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20/06/2020: Irish efforts at ITiCSE 2020


ITiCSE 2020 was held this week. Ireland had 16 authors presenting 7 papers, 2 posters, 2 doctoral consortium posters, contributed to 3 working groups, and in addition provided 2 associate program chairs and 5 reviewers! Of these authors, 11 are SIGCSEire members.

There were also several other SIGCSEire members who attended ITicSE, most for the first time! In addition one Irish poster (Mooney et al.) won the best poster award and one Irish paper (Denny, Prather & Becker) was a best paper award finalist!

Full details here: https://cszero.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/iticse-2020-team-ireland-goes-to-norway-via-the-internet/

11/06/2020: CSEd Coffee Research Chat


In advance of the first virtual ITiCSE (more details below this email) we are having a pre-ITiCSE CS Education Research (virtual) Coffee Chat on June 11 at 11am. This is a great opportunity to discuss ITiCSE and any other questions you might have about ITiCSE, and CS Education research in general, particularly here in Ireland. For instance, you might be interested in ITiCSE Working Groups which are a fantastic way to get involved in the wider SIGCSE community and hopefully get a publication under your belt while you're at it!

Sign up for the coffee chat at the following eventbrite link and you'll be sent a link to the session a few days in advance: sign up here

Attendance is free but SIGCSEire membership is essential.

25/05/2020: ITiCSE and SIGCSEire


The 25th annual conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) is being held on June 17-18. The conference is sponsored by ACM, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computing Education (SIGCSE), the ACM Europe Council, and Informatics Europe. ITiCSE 2020 will take place in a virtual format hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Centre for Excellent IT Education (Excited).

As the conference is virtual this year, it's a great opportunity to attend at low cost. Registration rates are very reasonable and early rates are available until May 31 at iticse.acm.org/registration

Ireland has a super strong showing this year with at least 11 authors contributing 7 papers, two posters, and participating in three working groups as well as the doctoral consortium. This is most certainly a record by a long shot and I may have missed a thing or two looking at the program! If you have any questions please let me know. I've been to ITiCSE every year since 2016 and it's one of my favourite conferences!

ITiCSE Conference website

23/11/2019: Ireland ACM SIGCSE Chapter Launch Update


The Ireland ACM SIGCSE chapter launch will be held at the UCD School of Computer Science on December 11, 2019 from 14.00-18.00 (official launch starting at 15.00). The School of Computer Science is building 18 (grid C6) on the map here: or use the interactive map here.

Tentative Schedule:
  • 2-3pm: Early arrivals networking (tea/coffee/biscuits) and Poster Showcase*
  • 3-5pm: Talks
    • 3.00: Welcome - Professor Joe Carthy (College Principal, College Of Science, UCD)
    • 3.10: Opening - Dr Chris Bleakley (Head of School of Computer Science, UCD)
    • 3.20: “SIGCSEire and Computing Education in Ireland” – Dr. Brett Becker (Chair, SIGCSEire)
    • 3.45: SIGCSE and diversity: some success and a challenge (Keynote) - Professor Amber Settle (DePaul University, Chicago, USA), SIGCSE Board Member (immediate past-chair)
    • 4.30: Timeless Lessons from Teaching Programming, or Not (Keynote) - Dr Paul Dickson (Ithaca College, NY, USA)
  • 5pm: Reception with festive treats
* The poster showcase will feature posters with themes of Computing Education and/or Computing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Anyone is welcome to present a poster that has previously been presented or one that is being developed for the future. Note that we do not require “new” posters to be developed just for this event. There will be no peer-review process. To present a poster, please email brett.becker@ucd.ie directly.

Attendance for the launch is free but registration is essential for members and non-members. Book your tickets here. Please note that registering for the launch and joining the chapter are separate processes. You can join SIGCSEire at the membership page.

11/10/2019: Ireland ACM SIGCSE Chapter Launch


The Ireland ACM SIGCSE chapter launch will be held at the UCD School of Computer Science on December 11, 2019 from 14.00-18.00 (official launch starting at 15.00 after early arrivals' tea and coffee). Opening the launch will be Professor Joe Carthy (College Principal, College Of Science, UCD) and Dr Chris Bleakley (Head of School of Computer Science, UCD).

We are delighted to have keynotes by Professor Amber Settle (DePaul University, Chicago, USA), SIGCSE Board Member (immediate past-chair) and Dr Paul Dickson (Ithaca College, NY, USA).

Attendance is free but registration is essential.

Book your tickets here.