Mind the Gap – Social vs Physical distancing, a point of view from Professor Ed Galea

COVID-19 may have changed our lives forever. Why? It seems uniquely designed to create segregation, while attempting to nest us, confused? So am I.

Conflicting information on how to stay safe, protect yourself and others, is thrown at us every day; ‘stay home, go out, use a mask, don’t use it, outdoor exercise, no outdoor exercise’… At least, one thing we’re clear – keep your distance!

Luckily for us, Greenwich’s own Professor Ed Galea managed to give a different view on what is being said about social distancing and how to do it responsibly. The Professor writes a series of articles on LinkedIn that may just change our minds and behaviours when out and about.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives!

Image credits: Prof Ed Galea

ISEC Team from the University of Greenwich attracts H2020 ENSURESEC Project

The Internet of Things and Security (ISEC) research group has attracted a new H2020 project, called ENSURESEC, which has a total budget of 9 Million Euro (UoG share: 489K Euro). The P.I. is Muhammad Taimoor Khan and the team also includes Ivana Tomic, George Loukas and Georgia Sakellari. It will be a sociotechnical solution for safeguarding the Digital Single Market’s e-commerce operations against cyber and physical threats.

It combines an automatic, rigorous, distributed and open-source toolkit for protecting the e-commerce infrastructure, with monitoring of the impact of threats in physical space and a campaign for training SMEs and citizens aimed at creating awareness and trust. It addresses the whole gamut of modern e-commerce, from standard physical products purchased online and delivered via post, to entirely virtual products or services delivered online.

A huge congratulations to the team on the achievement!

Linux Essentials

What will you learn?

Linux is an extremely popular Operating System that runs on a wide range of devices from supercomputers to mobile phones. There is always high industry demand for people with good Linux skills.

This Linux Essentials short course is a practical introduction to Linux. It teaches you generic skills that are not tied to one specific Linux distribution.  As this course closely follows the LPI Linux Essentials syllabus, it will also provide additional support for those delegates working towards achieving the LPI Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate.

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FSEG GEO-SAFE Evacuation Workshop

The FSEG Team at the University of Greenwich invites you to participate in a one day workshop as part of the GEO-SAFE project, taking place 20th February 2020 at the University of Greenwich.

GEO-SAFE (Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies) is a H2020 – MSCA-RISE project (n.691161), co-ordinated by FSEG of the University of Greenwich with 17 partners from 7 countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Australia) and is a four year project running from May 2016 to April 2020.

The aim of GEO-SAFE is to create a network enabling the two regions to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience, thus boosting the progress of wildfires knowledge and the related development of innovative methods for dealing efficiently with such fires.

Wildfires

The workshop will comprise of the following themes:

  • Identification and quantification of human behaviour in response to wildfire.
  • Role, requirements and capabilities of evacuation modelling in the planning and management of wildfires.
  • Development and application of Large Scale Wildfire Evacuation Models
  • Future directions for wildfire evacuation modelling.
  • The workshop consists of:
  • 7 invited lectures
  • 3 discussion panels
  • 1 hands on session using urbanEXODUS urban-scale evacuation simulation model
  • 1 demonstration session showing recent developments in coupling wildfire, pedestrian and vehicle models

The deadline to register is 14 February 2020, access EVENBRITE

This is a free event

Best Research Project 2019 for Fire Safety Engineering Group Team at the University of Greenwich

Congratulations to Prof Ed Galea, Dr Hui Xie, Dr Steve Deere, Dr Lynn Hulse and Mr David Cooney of the Fire Safety Engineering Group, University of Greenwich for the achievement of the prestigious award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (UK Chapter).

The winning project, on Construction site evacuation safety: Evacuation strategies for tall construction sites, was a result of team effort and ‘it was also a great example of what can be achieved when academics partner with industry’, according to Professor Ed Galea.

“Outstanding, unique and informative research in an area seldom explored. There is great potential to make the construction environment and all those who work in it safer from fire and  this research provides data and tools to achieve this objective.” SFPE

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is a professional society for fire protection engineering established in 1950. SFPE publishes the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, published on behalf of the society by SAGE Publications and Fire Protection Engineering magazine is published quarterly by SFPE. The Society has nearly 5,000 members.

Greenwich students participate in a Hackathon by Disrupt Normandy, France

Hackathon by Disrupt Normandy | Hack Central ­

A group of 5 University of Greenwich students participated in a Hackathon by Disrupt Normandy, 21 -22 October, in Caen, Normandy, France. Students from the University of Portsmouth also took part. ­

The five participating from University of Greenwich, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences were Claire Stretch, Daniel Gillette, Danny Roberts, Temor Al-Kaisi and Trevor Evans, had previously been involved in similar events. Two of the winning teams included students from the University of Greenwich – congratulations to Claire Stretch and Danny Roberts. All participants are deserving of recognition in participating in such a competitive hackathon.

Danny Roberts and Claire Stretch amongst the other winners

Series of Fire Safety talks at University of Greenwich by SFPE London Student Chapter – organised by Sandra Vaiciulyte from FSEG

Photo credit: Ground Up/Alietta Harris
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Muhammad Taimoor Khan from CMS wins the Best Paper Award at Industrial Control System – Cyber Security Research

Taimoor’s current work “On Synthesis of Runtime Security Monitor for IoT Applications” has won the Best Paper Award at ICS-CSR (http://www.ics-csr.com) today.
The event isco-organized by Air Bus and is very well respected in industrial and practical solutions for ICS security. The Global Head of Cyber Defense, Siemens was head of jury for the selection of awards.