Archive for the ‘talk’ Category

Thinking creatively about crime

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

A talk by Prof. Gloria Laycock on 22nd May 2007 at 18.00 hrs in room G08 of the Roberts Building, UCL

Prof. Laycock is director of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, with over 30 years research experience in the policing and crime prevention field.

If you wish to attend this event please register on-line .

*There is a £3.00 registration fee for non-club members (payable on the night). The deadline for registration is 18th May 2007.

2 meetings: one on Security & the other on Enterpise

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Recently, I’ve been at two interesting meetings:

1st: Post-grad student club meeting of the Centre for Security and Crime Science (CSCS). It’s a nice opportunity to network with UCL students and faculty members who are interested in security. I was amazed at the number of projects dealing with sensors of which I’ve never heard a word :-) The club will host some very interesting talks.

2nd: UCL Enterprise Society. Great talk by Sumit – CEO of Kuluvalley. The talk was a Lessig style one – for each slide he had either one huge text sentence or one big image (here is an example). Cool stuff!

Modelling the Spread of Rumours in Complex Social Networks

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

A while back Mazir gave an interesting talk whose abstract is below. One of the directions of future research is to model the spread of rumours in a web of trust. That might be of interest to some of us.

Rumours are an important form of social communications, and their
spreading plays a significant role in a variety of human affairs. Standard
models of rumours do not take into account the topology of the
underlying social interaction networks along which rumours spread. In
this talk I introduce a new stochastic model for the spread of rumours
in large-scale online social networks which are characterized by highly
complex connectivity patterns. I derive a set of mean-field equations
for the dynamics of the model on such networks and use analytical and
numerical solutions of these equations to examine the critical
properties and dynamics of rumour spreading on several models of
complex social networks.