LUV June Meeting – Automated Scheduling and Hacking the World


* Elena Kelareva – War, Space and Science Fiction: Automated Scheduling in the Real World.
* Andy Gelme – Automated Sensor Devices (Arduino)

After the meeting, come have dinner with us at Maria’s Trattoria! 122-124 Peel St.
Elena Kelareva – War, Space and Science Fiction: Automated Scheduling in the Real World

Automated scheduling and planning algorithms have many applications in the real world. This talk will present a few of the more interesting examples, including a tool used by the Canadian Navy to help ships survive many simultaneous missile attacks, and the algorithm used to schedule observations on the Hubble Space Telescope. The talk will give a general introduction to scheduling problems and the algorithms that exist for solving them, as well as describing in more detail some of the issues that arise in applying scheduling to real-world situations.

Elena Kelareva is a software engineer/researcher working for OMC International, a maritime consulting company which makes software for ports. Elena has been involved in developing algorithms for the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance software used by most major Australian ports to determine safe sailing times for ships. She has two published papers in related fields, and is about to start a PhD on automated scheduling algorithms, with a case study of scheduling ships at a port.

Andy Gelme – Hacking the world … using an Arduino or two

Open-source hardware platforms, such as the Arduino, have become reasonably inexpensive, quite capable, with good connectivity options. In addition, a vast range sensors and actuators are now available. Most importantly, active and innovative developer communities have made Arduino hacking a truly fascinating activity. More recently, instrumenting the world with large scale device networks has emerged as a contender for the one of the “next big things”.

This presentation will (briefly) cover the basics of getting an Arduino environment running on Linux. The main focus will be on demonstrating interesting ways in which you can create interactions between your Linux system, some Arduino controllers and a variety of connected devices (including some wearable computing).

Andy Gelme has been working and playing with Unix for a very long time … and got into Linux around the time of SLS 1.03 and kernel 0.99pl12, when everything fitted onto ten 3.5″ floppies. His main area of interest is in distributed systems, particularly when applied to large scale device networks. From 2000 to 2008, Andy was the technical lead of an R&D project that developed home / building automation systems (amongst other things). Some of the resulting distributed system framework and development environment is in the process of being released as open-source. More recently, Andy has been involved in starting the Connected Community HackerSpace in Melbourne.

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Understand the Business of Carbon Commerce

Advance your understanding of what the Carbon Trading Scheme is.

* How to recognise and measure your carbon emissions
* Learn achievable strategies to reduce your carbon footprint, saving money and the environment

Garden Room 2,
Crown Towers

Date Thursday 4 June 2009

7:30am: registrations
9:30am: Breakfast concludes

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MLUG – Apache setting up Virtual Hosts

Robert will be presenting a workshop on how to setup Virtual Hosts under Apache. You are welcome to come along and work along with Robert as he sets up a Virtual Host.

Requirements are Apache 2.2.

Date: 29th May, 2009
Time: 7pm (Pre meeting 6pm at Jawa Bar 297 victoria st)
Location: Workshop held at Computer bank for a map refer to

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Increasing Efficiency With a Leaner Organisation

Discover 10 ways you can use Microsoft SharePoint Server to help your organisation survive and prosper during a down economy. This 75 minute executive briefing will feature speakers from Microsoft, HP and Thomas Duryea Consulting and will include a demonstration of Microsoft productivity tools, including SharePoint, Groove and Office.

WHEN: Thu 28th May 2009 [registration: 9.00am | presentation: 09.15 – 10.30am]
WHERE: Melbourne Westin | The Wine Room | Level 1, 205 Collins St | Melbourne CBD

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PCI Security Standards Council Training Session

The Standards Training program is designed to help merchants and service providers improve preparation for onsite assessments, understand what is involved in creating their own internal assessment capability and establish an internal compliance program to help sustain PCI DSS security practices and compliance after the assessment process is completed.

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SAGE-AU NSW Meeting – Top Tax Tips

SAGE-AU is a not-for-profit professional organisation representing system administrators in Australia. The NSW regional group meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month.

Presentation: Adrian “Mr Taxman” Raftery gives his top tax tips for 2009 and strategies for planning tax into 2010.

Date and Time: May 19 2009 6:30pm
Location: Join us from 6:30pm for a drink at The Paragon Hotel, Circular Quay, Sydney.

The meeting follows from 7pm at Level 8, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney.

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