York Developers Conference 2017



Welcome to the second annual York Developers Conference organised by the Computer Science community at York St John University. This event is an opportunity for us to celebrate the activities of our students, staff and external partners by offering this event as a platform to share information about our collective endeavours over the past year. As a public event it's also an opportunity for us to share with the wider community of people and businesses in York. If you're curious about what we do, book a free ticket, come along, listen, join in the debates and say hello.

Venue: Hilton Hotel, York
Date: 22nd May 2017
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Ticket Price: Free (includes lunch)

 Morning Session
10:30 - 11:00 Registration & Coffee
11:00 - 11:15 Justin McKeown Welcome
11:15 - 11:45 David Johnston Keynote
11:45 - 13:00 Panel 1: Biometric Security
 Lunch Time
13:00 - 14:00 A free networking lunch for all conference delegates
 Afternoon Session
14:00 - 15:20 Panel 2: Data Driven Services & IoT
15:20 - 15:40 Presentation: Daniel Woolfson, York Developers Group Software Developers - Learning a ‘bit’ at a time.
15:40 - 17:00 Panel 3: Technology Enhanced Learning
 Networking Drinks
17:00 - 18:00 Networking Drinks in the Hilton Hotel Bar
 Tea and Coffee
3 servings of Tea and Coffee will take place over the day to keep everyone caffeinated.


This event is organised by the Computer Science community at York St John University. Find out more about studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, Games Development and other related programmes.

Guest Speakers

York St John University work collaboratively with local, national and international partners. Each year, as part of our annual conference, we like to invite the companies and individuals we've been working with most closely to join our conference proceedings and share their knowledge and expertise.

David Johnston

Graduated (Law) Queen's Belfast (1983), joined Metropolitan Police later same year. Career detective, became a kidnap investigator (1993) and in 1998 moved to communications intelligence with a specific brief to develop techniques positively to impact hostage recovery times, at a time when London was responding to a wave of kidnappings for ransom. Responded positively to challenges in the Macpherson Report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, by training officers to identify digital opportunities at crime scenes and beyond; and, later to the recommendations in (then) Bishop Sentamu's review of the investigation into the murder of Damilola Taylor, by starting a dedicated communications data prosecution support team. DJ has given evidence as an expert witness since 1997 (including in several jurisdictions overseas) comprising evidence relating to communications data, radio frequency propagation surveying and digital forensics; he has appeared before the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as assisting with work on UK legislation, Codes of Practice, policy implementation and training. DJ retired from the MPS is 2015 and took up a post with the NPCC Data Communications Group as Technical Secretary. He Chairs the DII Evidence Group and co-chairs, jointly with industry, the Communications Data Operations Group. DJ is also a member of an international law enforcement telecommunications study group; the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing; the Communications Data Professional Oversight Board; the Communications Data Strategy Group; and, sits on the Forensic Science Regulators Digital Forensics Specialist Group.

David Rogers, Copper Horse Solutions Ltd

David is a mobile phone security expert who runs Copper Horse Solutions Ltd, a software and security company based in Windsor, UK. His company is currently focusing on security and privacy research for the Internet of Things.

David chairs the Device Security Group at the GSM Association and sits on the Executive Board of the Internet of Things Security Foundation. He also teaches Mobile Systems Security at the University of Oxford and Cyber Security at York St John University, where he is also visiting Professor. He has worked in the mobile industry for over 17 years in security and engineering roles.

As part of conference proceedings David will join our Security Panel providing expert input from his experience in industry.

Daniel Woolfson, York Developers

Daniel is a Co-Founder of YorkDevelopers.org, a dedicated group of Software Engineers in York providing meetups for technology professionals in York. Daniel is Head of Development and Test at PureNet in York. PureNet is an expert Magento Ecommerce and Portal Development Agency that specialises in award winning, fully integrated solutions.

York St John University regularly work with York Developers enabling them to utilise our labs for their coding 'meetups', which are a popular extra curricular activity among our students. Daniel will discuss this and more in his talk entitled Software Developers - Learning a ‘bit’ at a time.

Chris Maughan, York Developers

Chris is a programmer in the GPU industry and a Co-Founding member of YorkDevelopers.org. He has always worked at the boundary between hardware and software, as a hardware architect and a device driver specialist, and more recently writing software tools to assist game developers. His interests include graphics APIs, using software to improve education and developing games both as educational tools and for fun. He is mostly happy when learning something new.

As part of conference proceedings, Chris has volunteered to chair discussions on our Technology Enhanced Learning Panel.

