CETC Event: The Technology of Big Brother?


'The Technology of Big Brother?' is the subject of the next Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club event on Thursday, 25 November 2004 at the TWI Conference Centre, Abington Hall, Granta Park.

When 1984 was first published, the story of Winston Smith's life in a future dominated by Newspeak, Doublethink and Big Brother would have seemed very far-fetched by many people. Continual redefinition of international friend and foe, Government denials of what has been clearly stated and machines that see and hear individuals. Surely these things do not happen!

However, as time has gone by, the futuristic technologies that George Orwell fantasised about in his classic vision of the future are to some extent becoming mainstream and not all are of the malevolent kind envisioned by the author.

Our November meeting brings together two emerging and complementary technologies which are not generally seen by the general public but which are useful for security, intelligence and safety purposes: biometrics and behavioural technologies. The speakers will no doubt explain why they should not be thought of as Big Brother technologies.

We are grateful for our two speakers for presenting at a meeting that a Government research department declined to address because of the connotations of the title!

Our first speaker is David McIntosh, CEO of OmniPerception, a world leading research and advanced technology company, offering unique Computer Vision products and solutions to customers worldwide. Computer Vision - the bridge between human visual perception and ever more intelligent silicon - will further transform the world in which we work, play and live in the twenty-first century.

OmniPerception's initial market focus is in Security and Biometrics and in image analysis for broadcast television. OmniPerception products and solutions incorporate innovative technology developed by the company's founders at the University of Surrey. OmniPerception's Biometrics and Security Division focuses on software products for customers - in automatic face recognition, scene understanding and other advanced image processing applications.

Our second speaker is Dr Sergio Velastin, Managing Director of Ipsotek, (which designs, manufactures and markets intelligent pedestrian video surveillance systems. These incorporate image analysis techniques using behavioural technologies. Ipsotek's founders conceived the use of image processing and telematic technologies to detect potentially dangerous situations in crowded conditions.

Dr Velastin obtained his doctoral degree for research on vision systems for pedestrian and road-traffic analysis. Having founded the Vision and Robotics Laboratory at Kings College London, he moved it to the Digital Imaging Research Centre in Kingston University where he is now a Reader. He was Technical Coordinator of the EU-funded project PRISMATICA, dealing with the integration of technology and human-based processes for improving actual and perceived security in public transport systems.

Thursday, 25 November 2004 at TWI Conference Centre, Abington Hall, Granta Park

Finger buffet from 6:00pm. Talk starts at 6:30pm.

Cost: Free to CETC members, 10 to non-members. Booking (with payment, if a non-member) is essential. If you wish to attend, please email (honsec@cetc.info) or telephone (01223 720256) providing your name, company name, telephone number and e-mail address.

If payment is required, please send your cheque (made payable to CETC) to:

Guy Mulley, Hon Secretary CETC

c/o NW Brown Employee Benefits

Richmond House

16-20 Regent Street

Cambridge CB2 1DB

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