Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for Hackster.io, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

Sessions

Location: King's Suite
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 13 ratings)
Big data isn't just multi-terabyte datasets hidden inside eventually-concurrent distributed databases in the cloud. It’s also about the hidden data you carry with you all the time, data that is generated for you and about you, but not necessarily by you. Hidden data, your data, carrying on its secret life without your knowledge, but with your implicit and implied consent. Read more.
Data Science
Location: Room 1-6 Level: Intermediate
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Zena Wood (University of Exeter)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Observing how other humans interact is so interesting that we do it recreationally, we call it "people watching". Evolution has equipped us both with a desire to people watch, and with the tools we need to do it, but it's hard to describe what it is we're doing. If we could, we could make our machines people watch for us, potentially yielding novel insights into our own social interactions. Read more.

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