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Calibration of flood inundation extents produced by flood models has been limited by the difficulty in collecting post-event flood data. Traditionally post-event data has been limited to observed flood levels at a few locations, or spatial mapping of flood extents based on trash marks left after a flood has receded. With the advent of smart phones, social media and a populace better-informed regarding flooding, much more data can now be made available. This talk describes the calibration of two linked…Find out more »
Speakers: Albert Williams/Craig Walker of Shell/ProservFind out more »
The potential arrival of quantum computers poses a threat to the most common public key encryption system in use today. However, quantum principles can be employed to create systems that allow theoretically secure key exchange schemes. In this talk we give a gentle introduction to how and why quantum key distribution works, plus we explore some of the implementation difficulties and how they affect the security of the schemes. Practical schemes are described and some of the exciting, near developments…Find out more »
The millimetre-wave and terahertz regions of the electromagnetic spectrum have recently attracted new interest with new applications beginning to appear such as communications, non-destructive testing and medical imaging. The availability of higher power solid state sources, more efficient multipliers and room temperature detectors is pushing the boundary of solid state systems to 1 THz, opening up a raft of commercially driven industrial applications. The emergence of 5G communications and E-band radios is providing a cost-effective entry into the lower millimetre…Find out more »
The redevelopment of the ferry terminal at Brodick on the Isle of Arran will provide lifeline ferry services and support the economic development of Arran creating a 21st Century facility which will be sustainable, reliable and efficient to operate and maintain. The scheme proposes to enhance the island economy, boost passenger capacity, and sustainably replace ageing infrastructure. The new terminal will support additional sailings and larger vessels to berth in a wide range of weather conditions. The facilities which are…Find out more »
Over 250 million activity tracking wristbands, smart watches and personal health monitors will be in use by 2020. But given the rapid pace at which new wearables are launched and the predominantly wireless communications with their users, privacy concerns arise. Join expert in wireless networks Dr Paul Patras as he discusses the surveillance risks to which wearables are exposed, the challenges of preserving user privacy and some simple steps that could be taken to avoid tracking...Find out more »
Calling all scientific Undergraduates and Postgraduates in Scotland! SCI’s Day of Science & Careers Scotland returns for its third year and will take place at the University of Edinburgh. These events are designed to inform participants about the wide range of careers in science-based industries. Speakers from a range of industrial, academic and independent backgrounds will present their career pathway and offer insights in to what to look out for, and what to consider when choosing your next steps. There…Find out more »
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