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Past Meetings

Visit to Sony, home of Raspberry Pi

Venue: Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed
Date: Wednesday, 07 May 2014 at 14:00

SWORDS trip to Sony UK Technology Centre.


Date: Wednesday 7th of May 2014
Time: 2pm.

The Sony UK Technology Centre at Pencoed is the UK home of the Raspberry Pi and is the only facility outside of Japan to manufacture high definition camera units. Cameras and equipment produced at Pencoed can be found at sports stadiums and television studios around the world. It is also home to the Sony Customer Service Centre.  


We need to know well in advance who is attending this event and places are strictly limited to 25. Please contact me ASAP to reserve your place. Please let me know your affiliation and whether you will be taking a car. Their address is: Pencoed Technology Park, Pencoed, CF35 5HZ.


Please note the following:


*                    Closed and flat footwear should be worn. Shorts and hats are not permitted!

*                    The tour will start at 2pm prompt so please arrive well before.

*                    The visit is likely to last around 90 minutes.

*                    Park in the Visitors area and book in at the Security Lodge at the South Gate Entrance

*                    Filming and photography are not permitted

*                    However please be aware that visitors may be filmed by Sony


This is the final meeting of the SWORDS programme for 2013/14. If you have any suggestions for speakers or visits for next year, please let me know.


If you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Jonathan Thompson, Secretary of SWORDS. Tel: 029 2087 5524. Email:


How Computer Scientists and Performance Analysts are using Information Visualization to advise on the game of Rugby Union

Venue: Cardiff University
Speaker: Rhodri Bown (Welsh Rugby Union) and Matthew Parry (Swansea University)
Date: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 17:30 - 18:30

The next SWORDS meeting of the 2013-2014 programme is scheduled for Tuesday the 18th of March 2014. The meeting will be held in room M/0.40 at the Mathematics Institute, Cardiff University. There will be drinks available from 5.15pm in the Internet Café which is just inside the main entrance to the Mathematics Institute. The talk will start at 5.30pm.

 Please contact Jonathan Thompson, tel: 029-20875524



 Highly detailed event annotation is now commonplace in Rugby Union at the Elite level. This explosion of data makes the Performance Analyst’s job of finding significant trends and statistics increasingly difficult and time consuming.

 This talk will discuss how the application of Computer Science and Information Visualization is helping resolve the problem of information overload in the sport, and helping analysts find the edge which can make the difference on the pitch.

OR, Data Science and Analytics: Maximising Value from Big Data

Venue: Cardiff University, School of Mathematics
Speaker: John Hopes, Ernst & Young
Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at 17:30

Note that the AGM will be held from 5.30pm with the talk following at about 5.45pm. 


The OR community has a long history of using analytics to add value, including the development of effective methodologies that ensure implementation.  There is much potential synergy from collaboration between OR, Data Science and Analytics, which will be illustrated via case examples.  The growing role of the OR Society in supporting those working in Analytics and Big Data will also be described.