Welcome to the website of the East Anglia branch of the British Computing Society.

What we do

Promote the profile of the BCS in the region.
Promote and provide a forum for continuing professional development.

Encourage more young people to enter, and stay in, technology based business.

Provide networking opportunities for professionals and companies, both small and large.

Events: admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome.

The National Electricity Grid - Lighting up Britain

Pipeline Industries Guild Eastern Branch Technical Event

Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Time:Refreshments 5:30 pm, Presentation 6:00 pm.

Venue: Anglian Water Services, Thorpe Wood Peterborough PE3 6WT.

This event is proudly sponsored by Anglian Water.

In Britain, National Grid plc runs the systems that deliver electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities. It plays a vital role in delivering electricity efficiently, reliably and safely. This presentation will explain how the Grid works and set out some of the challenges, which have to be overcome in order to keep the lights on.

The presenter, Will Ramsey is a Power System Engineer with National Grid, focusing on System Operator and System Performance.

To reserve your place please email events at pipeguild dot com

2017 Lovelace Lecture

"Machines that learn to see" by Professor Andrew Blake, Alan Turing Institute

Opening addresses by Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea FRSE, University of Edinburgh, & Chris Bishop, Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Date: Monday, 8 May 2017, 6:00 - 9:30pm

Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.


Machine vision works nowadays. Machines can: navigate using vision; separate object from background; recognise a wide variety of objects, and track their motion. These abilities are great spin-offs in their own right, but are also part of an extended adventure in understanding the nature of intelligence through visual perception One general question about intelligent systems is whether they will be dominated by "generative" models which explain data as a sequence of transformations, or by black-box machines that are trained on data at ever greater scale? In perception systems this boils down to the comparative roles of two paradigms: analysis-by-synthesis versus empirical recognisers. Each approach has strengths, and empirical recognisers especially have made great strides in performance in the last few years, through deep learning. Exciting progress that has already been made on integrating the two approaches. It is also fascinating to speculate what other new paradigms in learning might transform the speed at which artificial perception can develop.

Speaker's bio

Andrew Blake is an engineer whose innovative work on image analysis has helped make it possible for computers to react to the world around them, based on the visual data they receive. His research has focused particularly on the accurate tracking of motion and the reconstruction of visible surfaces.

Amongst his contributions to the field, he is perhaps best known for the development of the Condensation algorithm that allowed computers to interpret complex visual motion in real time. At Microsoft Research Cambridge, Andrew was also part of the team that put the machine intelligence into the company's Kinect controller - a revolutionary gaming system capable of following instructions dictated by the body movements of its users.

The recipient of the Silver Medal and the MacRobert Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Andrew also won the prestigious Mountbatten Medal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society.

As part of the BCS 60th anniversary celebrations this Lovelace lecture is free of charge.