Sunday, 29 March 2020

Posters Galore: 'Do You Know The Impact of Your Software Choices?'

Frank Carver, PhD researcher at the University of Suffolk
"We have an insatiable appetite for software; more apps; more web and more data”, says Frank Carver, PhD researcher from the University of Suffolk. “Did you know that the ICT industry could use 20% of all electricity and emit up to 5.5% of the world’s carbon emissions by 2025? And that templates represent 40-50% of the total bytes on the web – growing at a rate of approximately 6% per year?”

Frank’s PhD research aims to find ways for software developers, architects and managers to make smarter choices about the long-term global impact of their work.

An initial feasibility study investigated the range of differences between solutions to a common problem: generating web pages from templates. A representative sample of libraries were put through a series of capability and performance test scenarios; results were analysed and compared and tests run multiple times under different loads.

The most significant finding to arise from the work so far is the surprising variety in capabilities and performance between apparently similar software libraries. For example, for some common operations, there was a 10,000 times difference between the best and the worst performers.

You can view Frank’s poster content here and read about the future research he has planned for the study and how you can get involved.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Keep your eyes peeled: Posters Galore for real

Following the cancellation of our conference we put our thinking hats on, of how we can get through those difficult times and making use of the fantastic contributions we had.

The end game is: We will give the conference 'Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate' another go in March 21. Most of our speakers have already committed their support, and with another year of planning - this conference will be unbeatable!

We will organise - let's hope it's going to happen - another conference in October tis year, on a hard core subject: 'Let's get Physical'. We'll leave you with this thought for now!

In the meantime it's Posters Galore!
The list of posters in our respective conference post from beginning of March is 20 long, and we will feature them here throughout the year. This is what Tommy Flowers Network is about: Connecting young researchers with their top level research to the world - in real life and virtually!

So, if you are not on this list, but would like to publish here on our blog whether it's a whitepaper, poster, or a do a Thought Leadership event, please fill in this Formwize.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

CANCELLED - Conference on 'Creating Value for Economies'


As the situation around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, BT is stepping up precautionary safety measures to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, we’re letting you know that unfortunately we have taken the decision to cancel the Tommy Flowers Network Conference on 24-25th March.

Apologies for any inconvenience the cancellation has caused.

Please look out for more information in the coming weeks about future conferences and thought leadership events.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Spring 2020 Conference Speaker: Hani Hagras, University of Essex

We are absolutely delighted to have Prof Hani Hagras, University of Essex, speaking on Day 2 at our Conference on 'Adding Value to Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate'.

Date: 24th - 25th March 2020
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:00 AM
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday, 24th March 2020
Fees: none
Register: Formwize

Hani Hagras is a Professor of Computational Intelligence, Director of Research and Director of the Computational Intelligence Centre in the University of Essex, UK. He is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
His major research interests are in Explainable Artificial Intelligence, computational intelligence and data science .

He has authored more than 350 papers in international journals, conferences and books. His work has received funding from major research councils and industry. He has also Ten industrial patents in the field of Explainable AI, computational intelligence and intelligent control.

His research has won numerous prestigious international awards where most recently he was awarded by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and also he has won the 2004 Outstanding Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. He was also awarded the 2015 and 2017 Global Telecommunications Business award for his joint project with British Telecom. In 2016, he was elected as Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. is work has also won best paper awards in several conferences including the 2014 and 2006 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and the 2012 UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence.

He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Robotics and Automation. He has  chaired several international conferences where IEEE International Symposium on Advances to Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems. He was also the General Co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy systems.

Speakers and Draft Agenda

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Spring 2020 Conference: Posters Galore

We are thrilled by the number of amazing poster submissions we received. 20 highly skilled young researchers will be presenting their posters on the afternoon of the first day of our conference on 'Adding Value to Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate'. Please registers below to hear what they have to say!

