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Monthly, 7:30 – 9:00 PM Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Where: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.

We are looking for more CALL scientists and environmentalists –CALL members and others– to come forward to stimulate and inspire us with accounts of research pertinent in today’s world! 

Coordinators: Joe Boivin or Tom Jack



Tuesday, December 4  7:30 - 9:00 PM

Privacy and the Internet of Things

Big data analytics promises to bring many benefits including increased security, safety, insight, and understanding about how to best support highly valued public services. Conversely, such analytics could be used to inappropriately violate individual privacy that could bring both immediate harm and cause long-term unintended consequences unless the data is secured and protected. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), the volume of data that will be subject to analysis will increase many times over. The nature of the data will also change because these devices will capture a wide-range of human activities that could be linked to individual behaviours through deep analytics. This talk will discuss how personal privacy is at risk now and how the introduction of the IoT complicates and expands related concerns.

Speaker:  Ken Barker, Ph.D., I.S.P., ITCP

Dr Barker is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary and has more than two decades of experience working with industrial computer systems and has consulting experience in the design of commercial databases. He has interest in system integration, distributed systems, and the privacy and security of data repositories. Dr. Barker has published over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas such as distributed systems, software engineering, transaction systems, simulations, spatial database systems, social networks, geographical information systems, astro-informatics, privacy and security.

Tuesday, January 8  7:30 - 9:00 PM 

Dilbit. Crude. Refined.

Pipelines are very much in the news and the word “dilbit” is brought up as a special concern. Is this true? What is dilbit? We have been given many descriptions of this material and warned of its deleterious effect on our infrastructure and our planet. The talk will explain what dilbit is and how it resembles and differs from crude oil. Why is dilbit important enough to build expensive pipelines and set off vicious political battles?

Speaker: Joe Boivin

Joe Boivin is retired from the oil industry after 45 years of work in the chemical and corrosion aspects of oil and gas production and transmission. He has previously presented a talk to CALL on pipelines. He is the co-cordinator of the Science and Environment lecture series.

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