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Talk 6th Oct: All about Bitcoin - Freya Stevens, Daniel Murrel & Justin Drake

Freya Stevens, Daniel Murrel, and Justin Drake will be talking about Bitcoin digital currency. They'll talk about how Bitcoins are created, stored, and how they can spent, and why they can't be counterfeited. Along the way they'll talk about the dangers - how coins can be stolen, and the problems inherent in new currencies.

Freya works for Coinapult, and runs the Cambridge Bitcoin meetup. Coinapult have built a Bitcoin wallet - a way to keep your coins safe while keeping them easy to spend. Daniel Murrel and Justin Drake are co-organizers of the Cambridge meetup.

Date: 6 Oct 2014
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Rd, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Everybody welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance free. Please register here.

Date: 
6 October 2014 - 8:30pm

Talk: 7th April - Bryn Parry - Amantys - How the world of power electronics is changing

Established in Cambridge in 2010 as an independent power electronics company, Amantys specialises in the delivery of scalable, cost effective solutions to meet the challenges of designing reliable and efficient power conversion in medium and high voltage applications. The company brings together the world of microprocessors and embedded software with power electronics, opening up new possibilities for innovation.

Power Electronics is a £135 billion direct global market, growing at a rate of 10% per annum. It is an enabling technology that often determines the performance of, and provides the competitive advantage for, much more expensive devices or systems. For example, choosing a mobile phone or lap-top computer for its battery life is actually a Power Electronics decision, with the battery performance itself just one part of that. On a bigger scale, Power Electronics typically represents only 6% of the total cost of passenger elevators, yet it is largely responsible for their performance and efficiency. The importance of Power Electronics to the economy is consequently very much greater than its direct market value.

Amantys has built on the base of research coming out of Cambridge University to establish a product portfolio that targets high power applications such as offshore wind turbines, high voltage direct current transmission, traction and large motor drives.

Bryn Parry, VP Corporate Development, was previously General Manager of the Development Systems Division at ARM Ltd. Prior to this role he managed the IP licensing business unit for six years. Bryn has previously worked in engineering and application roles at AMD and Mars Electronics. Bryn was one of the founders of Amantys in 2010.

Bryn will be talking about the technology behind Amantys and the ways in which the company is commercialising it.

Please register here. All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Monday, 7th April - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
7 April 2014 - 8:30pm

Talk - From research project to commercial silicon in 4 companies and 5 countries - Charles Sturman - 3 Feb

Charles Sturman will be talking about the process of designing and commercialising integrated circuits.

Charles has over 20 years of experience in VLSI and wireless communications (2G, 3G, LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth) and is the author of more than ten papers and books. Educated at Southampton University, he has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s in Information Engineering.

He is responsible for u-blox’s LTE business strategy and associated chipset product line. U-blox is a Swiss company working in embedded wireless communications and positioning for industrial, automotive and consumer applications.

Charles joined u-blox following the acquisition of Cognovo – the 4G SDR silicon company – where he was founder and Vice-president Sales and Marketing. Prior to this, he was Director of ARM’s Vector Signal Processor group, with responsibility for business development, strategy and general management. Before that Charles held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom and Motorola. At TTPCom Charles was instrumental in the company’s licensing of 2G and 3G wireless IP, generating revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Date: Monday, 3rd February 2014 - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions. Please note this is the new Mills & Reeve building.

Please register here. All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
3 February 2014 - 7:30pm

CHASE dates for 2014

Here is the list of dates for 2014, with thanks to ARM and Mills & Reeve:

Feb 3 - Mills & Reeve
Mar 3 - ARM
Apr 7 - Mills & Reeve
May 12 - ARM
June 2 - Mills & Reeve
Jul 7 - ARM
Sep 1 - Mills & Reeve
Oct 6 - ARM
Nov 3 - Mills & Reeve
Dec 1 - ARM

Talk: 2nd Dec - Capturing electricity from renewables - Gendrive

Speaker: Dr Nigel Jakeman, MD and co-founder of Gendrive Ltd.

GenDrive is a young, Cambridge-based company (founded in 2007), which develops and manufactures power electronic inverters for wind turbines.

Prior to his current role, Nigel gained his PhD at the University of Sheffield in Electrical Machine Design before working for Cummins Generator Technologies - first as an electromagnetic design engineer and then as project manager, before finally becoming 'Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt.'

Since its formation, Gendrive has raised funding of over £1m and commenced volume production in March 2012. In the past year and a half, the company has sold over 1,000 inverter systems and gained a 30% share of the UK market. Its inverters are unique in the wind turbine sector in that they use 'active rectifier technology' which increases the energy capture of the turbine to improve payback times by up to 20%.

Nigel will describe the route which has taken Gendrive from its founders' initial ideas to its current product and market segment focus, how the company now aims to grow this business nationally and internationally - and will tell us about its next-stage development plans to design and build power electronic products which will significantly improve the overall voltage balance and power quality of the electricity grid.

(Peter Howarth: "Local self-interest note: if this idea can help eliminate the too frequent power outages suffered by Cambridge and surrounding villages - with acknowledgements to whoever invented the UPS... - it can't come soon enough!")

Date: Monday, 2nd December - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions. Please note this is the new Mills & Reeve building.

Please register here. All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
2 December 2013 - 7:30pm

Talk: 7th Oct - Our 'Local Enterprise Partnership': What is it For - and Who Needs it?