Date: 24th - 25th March 2020
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Conference Start: 09:30 AM
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday, 24th March 20
Fees: none
Register: Formwize

Poster Competition - 24th March, 13:30, The Hub, Adastral Park
  • Achilles Petras, BT, Converged QoE Network Forensics
  • Adam Broadbent, BT, NGPaaS (Next Generation Platform-as-a-Service)
  • Akinola Ogunsemi, Robert Gordon University, Ensemble-Based Data Relationship Discovery Framework in Supply Chain Business Processes
  • Arjuna Sathiaseelan, GAIUS Networks, GAIUS: Powering hyperlocal content ad ecosystems for communities
  • Dave Townend, University of Essex, A Statistical Framework for the UK’s Mobile Network
  • Dr Hannah Steventon and Professor Nicholas Caldwell, University of Suffolk, Smarter Suffolk: sensors and data for public services
  • Dr Jiejun Hu, University of Essex, Securing Software Defined Networks Through Blockchain Technology
  • Edward Austin, Lancaster University, Detecting Emergent Phenomena Within Streaming Data
  • Ergin Dinc, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Investigation of Launchers for Surface Wave Transmission Lines
  • Frank Carver, University of Suffolk, Do You Know The Impact of Your Software Choices?
  • Hugo Leon, University of Essex, Exploiting Mixed-Reality Technologies for Interacting with BIM models to Assist Onsite Activities
  • Mahsa Abazari Kia, University of Essex, Text Summarization of BT Order Journey Data
  • Matt Evans, ABER Electronics Ltd and the University of Essex, Wideband RF Over Fibre/IP
  • Matt Wallwork, BT, IoT for Assisted Living
  • Matthew Middlehurst, University of East Anglia, Improved detection of nuisance calls in-network using machine learning techniques
  • Panagiotis Kourouklidis, University of York, BT, Deploying and scaling models in Data science
  • Peter Gudde, University of Suffolk, A multi-dimensional analysis of smart energy systems – Towards developing a common framework for assessing the sustainability of local energy technologies in selected societal sectors
  • Rishiraj Sengupta, Teoco, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing in Wireless Networks, Within and Beyond
  • Shahin Salarian, University of Essex, Dual-beam Orthogonal Circular Polarized Antenna
  • Zichuan Zhao, University of Essex, Digital Twins for Asset Monitoring and Advanced Simulation
Please register for the conference below and meet those amazing researchers
Speakers and Draft Agenda

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Spring 2020 conference speaker: Dr Andrew Bourne, EPSRC-UKRI, Director Partnerships

We are proud to announce that we have Dr Andrew Bourne, EPSRC-UKRI, Director Partnerships as opening speaker of the first day at our conference on 'Adding Value to Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate'.

Date: 24th - 25th March 2020
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday, 24th March 20
Fees: none
Register: Formwize

Dr Andrew Bourne
Director Partnerships
Andrew leads EPSRC’s strategic interactions with key partners within the university, business, regional and international sectors to ensure that the EPSRC progresses its Delivery Plan Priority Framework and its desired outcomes.  Andrew also leads EPSRC Impact and Public Engagement activities.

Andrew is a member of the EPSRC Executive Board and currently the Project Director for the Rosalind Franklin Institute.
Previously Andrew has led:
  • The University Relationship portfolio as Deputy Director
  • The Physical Sciences Capability theme commissioning research and training within the fundamental chemistry, physics, and materials portfolio
See as well Andrew's LinkedIn Profile.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Thought Leadership Event: Dr Madeline Cheah on 'Cybersecurity for Future Mobility'

We are hosting a series of 'Thought Leadership Events' at Adastral Park and via WebEx.

