Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

August 2011: Jenkin Day 2011 Invitation

SOUE Jenkin Meeting, Friday-Saturday 16-17 September 2011

This year's meeting again coincides with the University's Alumni Weekend. The Jenkin Lecture will be given (at 2 pm on the Saturday) by Andrew Garrad (New College 1972-5), founder and managing director of Garrad Hassan, windpower consultants, on:

"Wind energy and its part in electricity generation in the future"

His synopsis is:

Three aspects of wind energy will be covered: the technology, the market and the politics. A brief historical review will be followed by some examples of the engineering challenges which have been overcome to create the world's largest rotating machines. The energy potential will be illustrated both on- and offshore and some of the issues of large scale integration will be discussed. A short look into the future will be provided. In particular a view of how the difference between offshore and onshore constraints will shape the developments of turbines and wind farms will be presented. Finally there will be an overview of the impact of the new Far Eastern market and supply chain and some comments on the politics of wind energy.

The morning talks (both of which are expected to be accompanied by demonstrations) are:

Sarah Witt (Queens 1991-5), of Sony Broadcast & Professional, on:

"Avoiding Headaches in Live Stereoscopic 3D Production", with synopsis:

Stereoscopic 3D films are now very common, and in the last year or so many broadcasters around the world have launched 3D channels (for instance BSkyB in the UK). Apart from the broadcast of 3D films, these channels frequently deliver live content production (particularly live sport), which does not allow for the luxury of fixing any 3D errors in post-production after the event. This talk will illustrate some of the difficulties associated with shooting 3D and how they can be solved using live real-time image processing techniques, as used to shoot the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon in 2011.

Mark Doswell (Trinity 1969-72), of the European division of Yujin Robot Ltd (of Korea), on:

"First steps in learning with robots", with synopsis:

Starting with the reality that most children at primary schools in Korea will soon be learning English from teachers assisted by robots, we will look at where these technologies could take us in the future and the robots currently being built to get us there. We will also look at the question "Are we more limited by the technology or by ourselves?"

For any of you who will be in or near Oxford on the Friday night (16 September) we are having a dinner at the Quod Brasserie of the Old Bank Hotel in the High Street. Andrew Garrad will be our guest. The cost will be £42.75, including wine and coffee, but not any pre-dinner drinks. Time 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Dress informal, and guests welcome. The room can hold a maximum of 30 people, so book early. The menu is:

1st course: gazpacho soup, or avocado vinaigrette, or fennel, cucumber & dill salad, or the day's risotto.

2nd course: duck confit, or roast corn-fed chicken breast, or poached salmon salad, or courgette, red pepper, aubergine & mozzarella tart.

3rd course: crème brulée, or chocolate pot, or fresh fruit salad, or strawberries & cream.

Saturday's time table is:

10.30      Coffee in the Thom Building foyer
11.00 Sarah Witt: "Avoiding headaches in live stereoscopic TV production"
11.40 (approx) Mark Doswell: "First steps in learning with robots"
12.30 (approx) The Society's Annual General Meeting
13.00 Buffet lunch in the Holder Common Room
14.00 The 24th Jenkin Lecture (as above)

Telling us you are coming

If you plan to attend the meeting, please return the reply slip, so that we have some idea of how many to cater for, and can prepare a name badge for you in advance. And enclose a cheque if you would like the buffet lunch and/or the Friday night dinner. By Wednesday 7 September please, especially if you are coming to the dinner! Or you can e-mail us and pay by PayPal if you wish (see the reply slip for details).

Remember there is very little parking space on the Department's site, and what there is will very likely have been booked. We suggest either using one of the Park-and-Rides, or looking for spaces in St Giles or Keble Road.

This circular usually comes in the same envelope as SOUE News. But the News is a bit delayed this year, though the editorial material has all been collected. It should be out in early September, but that would be too late for this circular.

David Witt, Secretary, August 2011

(Click here to view or print the reply slip)