The inaugural SICSA postgraduate conference for PhD students in Informatics and Computer Science in Scotland was held at St Andrews University on 3rd June 2009. The venue was The Gateway building, which is no. 16 on the campus map
The conference was open to all PhD students in computer science and informatics, not just those students funded by SICSA. Students had the opportunity to network with other Scottish PhD students and academic staff and to gain an impression of the breadth of PhD research going on across Scotland.
Pictures of the conference are on flickr.
, who has made an immense contribution to the discipline, to hear about Scottish PhD research projects and to meet visitors and staff supported by the SICSA initiative.
10.00-10.30 Coffee and mingling,
10.30-10.40 Welcome. Prof Jon Oberlander, SICSA Director
10.40-11.40 Keynote address: The Space and Motion of Large Informatic Systems. Prof Robin Milner. Univ of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Abstract: We are building Ubiquitous Systems that will be so well embedded in our natural environment that it will be hard to tell which is which. The natural sciences -- physics, chemistry, biology -- create models for the natural world; what kind of models can be integrated with them, to explain the informatic part? The von Neumann Abstract Machine isn't fit for this purpose. After discussing models generally, I'll describe a new model -- a rigorous one --that I hope can be used to program, simulate, analyse and thus understand these large informatic components. I call it the Ubiquitous Abstract Machine.
11.40-12.40 Presentations from Scottish PhD students on their research
12.40-14.00 Lunch and poster presentations
14.00-15.30 Presentations from Scottish PhD students on their research
15.30-15.50 Tea and coffee break
15.50-16.20 Invited lecture: Engineering the Progammable and Social Web. Dr Chen Wu, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. (SICSA visitor)
16.20-16.50 Invited lecture: Designing, Creating, and Evaluating Novel Interactions - being continuously surprised by users. Dr Eva Hornecker , University of Strathclyde. (SICSA lecturer).