Though Leadership Event
Speaker: Dr Madeline Cheah
Title: Cybersecurity for Future Mobility

This talk focuses on the future areas of cybersecurity in future mobility, including what the vehicle of the future might look like, the key enablers and what the cybersecurity implications are.
Madeline also identifies potential questions we would need answering when looking at the mobility ecosystem, especially because there will be new players and new perspectives. Finally, predictions of what security practitioners are dealing with, along with some of the solutions that are currently in progress, are being presented.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Spring 2020 conference speaker: Russell Beck, ImagineThinkDo

We are absolutely delighted to have Russell Beck from ImagineThinkDo speaking on 'The Future of Work' during the morning of the first day, at our conference on 'Adding Value to Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate'.

I heard Russell at a conference and just knew: We need him here!
Rika, TFNetwork Team

Date: 24th - 25th March 2020
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday, 24th March 20
Fees: none
Register: Formwize
Russell Beck
As an engineer Russell is not your average people-person. He couples a research-driven approach to people and work with an inspirational, charismatic and thought-provoking style. He connects dots in an informative way to help organisations take tangible actions to unlock the potential and productivity of their most expensive and most important asset, their people. Often acting as an agent provocateur, he captivates people, motivating them to think differently, providing the impetus to change and transform, enabling them to move quicker and further than they previously thought possible.

Russell is widely acknowledged as a thought leader across all aspects of talent management and people strategy; from the future of work, attraction, engagement and retention to belonging, meaning and individual productivity. He has consulted and supported boards and leadership teams of companies of all sizes - FTSE100, Fortune500, SMEs – and across many sectors – technology, engineering, pharma, retail, finance, hospitality, public, 3rd sector.

As a public speaker, Russell delivered the keynote talk at the 2020 launch of Vodafone’s BILL series (which was live-streamed globally), the annual conferences for ACAS HR Leaders, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Skillsnet Ireland, and has spoken at corporate events for GSK, The Planning Institute, John Lewis, Chartered Accountants Ireland, The NHS, The Institute of Occupational Medicine, Interserve and others.

A husband, father and runner and dog lover, Russell puts the same level of passion and energy into his home life as his professional one.

To quote a recent attendee: ‘Russell is one of business’s influential speakers and one of the most inspirational I have ever heard. He knows his stuff and his delivery is second to none captivating the room with thought-provoking content and engaging delivery. I guarantee he will keep your attention and focus throughout. If you have the chance to attend an event where Russell is speaking then I would urge you to do so because I am confident it will be a great use of your time.’

For more information please contact Russell Beck, Director of Inspiration, at ImagineThinkDo on or at 07710 898904.

About us
ImagineThinkDo is a small consultancy that inspires and challenges leaders to think differently about their people agendas and helps turn those thoughts into action.

We strongly believe that in a world where technology is all-consuming, what sets organisations apart is their people.

We are at our best when helping leaders tackle their people challenges by deepening their understanding so that they can imagine and define new ways of working and deliver tangible benefits.

The Talk: The Future of Work
The pace of change has never been this fast…..
…..and yet it will never be this slow again.
’ Justin Trudeau WEF Jan 2018

The world is changing and changing at an ever-faster rate. What seemed like science fiction only a decade ago today seems almost dated. On the one hand, increasing life expectancy means we cannot afford to retire until our 70’s or even 80’s and yet, on the other hand, the Chief Economist at the Bank of England states that 15m jobs within the UK are at risk of automation. It that context, how does a 50 or 60-year career even begin to make sense?

Whilst individually that may be challenging everything is changing for our employers as well. Globalisation, technology, brands, changing consumer choices, politics are all threatening business with competitors seemingly coming from nowhere overnight. It is all up in the air, it is all happening at once, and it is happening to all of us. From any perspective whether personal or corporate, we need to understand what is happening and prepare ourselves for what is coming next.

In this abridged version of the talk will briefly consider the global megatrends playing out in the world and then focus on how we can future-proof our careers. For every answer offered we will show you where it is already playing out as, after all, the science fiction writer William Gibson said 30 years ago ‘The future is already here, it is just unevenly distributed.’

‘The Future of Work’ is one of the subjects from our series of ‘Inspiration and Challenge’ sessions that are designed to stretch your imagination and unlock the value of your people.