Security Panel

This year's security panel focuses on the topic of biometric security, revealing some of the findings and implications of the Computer Science department's research in this field.

Dr Justin McKeown

Justin is Associate Professor and Director of Computing at York St John University. His research focuses on Ethics and the impact of the Internet of Things and other related technologies upon social cohesion.

Justin has been leading department research into the security challenges presented by the use of biometric sensors in mobile devices. For the conference Justin will be introducing this research area and outlining some of the potential risks associated with this use of technology.

Sean Lynch

Sean is a graduating Computer Science student at York St John University. He has an interest in all things Cyber Security related. Sean has recently been accepted onto the MSc Cyber Security programme at Lancaster University, where he hopes to continue growing his knowledge in this field.

Sean is currently researching the security vulnerabilities of biometric sensors on mobile devices as part of a department funded research project.

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson is a Computer Scientist currently studying at York St John.

After taking a particular interest in Cyber Security, Daniel is studying biometric security for his dissertation as part of a larger department funded biometric security project. Specifically, Danny is looking at the vulnerabilities around current fingerprint sensors and how this technology is changing and evolving. His work focuses on the most recent range of premium smart phones.

Data Driven Services & IoT

The Internet of Things, or IoT, as it is often referred to, has in recent years been the topic of much discussion by academia and mainstream media alike. Underpinning the IoT is the need for data to drive it. This panel presents projects in this field and opens space to discuss the Internet of Things, Big Data and Data Driven Services.

Dr Yongjun Zheng (Panel Chair)

Yongjun is a lecturer at York St John University, and holds a Doctorate from Nottingham Trent University where he won the Vice Chancellor Scholarship in 2005. He has previously worked at Middlesex University and University of Cambridge, where he was involved in several research projects, which were funded by JISC, EPSRC etc. Yongjun’s publications include 22 research papers for leading international conferences and journals including the IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), and IEEE Transactions in Computer Graphics and Visualization (TVCG).

Yong's main areas of research are: Data Visualisation; Mobile application development and Software Engineering.

Ciaran Bird

Ciaran is a graduating Computer Science Student at York St. John University and is currently interested in Telecare and Design marketing.

Ciaran researched, developed and created a prototype device to aid visually impaired people in reading SMS messages via Braille. It does this by using an Arduino connected with 6 solenoids which combine to create a single Braille cell.

Andrew Fraser

Andrew is a Third Year computer scientist at YSJ. His main focuses are Cyber Security, FinTech and Machine Learning, specifically Recurrent Neural Networks.

He has developed iPhone applications for the National Railway Museum among others and hopes to become a Software Developer in Swift, Java, C#, Python or .NET.

James Fulton

James is a third year student studying Computer Science at York St John, whose passions range from OOP programming in Java and C#, to designing and implementing forward facing mobile and web applications.

James is interested in the growing popularity of Quadcopters and this has led him to focus his dissertation on examining the security vulnerabilities of these devices. In particular, he is interested in whether it is possible to immobilize them in mid-flight using bash commands and a WiFi dongle.

Technology Enhanced Learning

How can technology be used in Education to enhance learning, make understanding less challenging and more enjoyable for students. These are some of the questions this panel will explore through looking at a range of research projects undertaken by staff and students.

Dr Mike O'Dea

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at York St John University. His research interests centre around Technology Enhanced Learning, particular the development of Serious Games and in Gamification.

At present he is working with Dr. Carl Hetherington and Isaac Thompson to develop an interface to the Lego Mindstorms robots that is accessible to primary age children.

Jake Kingsley

Jake is a Third year Computer Science student. His main interests are the Internet of Things, web development and how technology can enhance learning.

Jake's dissertation project has focused on building a voice recognition application to help primary school children learn their times tables. After graduation he will be starting a job as an intern web developer and hopes to pursue a career in the field.

Isaac Thompson

Isaac is a final year Computer Science student with a passion for problem solving and programming. He especially enjoys working in Java, C# and Python. Isaac is currently working with Dr Mike O'Dea as a research assistant, on a project focused on bringing programming to a younger audience, through a snap interface for the Lego Mindstorms Robot.

Upon graduating Isaac hopes to find employment with a company that will enable him to continue applying his creative problem solving abilities to rewarding challenges.

Christian Binns

Christian is a third year student at York St John studying Computer Science. He has always had a keen interest in developing technologies, and also endeavoured to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Having played football for 15 years and been a lifeguard for 5 he has taken this passion for all things sport and included it in his final year project. A fitness orientated Android application partnering seamlessly with a smartwatch is the result of his work.


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