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Open Source AI – April 2019

A full-day Open Source AI workshop

Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.” — Ray Kurzweil

Artificial intelligence promises to aid and augment humans in all facets of our life. As the decisions made by an intelligent system may have wide implications, ethical questions must be resolved as the technology development progresses. Open RD&E can help to increase the trust and reduce the risks.

In this workshop, we have a twofold goal:

  1. bring together scientists, users, and vendors to talk about open source platforms and models for artificial intelligence.
  2. discuss socially relevant use cases and challenges and how they are addressed with AI.

The full-day workshop is structured into two sections, a morning and afternoon workshop session that will be a deep dive into domain challenges, platforms, and approaches to tackle these issues. We will have enough time for discussions and networking between the peers.
In the evening, we will follow the traditional BCS OSSG schedule that allows employees to participate: We will have a series of talks each followed by a short Q&A.

We are currently planning the agenda. Please contact Julian, if you are interested to give a talk.

Funding Open Source

An evening meeting, where we will hear three speakers (Andrew Davies, Irina Bolychevsky and Ben Nickolls)  on how to fund open source projects and businesses. This is a joint meeting with BCS Entrepreneurs, BCS Young Professionals Group, BCS Women and the UK Open Source Hardware User Group. Full details on the Event Page.

Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions.

Open Source Fortran

At this evening meeting in Manchester, we’ll be welcoming two experts in open source Fortran compilation.  This is a joint meeting with the BCS Fortran Specialist Group hosted by BCS Manchester Regional Group.  Venue MMU Business School, 3rd Floor, Room 3.01 (S Atrium), All Saints Campus, Manchester, M15 6BH from 6-8pm.

Eventbrite - Open Source SG - Open Source Fortran

Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

We shall be livestreaming (details announced via Twitter on @bcsossg) and videoing the talks for later posting on YouTube for those who are unable to make it.

A Tour of the Flang Fortran Compiler

Kiran Chandramohn

Flang is a Fortran compiler recently open sourced by PGI. Flang generates LLVM IR and benefits from the optimizations implemented in LLVM. It also runs on a variety of hardware. In a short span of time Flang has garnered a lot of interest. It is the frontend for PGI and Arm Fortran Compilers. In this talk I will briefly cover the history of Flang, the open source context, standards conformance, technical details, performance numbers, f18 project and the future roadmap of flang.

Kiran is a Compiler Engineer working at Arm Ltd. He is responsible for the productization of the Arm Fortran Compiler based on open source Flang project. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh.

gfortran—the gnu gcc fortran compiler

Paul Thomas

Gfortran is the gnu gcc fortran frontend. It forked from G95 and the first gfortran ChangeLog entry is dated 30th August 2002.  Initially, the aim was to provide a fully compliant F95 compiler with legacy support for G77 features. Once this was achieved, from 2005 onwards, F20xx features were added such that F2018 compliance is within sight.  In addition, gfortran supports many of the non-standard features of the DEC fortran compiler, supports OpenMPv4 and OpenCoarrays.  Gfortran uses its own internal representation for parsing and resolution, which is then translated to gcc’s TREE-SSA.  It benefits from the wide range of targets and optimisation features provided by gcc.  In this talk I will discuss standards conformance, performance and future developments.

Paul is a director of Glyme Consultancy Limited.  He splits his time between controlled fusion and maintaining gfortran.  He holds a PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester.

Mentoring & Advocacy in Open Source + AGM

Whilst open source is now more widely accepted, there are still large parts of the engineering community who have yet to “see the light”.  Advocacy remains a key role for all who care about open source, while mentoring helps users to make best use of open source technology.

At this evening meeting in London, we’ll be welcoming leading speakers on this topic.  This is a joint meeting with the UK Open Source Hardware Users Group open to all. It will be preceded by the AGM of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group (a separate email notice will be sent to BCS members).  Venue is the BCS Offices at 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA from 6-8pm.

Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

We were livestreaming the talks and posted them on YouTube for those who are unable to make it.

Annual general meeting of the OSSG

The meeting was chaired by Jeremy Bennett. There were no matters arising from the previous AGM minutes which were accepted in full. Jeremy then presented the Chairman’s report.  Presentation as PDF

He was followed by Richard Miller giving the Treasurers.

They were followed by the election of officers for the coming year. The secretary, Cornelia, stood in for the chair who was re-elected by the meeting. Jeremy then resumed the chair and presided over the re-election of the secretary and treasurer. These were duly re-elected.

The new web master was elected and two event organisers were re-elected. Julian Kunkel was elected as Committee member at large and Andrejus Kostarevas was elected as Student Rep. Jeremy thanked the retiring committee members, Andres Baravalle and Andrew Back, for the contributions.

The elections were followed by a presentation of proposed Advocacy Goals for the group by Julian Kunkel.  Presentation as PDF

There was no AOB. The meeting closed and was immediately followed by a regular joint meeting of the OSSG and OSHUG which continued the theme of Advocacy.


Amanda Brock: OpenInventionNetwork

Presentation as PDF



Karen Sandler: Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

Karen M. Sandler (@o0karen0o) is the executive director of Conservancy. Karen is known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining Conservancy, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she was general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program to support women globally and for people of color who are underrepresented in US tech. She is also pro bono counsel to the FSF and GNOME. Karen is a recipient of the Free Software Foundation’s Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the O’Reilly Open Source Award.

Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union.

Paul Adams: FSF Europe

Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to control technology.

Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us.  Free Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt and share software.  These rights help support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

Paul Adams (@therealpadams) is a co-founder of BCS Open Source SG and its second Chair.  He served as a FSFE Fellow in 2009 and regularly gives presentations on behalf of the FSFE.

Prof Cornelia Boldyref: Advocacy for Women in Open Source

Cornelia Boldyreff (@Cornelia) is a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich. She gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Durham.  In 2004 she became the first Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Lincoln, where she co-founded and directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software.  Cornelia was most recently Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East London

She is a founding committee member of the BCSWomen Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and from 2013-2017 chaired the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career.  Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, she founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Presentation as PDF


Members’ Lightning Talks

An opportunity to hear about all the open source projects our members are working on. We’ll start with Chris Jones’ talk on Hammerspoon postponed from earlier in the year and then be followed by 8 short talks on the full range of subjects addressed by the Open Source Specialist group.  This is a joint meeting with the UK Open Source Hardware Users Group.  Venue is the BCS Offices at 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA from 6-8pm.

Full details on the Members’ Lightning Talks meeting page.

Eventbrite - Open Source SG - 3D Printing and Making

Chris Jones’ talk will last 30 minutes, with all the subsequent talks lasting no more than 10 minutes including time for questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

We shall be videoing the talks for later posting on YouTube for those who are unable to make it. We also hope to live-stream the talks using gotmeeting – a first for us.

3D Printing and Making

At this evening meeting in London, we return to the popular themes of open source 3D printing and making. We’re delighted to welcome three leading authorities in the field to speak to us: Rachel “Konichiwakitty” Wong, Bracken Dawson and Adrian Bowyer. This is a joint meeting with the UK Open Source Hardware Users Group. Venue is the BCS Offices at 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA from 6-8pm.

Full details on the 3D Printing and Making meeting page.

Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

We anticipate this evening may be oversubscribed, so please book promptly. We shall be videoing the talks for later posting on YouTube for those who are unable to make it.