Our talks programme.
Speakers always needed and appreciated.
|24 October 2013||tba||Volunteers please||Please volunteer to be a speaker or talk organiser.|
|26 September 2013||Hardware Security||Todd Williams||to follow|
|22 August 2013||Go Programming Language, golang.||Garry Bulmer||http://golang.org/|
|28 February 2013||Under the covers of Arduino||Garry Bulmer||to follow||http://www.arduino.cc/|
|24 January 2013||None Destructive Testing (NDT)||Charlie Fan||Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a corner stone in production line quality control and in service maintenance, their highly specific and demanding application challenges demands the best from the techniques and implementations employed to carry out the testing. Often have to utilise some clever but perhaps less safety conscious analogue electronics, and cutting edge engineering techniques such as 3D printing and laser micro machining. The boundary between hardware and software is also blurred by the introduction of FPGA (field-programmable gate array), in order to squeeze out the extra performance and flexibility. This talk will present the physics and the engineering techniques behind some of the past NDT research projects, and will also touch on some of the latest low temperature research based on the same physical principles of electromagnetics and acoustics, and similar electronics and signal analysis techniques used NDT applications.||Talk slides [46MB]|
|22 November 2012||Development of an Unmanned Aerial Inspection Vehicle||Stefan Winkvist||Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming increasingly popular for use in industry, research and the military. Most commercial UAV systems are, however, designed to be operated outdoors, relying heavily on accurate GPS data to either maintain their position or to move to their next waypoint. There are many scenarios where a UAV may need to be operated indoors, or within urban canyons, where GPS is either unreliable or unavailable. For example inspecting hazardous or structurally damaged buildings, where it would be dangerous for personnel to enter. In this scenario all current commercial UAV platforms would need to be manually flown by the operator, relying solely on first person view (FPV) video systems to control the UAV, avoid any collision risks, navigate the structure and complete the objectives of the flight. The aim of this project is to overcome these issues by developing a semi-autonomous UAV, which, using on-board sensors, maintains stable flight, avoids collisions and can locate and navigate itself within an unknown, GPS denied environment. Thereby significantly reducing the operators workload, as their task is shifted towards simply directing the UAV where to go as best to complete the mission objectives.||www.mobilerobotics.warwick.ac.uk/uav/||Expect a live demo!|
|25 October 2012||Earlang||Garry Bulmer||http://www.erlang.org/|
|27 September 2012||Humans Interfacing with Hardware||Ashley Brown||Awaiting abstract.||Ludic Rooms||Postponed for a future date. A TEDx related talk.|
|23 August 2012||Observing the Sun with a SCART cable.||Mark Edwards||How a PC can be turned into a radio telescope to observe the Sun using little more than a piece of wire.||Talk slides.||Also if people are interested there is an online SID monitor here:- http://sidstation.loudet.org/data-en.xhtml. The Keil longwave monitor is also interesting:- http://www.df3lp.de/ You can see the state of the Sun here:- http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/ Click on "space weather" and then "GOES X-Ray Flux" to see the Sun's X-ray output.|
|26 July 2012||Challenges and solutions in building a micromouse||David Hannaford||Talk slides|
|28 June 2012||Introduction to Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's)||Garry Bulmer|
|24 May 2012||Beyond Arduino||Garry Bulmer||He will be talking about the things he is interested in which are beyond the capabilities of an Arduino (even beyond an augmented Arduino). He will show Open Source tool chains, Open Source Hardware, and something which is approximately 10x-300x more powerful than an Arduino, but costs under £10 (ex VAT).|
|26 April 2012||Introduction and demonstration of the Raspberry PI||John Pinner.||The Raspberry Pi website.||Our inaugural meeting :)|
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