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Dear %Field:Title% %LastName%;

Welcome to the November 2006 edition of the BCS Oxfordshire newsletter.

This month we include a couple of non-BCS items which we think might be of interest to members - scroll down for more details.

Web Competition home page We hope to see you at our November meeting on extending applications for mobile use, and please put 7 December in your diary for what should be an excellent Christmas lecture.

And don't forget to tell any school age children you know to make sure that their school signs-up for a no-obligation information pack about the 2007 Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition.
next event 16 November: Extending existing applications for secure mobile use - how tough can that be?

Industry analyst research reflects that mobile working is a key priority for European enterprises this year.
Stef Coetzee, Senior VP International, NetMotion Wireless, will cover the many challenges which include performance and reliability, network coverage - and keeping those corporate bean-counters happy..

RIGB event 15 November: Royal Institution lecture: William Shockley - creator of the electronic age

It's 50 years since William Shockley won a Nobel prize for inventing the transistor. But he is also remembered for one of the most vicious controversies in modern science. In this lecture at Science Oxford, drawing on unique archive access, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel N Shurkin gives an unflinching account...

careers OSS Watch Research Officer (Software Development)

Have you presented at open source and/or user group events?
Have you had a hand in organizing or running them?

Do you have a track record of writing HowTos, FAQs and/or user guides?
Do you regularly respond to queries on public mailing lists and/or bulletin boards?

If your answers are yes and you have a computer science degree or equivalent experience you may be interesting in this opening for a Research Officer at OUCS.

Christmas Lecture 7 December Branch Christmas Lecture 2006: The Machine That Enjoys Christmas: Whither Machine Consciousness?

download Christmas lecture posterOur Christmas lecturer, Professor Igor Aleksander, is emeritus professor of Neural Systems Engineering at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College and frequently appears on radio and televion interviews.
He will demonstrate some of his own work on visual consciousness based on brain modelling. This includes a consideration of emotions - so the machine might indeed enjoy Christmas!

Click on the image for a copy of the pdfposter.


Adrian Walmsley
Webmaster and email co-ordinator
BCS Oxfordshire Branch

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Coming Events etc

- 15 November: William Shockley: creator of the electronic age

- 16 November: Extending existing applications for secure mobile use- how tough can that be?

- 7 December: BCS Oxfordshire Branch Christmas Lecture 2006. The Machine That Enjoys Christmas: Whither Machine Consciousness?

- Full Branch Programme

- Web Competition Press Release

- BCS Events Calendar


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