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Notice

AISB event Bulletin Item

Announcement: Inaugural Lecture, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh

http://www.trs.hw.ac.uk/registration.html

Heriot‐Watt 
InauguralLectures 
Ithasbecomealmostobligatoryforprogrammingtext‐ 
books to take as their first example a program which 
displays the phrase Hello World. The title of this lec‐ 
ture is intended to convey the fact that tomorrows 
programmers are more likely to be instructed in the 
art of programming the world to say Hello back. The 
reason? Pervasive computing, also known as ubiqui‐ 
touscomputing,ambientintelligence,calmtechnology 
andeveryware. 
 
Pervasive computing addresses a vision of the future 
inwhichprocessingpower,sensordevicesandphysical 
actuators are woven into the very fabric of our world ‐ 
our offices, our streets, our cars, our homes, even our 
clothes. Thanks mainly to advances in wireless and 
mobile technologies along with increasing miniaturisa‐ 
tionthisvisionisrapidlybecomingareality. 
 
In this lecture I shall describe the research undertaken 
at Heriot‐Watt University in order to personalise these 
smartenvironmentstotheindividualwhilstsafeguard‐ 
ing their privacy. I shall relate this work back to some 
of my earlier research and so provide a potted history 
of my academic career to date. The lecture will con‐ 
clude with my personal assessment of what the future 
might hold and the challenges, both technical and so‐ 
cial,whichstillneedtobeaddressed. 
When:16thJune2010,4.30pm6.30pm 
Where:Auditorium,PostgraduateCentre, 
Riccarton 
Who:ProfessorNicholasTaylor,HeadofComputer 
Science 
SchoolofMathematicalandComputerSciences 
RSVP:HWU‐Lectures@hw.ac.uk 
http://www.trs.hw.ac.uk/registration.html 
World:Hello 
Biography 
 
NickTaylorjoinedHeriot‐WattUniversityasa 
LecturerinComputerSciencein1988.Twenty 
yearslaterhewasawardedapersonalchair 
andbecameHeadofComputerSciencewithin 
theSchoolofMathematicalandComputerSci‐ 
ences. 
 
AftergraduatingwithaBScinMathematicsat 
UniversityCollegeCardiffin1978,hegainedan 
MScinComputerSciencefromQueenMary 
CollegeLondonin1979,specialisinginMachine 
Intelligence.FollowingthishejoinedtheDe‐ 
partmentofProductionEngineeringandPro‐ 
ductionManagementattheUniversityofNot‐ 
tinghamwhere,initially,hecarriedoutresearch 
intoCADsystems.Hethenwentontodevelop 
theALFIEexpertsystemshellforuseinergo‐ 
nomicandotherindustrialdesignapplications 
andcompletedhisPhDbasedonthisworkin 
1990.In1987hebecamealecturerinthatde‐ 
partment. 
 
NicksresearchinterestsrangefromMachine 
Learning(particularlyArtificialNeuralNet‐ 
works)andPervasiveSystems(whereheintro‐ 
ducedtheconceptofthePersonalSmart 
Space),throughtowhathehasdubbedeLife; 
investigatinghowcomputertechnologyaffects 
thewaypeoplebehaveandthekindofsocieties 
whichmightemergeasweadapttotechnologi‐ 
caladvances.