This talk on Machine Learning & AI (Artificial Intelligence) and will examine how the capability of the underlying technology is rapidly increasing and what this could mean for potential applications and the impact on people.
Nigel Toon is co-founder and Chairman & CEO of Graphcore Ltd. Graphcore is a new silicon and systems company based in Bristol, UK and Palo Alto, USA that has developed the Intelligent Processing Unit to accelerate machine learning and AI applications.
Nigel was CEO of two VC-backed silicon companies before founding Graphcore; Picochip, which was sold to Mindspeed in 2012 and most recently, XMOS, in which Graphcore was incubated for two years before being established as a separate entity in 2016. Before that he was co-founder of Icera, a 3G/4G cellular modem chip company, where he led Sales and Marketing and was on the Board of Directors. Icera was sold to NVIDIA in 2011 for $435M. Prior to Icera, he was Vice President and General Manger at Altera Corporation where he spent 13 years and was responsible for establishing and building the European business unit that grew to over $400m annual revenues. He is the author of 3 patents, is chairman of the Board of Directors at XMOS Ltd and a non-executive director at Imagination Technologies PLC.
Professor Jim Smith is Professor of Interactive Artificial Intelligence at the University of the West of England (UWE). After taking an MA.in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, he worked in various industrial sectors before returning to academia at UWE, where he took his PhD and now leads the Artificial Intelligence Research Group. He has published extensively on many aspects of theoretical and applied Artificial Intelligence, works which have been cited over 8000 times and have won awards such as the 2001 ACM-SIGEVO prize for papers which are ‘deemed to be seminal’. He has led a number of successful projects concerning the hybridisation of metaheuristic approaches with machine learning, and mathematical approaches funded by the EC, EPSRC, governmental agencies from the UK, US and Brazil, and commercial partners.
Recently his research has increasingly focussed on collaborative human-machine problem-solving, and how machines can deal with the fact that people are not oracles”, but rather are fallible, prone to fatigue and distraction, and are themselves adaptive - often changing their judgements or opinions as their experience changes.
The original Software Craftsmanship conference is back in a brand new format. People who participated in SC2009-2013 all told us the best thing about the conference was meeting likeminded developers who care about their craft, and getting to spend time pairing and sharing ideas and techniques - especially in the breaks, or in the breakout areas.
So, at SC2016, we creating one big breakout area and tearing up the schedule.
Barclay Rae is an experienced ITSM consultant, analyst and writer. He has worked on approximately 500 ITSM projects over the last 25 years, and writes blogs, research and white papers on ITSM topics for a variety of industry organisations and vendors. Barclay is currently working as interim CEO for ITSMF UK. He has worked for a number of ITSM organisations, and he delivers strategic ITSM consultancy, as well as media analyst services to the ITSM industry. He and has recently been a co-architect of the new ITIL practitioner scheme with Axelos, plus he is a co-author of the SDI certification standards.
This presentation will concentrate on the issues and opportunities raised by the use of Agile practices in the development of high-integrity software, based on the scientific literature, two major projects, and our own understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes, standards and markets. In particular, we'll look at the assumptions that underpin the Agile manifesto and where these seem to conflict with best-practice in high-integrity development.
Conversely, we'll consider some opportunities where an Agile approach could be significantly improved by the adoption of high-integrity practices.
This talk is about 'Cyber Resilience' a crucially important discipline and skill in today’s world, which goes beyond the theory of IT security. Maggie will explain why cyber resilience is growing in importance for every organisation, and every member of staff, not just the IT department. Maggie will also explain the important role that IT needs to play.
The talk will introduce AXELOS's new qualification scheme RESILIA focused on best practice for managing cyber resilience, based on the collective knowledge and experience of industry specialist experts. Knowing that 100% prevention of security incidents is no longer possible, RESILIA also focuses on processes and techniques for quick detection and effective recovery, and is aligned with ITIL. RESILIA also recognises that people are the weakest link when it comes to IT security, and it provides sound approaches for reducing these threats.
Everything we do carries risk. If we did not take risks, then we would not get out of bed in the morning. But how do we make risk based decisions? What is a risk worth taking? Does risk management impede or enable things to happen? Does Agile's approach to project management and software development in fact endanger the safety of an organization’s projects? How can the management of safety risk be 'agile' – would this not be conflicting? These are a few questions will be considered in the course of this presentation, along with some introductory teaching to the assessment of risk and its application to highly integrated or complex systems and software.