VSJ – December 2008 – Members’ News

Hold the Front Page (and Subscriptions)!

You don’t need us to tell you that the economic portents are as gloomy as anyone can remember. We’re conscious that IAP members are feeling the pain like everyone else. So despite the increased costs that we’ve incurred over the last year as a result of rising inflation, we’ve managed, by improved efficiency savings, to hold subscriptions for 2009 at last year’s levels. Just to remind you, they are: Fellow, £115.00; Member, £105.00; Associate Member, £95.00; Graduate, £70.00; Licentiate, £60.00; Retired member £50.00.

As a matter of fact, last year’s increase was the first for three years, admittedly in a lower inflationary environment. So we’re using your money carefully in good times as well as bad.

Spring Symposium Speakers

At the time of writing, the following people have agreed to speak to us on 24 April. The full programme will appear in February’s VSJ and, by the time you read this, will already be on the Web site at www.iap.org.uk

Ed Gibson

Ed is Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft UK. He joined Microsoft following a 20-year career as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, which, in turn, followed five years as a corporate lawyer with a US-based multinational. Ed is a recognized expert in investigating complex, international money laundering schemes, asset identification and confiscation, and intellectual property theft. Between  2000 and 2005, Ed was assigned to the FBI’s Legal Attaché office at the US Embassy in London. There, he was responsible for all FBI cyber, hi-tech, cyber-terrorism, and infrastructure investigations in the UK. His leadership resulted in the creation of a model cyber-programme adopted by all legal attaché offices worldwide. During this time, he qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and completed a two-year computing programme at Oxford University. He is a Member of the Board of the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety in England.

Peter Green

Peter is a senior Fellow of the Institution and currently Technical Director of the Telegraph Newspaper Group. He has 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry, past assignments including positions as Operations Director of The International Herald Tribune and The European, and IT Manager for the Press Association. Innovations that Peter pioneered during his time at the Telegraph have since been copied by newspapers all over the world.

Peter is a recognized forward thinker within the industry, and is widely sought as a speaker. We shall be privileged to be able to hear him again! The Telegraph was one of the first major titles to make the move to Docklands, though since then both the technology and the business environment have been transformed by the rise of electronic publishing.

Dominic Palmer-Brown

Dominic is Associate Dean of Computing and Technology and Professor of Neural Computing at the University of East London. He studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Leeds. His postgraduate work took him to Plymouth, where he completed an MSc in Intelligent Systems and to Nottingham, for his PhD in Neural Networks. He has worked, in software and electronic engineering, at GEC Marconi, British Aerospace, Nottingham Trent University, Leeds Metropolitan University and the publishers Elsevier Science London, prior to his present post. His research work includes virtual learning environments, intelligent systems and, especially, neural networks, in which area he has published more than thirty papers in the last decade.

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