The Greater Cambridge and and Peterborough area currently has a population of 1.3 million people, which is estimated to grow to 1.5 million by 2031. The area boasts 700,000 jobs, 60,000 enterprises and generates £30 billion per annum.

Grahame Nix is the Chief Executive of our LEP, which replaced EEDA in 2011. The Partnership focuses on helping the region overcome its key barriers to sustainable economic growth.

Grahame became Chair of the LEP in November 2012, and Chief Executive of the organisation in August 2013. Prior to his roles in the LEP, he was Chief Operating Officer at Marshall Aerospace and Chairman of Aeropeople Limited. He was a Non-Exec Director of EEF Ltd, a leading membership services and representative body for the UK Manufacturing Industry from 2008 until 2012, and is now an Advisor to the Board. Grahame is also Deputy Chair of Council at TWI Ltd, the £60 million technology research company.

Grahame will be talking about the LEP, the problems the region faces and how we can help ourselves. It might be surprising if the A14 didn't come up in discussion.

Date: Monday, 7th October - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions. Please note this is the new Mills & Reeve building.
Please register here for the talk.

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
7 October 2013 - 8:30pm

Talk: Mon 2nd Sep - Isotera - Contactless lighting - Marc Ottolini

Traditionally installing lighting has involved lots of cutting wire, wiring of terminal blocks, roses and switches, but this way of doing things is ripe for change: LED lights mean that there's the
opportunity to alter the way that lighting works.

Isotera are pioneering a system of wiring which is contactless and clip-together, making it faster and easier to install than traditional lighting; your lighting becomes a network.

Isotera was founded in August 2010 and recently completed a £1.6m second funding round, aimed at advancing the company from product launch to volume sales.

Marc Ottolini, is CEO. He hold an MSc in Electronics from Delft University, and an MBA from Erasmus University and Rochester University in New York. He worked for Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, France and in the UK. He built and led the European division of Dialight, one of the pioneers in LED applications.

Marc will be talking about the technology, the company and the problems that Isotera has encountered in bringing this new way of doing things to the market.

Date: 2 Sep 2013
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Rd, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Everybody welcome. Entrance free. Please register here.

Talk: Ian Pratt - Bromiun - 1st July

Everybody welcome. Entrance free. Please register here.

As software has grown more complex, the traditional ways of preventing malware infection have become less effective. Meanwhile, more than ever, our electronic devices are under attack by virus, trojan and other software designed to silently penetrate, perhaps to gather private information or generate spam.

Modern microprocessors contain hardware which can help combat the threat, and Bromium has pioneered the use of this technology. Instead of the traditional methods of detection, Bromium leverages hardware-enforced isolation to protect users and businesses from even "undetectable" threats, while providing information on malware behaviour - helping IT staff to understand and respond to attacks.

Xen is a virtualisation system developed in Cambridge and Bromium uses micro-Xen to retrofit robust isolation and protection to Windows, OS X and Android. The results are much more defensible platforms with much greater tolerance to malware, without impacting user experience. It's one of the most exciting new security technologies to hit the market in years.

Bromium was founded in 2011 by Ian Pratt, Simon Crosby and Gaurav Banga, and Ian is SVP of Products.

Prior to Bromium, he was founder and Chief Scientist of XenSource, which built enterprise-class virtualisation products based on the Xen hypervisor. XenSource was acquired by Citrix for $500m in 2007, and he served as Citrix Vice President for Advanced Products and CTO. Ian founded the Xen project while he was a tenured faculty member at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, where he led the Systems Research Group. He was also a co-founder of Nemesys Research Ltd, acquired by FORE Systems. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering from which he was awarded the Academy's Silver Medal in 2009.

Ian will be talking about Xen, Bromium, the technology and the journey so far.

Date: 1st July
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Rd, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Everybody welcome. Entrance free. Please register here.

Date: 
1 July 2013 - 8:30pm

Talk:Recognizing good and bad behaviour - Featurespace - David Excell - 8th April

Register here for the talk.

By watching the behaviour of customers using multiple sources, Featurespace software can indicate whether activity indicates fraud. It can work using only small amounts of historical data, and patterns of behavioural change can be recognised in real-time.

David Excell is CTO and co-founder, overseeing core development and delivery of Featurespace’s solutions. Before founding Featurespace in 2005, David worked as a research engineer at the Wireless Signal Processing Group at National ICT Australia (NICTA). He also has experience as a self-employed IT consultant. David has first class honours degrees in Engineering and IT from the Australian National University.

Featurespace is backed by institutional investors Imperial Innovations, Nesta, Mike Lynch, and Robert Sansom.

David will be talking about the Featurespace technology, and the problems the company has faced and overcome.

Date: Monday, 8th April - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions. Please note this is the new Mills & Reeve building.
Register here for the talk.

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Talk: Chris Mitchell of Audio Analytic - sound recognition

Audio Analytic's software can automatically recognise a variety of sounds. It's based on technology developed as a result of three years research in sound recognition. It's modular, so it can be used to recognize different sounds, and the range of sounds can be changed or expanded, and it can work in difficult acoustic environments.

Dr Chris Mitchell is CEO. He founded Audio Analytic following the completion of his PhD in sound information systems and signal processing. He will be talking about the technology and the problems the company has faced and overcome, and where the technology might go in the future.

Date: Monday, 4th Feb - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, 112 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

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