Feedback from a recent attendee stated: “This was the best <Vistage> speaker I have heard. Very relevant content weaved skilfully into a magnificent talk with a good balance between visioning and practicality. Superb delivery. I can't think of any way Russell would improve his session and would urge others to attend your events if they get the opportunity.”
Learning objectives:
This session will enable you to appreciate how the world is changing and how these changes will impact you. It will outline the aspects you need to consider to future proof your career and be prepared for what is coming next.

From this understanding you will:
  • Be more aware of the six global megatrends (urbanisation, technology, demography, globalisation, climate and politics)
  • Be shown seven ways in which work will change and how you can future-proof your career
  • Have real-world examples of where each of the seven factors are already playing out 

Monday, 24 February 2020

Thought Leadership Event: Dr Hazel Harrison on 'How can Technology enhance our mental health as we age'

We are hosting a series of 'Thought Leadership Events' at Adastral Park and via WebEx.

Though Leadership Event
Speaker: Dr Hazel Harrison, Think Avellana
Title: How can Technology enhance our mental health as we age

Hazel discussed one quick and easy Model for Wellbeing, using the acronym: PERMA (Positive Emotions; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning and Accomplishment). Hazel also explored some mindfulness Apps such as Buddhify; Grateful: A gratitude Journal and Action for Happiness.

Please watch out for future invites!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

A new Decade - A new Name - A new Conference

Tommy Flowers Network
A new decade a new name. The Tommy Flowers Institute is evolving!

We launched 4 years ago with the mission statement of ‘bridging the gap between the ICT Industry and UK Academia to help produce research leaders of the future’. 

Now the ‘Tommy Flowers Institute’ will become ‘Tommy Flowers Network’ and we’ll expand our remit to bring you Thought Leadership and other exciting events alongside our conferences.

We’re growing into a network of likeminded people and institutions working for a greater good.  We want to build upon that and with your continued support we can continue to create something really special we can be incredibly proud of.

Creating Value for Economies:
Collaborate – Innovate – Educate

Our next conference explores the impact of the ecosystem that we are building. We will discuss existing success stories with academia and industry.  Via a poster event, we will be celebrating our young researchers, positioning their work within this vibrant world of Technology and Innovation.

We will encourage collaboration throughout the conference with our young researchers, experienced strategists and successful entrepreneurs, by pushing new ideas, providing sound advice and sparking new innovations.

The conference takes place at Adastral Park, on 24th - 25th March 2020, with a dinner on the evening of Tuesday 24th.  There are no fees to attend the conference.
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If you are a post graduate researcher or early career researcher, in either academia or industry, or know of any who would be interested in entering our poster event please sign up here or share the following information with them:

Tommy Flowers Network Needs You!
Posters required for our next conference!

At the next Tommy Flowers Network Conference, looking at ‘Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate-Innovate-Educate’, we want to celebrate and showcase early career researcher’s work in this vibrant world of Technology and Innovation.

Would you like to showcase your work to business, academia and fellow researchers? 

Then please enter our free Poster event which will take place on 24th March 2020. Here are a few guidelines:
  • Entrants can come from any discipline - as long as there is an angle to ICT and communications. 
  • Entrants can come from any type of organisation, including both industry and academia
  • Posters can be re-used from a previous event.
  • Entrants need to attend day one of the conference on 24th March 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their posters in an informal environment.
  • Entrants attend the free evening dinner on 24th March 2020, where awards will be presented.
  • Entrants are very welcome to attend day two of the conference on 25th March 2020

Student Poster Deadlines:
  • Extended Submission: 25th February 2020: Submission of Poster Abstracts are due by close of play, via this URL.
  • 26th February 2020: Notification of Poster Abstract Acceptance
  • 4th March 2020: Submission of Poster Draft for Review
  • 6th March 2020: Confirmation of Poster accepted
  • 10th March 2020: Submission of final Poster
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