of advanced analytics and its business realities, and will lay out a roadmap of how any organisation can make data part of its business strategy.

Michael Brand is the founder and head of the analytics consultancy firm Otzma Analytics, providing analytics training, consulting and auditing. He has had over 25 years of cutting-edge, international industry experience in advanced analytics, in which he developed industry-defining solutions at every scale from on-chip to Big Data, and from real-time to high-powered computing.

After the break Tim McQueen will continue his series of fascinating and scintillating chats about a varied and eventful career in computing / EDP / MIS / IT or whatever it will be called next year!

Agenda
 
    7:00 sharp. Meeting start, MC is Peter Bacon

    Guest speaker Michael Brand.

    President’s report - John Hall

    Social break.

    Q and A with George Skarbek.

    Tim McQueen.

    What’s New? with George Skarbek.

    9:30: Close.


April 2019 Meeting:

Our guest speaker this month is Tim Dunlop and his topic is "The Future of Work". The future of work is inseparable from the future of technology. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, 3D printing and other breakthroughs are changing the work we do and therefore changing our society in other ways too. In this talk, author Tim Dunlop will give an overview of these changes and discuss some of the key challenges that are likely to confront us over the next 20 years.
   
Tim Dunlop is the author of three books, all of which have won international recognition. He is regularly invited to speak with governments, businesses and other organisations, in Australia and overseas, offering insights into politics, the media and the future of work. His latest book is The Future of Everything: Big, Audacious Ideas for a Better World.

Something new ….

After the break we are trying something new. Steve Zuluaga and Hugh Macdonald are both keen photographers but with very different approaches. They will have a public discussion about digital photography. Everyone will be welcome to join in.

Agenda

    7:00 sharp. Meeting start, MC is Peter Bacon

    President’s report, John Hall

    Guest speaker Tim Dunlop;

    Social break. We are continuing the “cafe style” layout;

    We will hold a short forum discussion about possibly installing a hearing loop in the main meeting     room.

    Q and A with George Skarbek;

    Steve Zuluaga and Hugh Macdonald will have an open, informal chat about digital photography.

    What’s New? with George Skarbek. An interesting roundup of computer and technology news from around the world.

    9:30: Close


March 2019 Meeting:

Our special guest speaker this month is Professor Graham Farr, who will be telling us about William (Bill) Tutte. Tutte was a contemporary of Alan Turing, working at Bletchley Park at the same time during WW2.

Graham Farr is a Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He is co-convenor of the Discrete Mathematics Research Group and leads Computer History Tours of Melbourne, a day-long tour that combines walking and tram travel to visit a selection of places in Melbourne with links to the history of computing.

Meeting agenda

7:00 sharp. Meeting start, MC is Peter Bacon.

President’s report, John Hall.

Guest speaker Graham Farr.

Social break. We are continuing the “cafe style” layout.

John Swale: Special announcement about committee

Q and A with George Skarbek.

Former club treasurer and secretary  Geoff Keenan will tell us about the NAS (Network Attached Storage) he has built at home, which provides 18TB of instantly available space to the devices in his house.

What’s New? with George Skarbek. An interesting roundup of computer and technology news from around the world.

9:30: Close.


February 2019 Meeting

Our Guest Speaker is James Harland, Associate Dean, Student Experience, in the School of Science at RMIT University, where he has been an academic staff member since 1994. He is also a Professor of Computational Logic, and has an international reputation for his research into logic programming, automated reasoning, agent programming and computer science education.

His current research interests include reasoning methods for intelligent software agents, which deliberate over the appropriate courses of action to take in order to achieve their specific goals (such as the Mars rover), development of methods for managing interactive narratives via computational reasoning, investigation of abstract computational models such as universal Turing machines, and investigation of threshold concepts for theoretical computer science.

Meeting Agenda

7:00 sharp. Meeting start, MC is Peter Bacon

Stephen Zuluaga will deliver the President’s report as John Hall is unable to attend;

Guest speaker James Harland

Social break. We are continuing the “cafe style” layout.

Q and A with George Skarbek.

An overview of our new QR attendance management system. Rob Brown will describe the hardware, and Peter Boin will outline the front-end   software that feeds into the CiviCRM membership management system.

What’s New? with George Skarbek. An interesting roundup of computer and technology news from around the world;

9:30: Close.