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Famous Software Failures – Are we learning the lessons?

March 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


MIT Mullingar are delighted to announce that Dr. Joe Timoney of Maynooth University will be giving a presentation entitled “Famous Software Failures – Are we learning the lessons” on Tuesday 27th March in the Annebrook House Hotel at 7:30pm.

Topic Overview

Software manages so many things in our modern society from the phones in our pockets, to the computers on our workdesks, the systems in our car, the inventory management and checkouts in our supermarkets, our banking and billing….

When it works seamlessly, or almost as we expect, we can often fail to appreciate how much trust we put in the skills of engineers to build quality software.

However, the results can be catastrophic (or almost so!) when mistakes are made. This can happen for many reasons: as worryingly simple as human oversight to the introduction of measures to cut project costs.

This talk will look at some famous examples of failures, the impact they had, and discuss why they happened.

We’ll then mention about some of the ways software developers have improved their procedures to try to avoid them.

The talk will be light hearted, humourous and a must for any coder.

Dr Joe Timoney

Dr. Joe Timoney, a native of Mullingar, studied Electronic Engineering, completing his PhD in 1998. He joined the Dept. of Computer Science at NUI Maynooth in the following year. He teaches on undergraduate programs in Computer Science and in Music Technology. His research interests are based in the area of audio signal processing, with a focus on musical sound synthesis and the digital modelling of analogue subtractive synthesis. He has supervised a number of PhD students in the fields of Audio analysis and Digital Audio watermarking. Additionally, he has worked on EI innovation vouchers and a Commercialisation project on Watermarking. In 2003 he spent a 3 month research visit at ATR laboratory in Kyoto, Japan, and in 2010 made a research visit to the College of Computing at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He has developed a strong research collaboration with the Dept of Signal processing and Acoustics at Aalto university in Finland. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society. Alongside his academic work, he also is a keen DIY electronics enthusiast and has built a number of synthesizers and drum machines. He participated in last year’s Mini-Maker Faire as part of the NUI Maynooth team.

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More information

Email: [email protected]

MIT Mullingar on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7477636/profile

Dr Joe Timoney: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/joseph-timoney

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March 27, 2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Annebrook House Hotel
Annebrook House Hotel, Austin Friars Street
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath N91 YH2F Ireland
+353 44 9353300
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