Christmas Code Crackers

This is a joint event with Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Opens at 6.00pm, for registration and refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks and mince pies)
7.00pm - 8.00pm - Christmas Code Crackers* with Denis Edgar-Nevill
Planetarium sessions* and access to the science centre exhibits until we close at 8.30pm

Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

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Free of charge

*Please note - these sessions are optional and you can only choose one planetarium session (numbers are limited, so booking required in advance).

Denis Edgar-Nevill, Chair BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG, also Head of Centre for Cybercrime Forensics, Canterbury Chris Church University.

Born in 1957 in Martock, Somerset, England. Denis graduated in Computer Science in 1979 from Coventry University and went onto complete his research in Computer Science is the study of Software Metrics and Software Quality Assurance. Denis has held academic posts at four UK universities before taking up his current post as Head of the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2002.

His research has included more than 150 journal, national/international conference papers, books/book chapters including, more recently, computer forensics. This work has included involvement in 15 UK and European Union funded research projects.

He chairs the CFET (International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training) conferences held annually at Canterbury Christ Church University; the International Advisory Group for these conferences includes academic researchers and senior law enforcement officers from around the world.

He was elected as founding chair of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG in December 2008 which now has over 1,600 members in 55 countries. He has been working in the area of Cybercrime Forensics since 2002 with police organisations responsible for specialist high tech crime training for the regional forces and Home Office in the UK. Denis Was an invited member of the ACPO Editorial Board which released the current version of the guidance for police handling digital evidence published in 2012. He also chairs the annual international Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training conferences (CFET) and is the principal researcher/project manager for the €1million EU funded ECENTRE Project.


At the heart of everything we do today using computers are codes. Some of these are to do with how we store and communicate ideas and information. Some codes however are deliberately designed to hide the messages we send to each other from other people.

This presentation for all the family will be a whistle-stop tour through some of the important ideas in the science of codes (Cryptography), all wrapped-up in a seasonal Christmas theme.

We will go through over 3000 years of time (with the help of Dr Who amongst others) to see how weak codes have led to people getting their heads chopped off, how military commanders communicate (ancient and modern), how governments through the ages have tried to control codes being used.

Dennis will also examine just how good modern computer codes are - stopping off to consider a race between Santa Claus and the world's fastest computer (and the distance to the nearest star to our solar system Proxima Centauri).

To book your free place at this festive code cracking event please visit the following link as we are expecting a large number of members - so booking early is essential.

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