Details can be found below for the 63rd and first meeting of 2018, the
theme for which is open source musical software and hardware.
I should note also that this is another excellent programme that we have
Sevan to thank for putting together.
Event #63 — Collaborative music making, ultra-low latency audio and
On the 18 January 2018, 18:00 - 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
We start the new year with an event on the theme of open source musical
software and hardware.
— Bela, an embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor
Bela started off as a research project at Centre For Digital Music
(Queen Mary University of London) and is now a commercial product,
mainly aimed at makers, programmers and researchers that work with
audio. The platform is based on a BeagleBone Black with a custom
expansion cape and a dedicated software environment. The board runs
Debian Linux with Xenomai as a real-time co-kernel. The combined use of
Xenomai and the BeagleBone Black's on-board PRU microcontroller allows
to achieve sub-millisecond latency for audio and sensor processing,
while node.js is used to provide a user-friendly web-based IDE. The
project is entirely open source, hardware and software.
* Giulio Moro is a PhD student in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen
Mary University of London. A sound engineer by training, he is now
researching in the field of performer-instrument interaction. He is one
of the inventors and core developers of Bela.
— Female Laptop Orchestra: exploring geographical, cultural, technical
and artistic challenges of collaborative music making
As a collective of female musicians, artists, engineers, computer
scientists and researchers, Female Laptop Orchestra has been pushing the
boundaries of technology and cross-cultural co-located and distributed
collaborative music making since 2014. Besides musical instruments, we
use a variety of open source and commercial tools to create music,
stream music and connect with our audience during the performance. We
often collaborate with classical composers and ensembles, filmmakers,
visual designers, choreographers and dancers. Recently, we also
collaborated with members of Women in Music Technology (a student
organization whose goal is to encouraging more women to join the music
tech field of study and highlight the often unsung role of women in
music technology, based at Georgia Tech Centre for Music Technology in
US) and Sonora (a collaborative network bringing together artists and
researchers interested in feminist manifestations in the context of the
arts, based in Brazil).
* Nela Brown is a sound artist, technologist, researcher and educator.
In the past decade, she composed music and designed sound for
award-winning projects including theatre performances, dance, mobile,
film, documentaries and interactive installations. She is the founder of
the Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO), an eclectic group of female musicians
and technologists exploring co-located and distributed collaborative
music making within different contexts and across different geographical
locations. As a creative director of FLO since 2014, Nela co-ordinated 7
national and international FLO performances involving 36 collaborators
from 21 different countries.
— Talk #3 TBA
Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.
Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 11:30 pm. No
more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who
wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation
Registration is now open for the first workshop of 2018, which will
provide hands-on experience with using the Intel Movidius Neural Compute
Stick and open source frameworks to deploy deep neural networks.
As this is likely to prove popular, registering sooner rather than later
is recommended if you do plan to come along.
OSHUG #64 — Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick Workshop.
On the 22 February 2018, 09:00 - 17:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
Learn how to use the Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick and open
source frameworks to deploy deep neural networks at the edge.
— Workshop details
Market research estimates there will be as many as 20 billion connected
devices in the market by 2020. These devices are expected to generate
billions of petabytes of data traffic between cloud and edge devices. In
2017 alone, 8.4B connected devices are expected in the market which is
sparking a strong need to pre-process data at the edge. This has led
many IoT device manufacturers, especially those working on vision based
devices like smart cameras, drones, robots, AR/VR, etc., to bring
intelligence to the edge.
Through the recent addition of the Movidius™ VPU technology to its
existing AI edge solutions portfolio, Intel is well positioned to
provide solutions that help developers and data scientists pioneer the
low-power intelligent edge devices segment. This workshop will provide
hands-on experience with Intel’s Neural Compute Stick – a low-cost,
form-factor developer kit for low-power vision based embedded inference
What You Will Learn:
* Insights into how Movidius™ VPUs are pioneering DNN accelerated vision
* Introduction to hardware and software components of NCS.
* Workflow of network profiling and application development using NCS.
* Detection/Classification models
* Advanced functionalities
* Hands-on with advanced demos and sample codes built using NC SDK’s API
framework, which includes support for Caffe and TensorFlow
— Participant requirements
** Participants are required to bring a laptop computer with Ubuntu
16.04 and Neural Compute SDK installed **
— What is provided
* NCS hardware will be provided for use during the workshop
* A light lunch will be provided and please ensure that any dietary
requirements are made clear during registration
— Hosted by
The workshop will be hosted by Intel engineers.
This workshop is free to attend and hosted by Intel in partnership with
the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and the Open Source Hardware User
* Sponsored by DesignSpark — https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/home
Note: Please aim to arrive by 08:45 as the workshop will start at 09:00