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Open Day Schedule

Events take place from 10.30 to 14.00 on Saturday 8th February 2014.

Here is the schedule of activities:

10:45 - 11:00   Registration and coffee  
11:00 - 11:30
Introduction to the Programme

The Software Engineering Programme delivers one-week graduate-level courses in over 28 different subjects. The Programme is aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at professional software engineers: courses are taught with a view to current and emerging practice and technologies, and the Programme's structure reflects the fact that its students often have to deal with many and varied competing pressures. In this talk, we will introduce the Software Engineering Programme and discuss its potential for providing benefits to its students.

11:30 - 12:00
Semantics on the web,
Dr Nadeschda Nikitina

Since their advent, computers have been going through a rapid evolution process and have become an indispensable part of our civilization. Over the past century, they proved to be exceptionally useful for the management, acquisition and transfer of information, largely replacing printed artefacts such as letters, paper-based files, but also newspapers and books. The amount of information publicly available in digital form is growing at a breath-taking rate. Internet has developed into the key platform for information exchange. It is increasingly common to rely on online sources in our every-day activities, varying from shopping and cooking to planning leisure activities. For most companies, the ability to attract customers online has a direct impact on the market share. Also scientific research is becoming increasingly difficult without the corresponding information infrastructure due to information overload. In this talk, we discuss the role of semantics in the evolution of intelligent information technology.

12:00 - 12:30
Gaining confidence in future secure systems: the peculiar case of distance-bounding protocols,
Cas Cremers

It is notoriously difficult to develop secure systems. Even the smallest systems have historically turned out to be vulnerable to attacks. One of the reasons for this is that we lack good methods to determine whether a system really meets our security requirements, and we therefore often resort to manual inspection.

One of our research topics is the development of methods that can be used to analyse the security of systems. Ideally, these methods are applied as early in the design process as possible. In this talk we present some of the work we performed on analysing so-called "distance-bounding" protocols. Such protocols are, e.g., a possible solution to relay attacks on contactless keys used in cars. Prototype implementations of such protocols are just starting to appear. What do we mean by a "secure" distance-bounding protocol? How can we be sure that a given protocol actually satisfies this property?

12:30 - 14:00 Buffet lunch  

Please let us know if you intend to come (whether or not you are staying for lunch), so that we have an idea of numbers.

A limited number of interview places for applicants to the Programme will be available during the day; please tell the Programme Office if you would like to make use of one of these, so that we can send you the appropriate forms to complete. If you would like time to think about it first, or miss out on one of the interview places, we would be happy to arrange an interview at a later date.

In addition to formal interviews, there will be opportunities throughout the day for informal one-to-one discussions with programme lecturers about your personal interests and aspirations for part-time study.

Read about the Programme, see some testimonials from past and present students, find out how to apply, look up directions to the Department of Computer Science, or register or ask for more information.