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Title: Computer Science Careers and You with Dr. Danny Silver


1
Computer Science Careers and Youwith Dr. Danny
Silver
  • Jodrey School of Computer Science
  • Come as a student leave as a Colleague

2
Agenda
  • Computer Science Its not just programming
  • Careers and Career Pathways
  • Acadia and Computer Science
  • Q/A and Discussion
  • Door prize and Close

3
Introduction
  • Our society depends upon computer systems and the
    people who develop and maintain them

4
What is Computer Science?
  • What is a computer scientist?
  • Will I have to grow fuzzy hair?
  • What does s/he do?
  • Will I have to sit in front of
  • a computer all day?
  • What kind of people will I work with?
  • Will I become a geek nerd?

5
What is Computer Science?
  • Study of information and computation
  • Analysis, design and development of computer
    systems
  • FUN COOL - EXCITING
  • Cutting edge projects
  • Exciting and talented people
  • All over the world, in every sector
  • Significant impact on society and our planet

6
What is a Computer Scientist?
  • Designs computers and the computer software
  • Develops information technologies for
  • application in business and industry
  • Tackles complex problems
  • Often working in groups
  • Loves to innovate, create solutions
  • Loves to learn changing , exciting field
  • Good concentration and attention to detail
  • Methodical, logical, good communication skills
  • ? Project leadership and managerial positions

7
A Few Definitions
  • CS Computer Science
  • IT Information Technology
  • ICT Information and Communications
    Technology
  • CIPS Canadian Information Processing Society
  • ICTC Information and Communications
    Technology Council of Canada

8
Why Study Computer Science?
  • Computer Science
  • is essential to Canadas future
  • talent is in greater demand than we can supply
  • leads to many careers
  • is important intellectually
  • supports and links to most other areas of study
  • teaches problem solving
  • builds teamwork and leadership skills
  • develops life-long learning skills

9
Motivation
  • Computer Science is important intellectually
  • Computer is comparable to writing /printing press
  • Logical reasoning if-then structures
  • Mathematics queues, cache, buffers
  • Algorithmic thinking loops, subroutines,
    recursion
  • Possible workings of the human mind
  • Programming is to CS, as playing a piano is to
    music

10
Motivation
  • Computer Science supports and links to most other
    areas of study
  • Progress in science lt--gt progress in technology
  • Need for diverse abilities and perspectives
  • CS and neuroscientists the brain
  • Biologists and CS the Genome
  • Meteorologists and CS weather prediction
  • Future scientists require basic knowledge of CS

11
Motivation
  • Computer Science teaches problem solving
  • Artists, designers, mathematicians, engineers,
    scientists work on solving problems
  • AND computer scientists and software engineers
  • CS studies the problem solving process itself
  • Analysis and design are carefully reviewed
  • Decomposition, abstraction, modular design
  • Always new methods being investigated
  • Cooperation and strong interpersonal skills are
    key

12
Motivation
  • Computer Science builds teamwork and leadership
    skills
  • CS Team members must deal with egos, recognize
    weaknesses, share knowledge
  • Students learn that your best friend can also be
    your strongest critic
  • Learn to deal with mix of talents, finesse
    situations, influence change
  • Plan, organize, control, lead complex projects
  • Estimate and deal with risk

13
Motivation
  • Computer Science develops life-long learning
    skills Change is the only constant
  • Promotes learning to learn
  • Encourages on-going study and contribution
  • Encourages oral and written communication skills
  • Promotes sharing of ideas the Web

14
Motivation
Computer Science and ICT are essential to
Canadas Future
Courtesy of Tom Turchet, ITAC
15
ICT is Essential to Canadas Future
  • ICT Sector 57.6 B
  • 4.7 of GDP in 2007
  • Up 4.4 from 2006
  • Similar rise last 5 years

16
High Demand for Skilled Labour
Unemployment ICT lt 3.5 National average gt
6.5.
17
High Demand for Skilled Labour
(thousands)
Source Industry Canada website Quarterly
Monitor of the Canadian ICT Sector - Q2, 2008
18
Outlook Even Higher Demand
  • ICTC Outlook 2008-2015 Report (Oct 30, 2008)
  • 125,000 to 175,000 ICT workers needed
  • 15,795 to 22,345 per year
  • 50 of hiring because of retirements
  • 40 Fed. IT workers eligible for retirement in
    2008
  • Half of all hires
  • Systems analysts and software engineers
  • Computer programmers and interactive media
    developers
  • User support technicians

19
Outlook Even Higher Demand
  • From 2008 2015
  • 7,200 university graduates per year needed (min.)
  • 5,100 domestic capacity (BSc, BEng)
  • 2,100 through immigration
  • good news for students!

Workforce Requirements
Source ICTC 2008-15 Outlook October 2008
20
Low Supply of TalentChange in Enrollment in
North America
Source CRA
21
Motivation
  • Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai Campus,
    Zhuhai, China
  • 2009
  • 15,000 students
  • 2002
  • A field

22
Motivation
  • Computer Science leads to many careers
  • Vast majority of 21st century careers will
    require basic understanding of computer science
    methods
  • Involves Technology, Processes, People , Projects
  • We are training people for jobs that do not as
    yet exist
  • They will likely require ICT Domain X expertise
  • Bioinformatics - Health-Informatics
  • GIS - Enviro-Informatics
  • Interactive Digital Media - Genomics
  • Information Science - Food Science

23
A Landscape of Opportunity
Small Systems Admin. and Support
System Installation and Technical Support
CS Application area X Interdisciplinary
Specializations
Programming
Computer Science
Project Management
Programming
System Analyst/Design
Software Development
Technical Expert
Research
24
A Landscape of Opportunity
Small Systems Admin. and Support
System Installation and Technical Support
CS Application area X Interdisciplinary
Specializations
Programming
Computer Science
Project Management
Programming
System Analyst/Design
Software Development
Technical Expert
Research
25
Most needed ICT talent inCanada?
37 of sector jobs in 2008
(Data from Feb, 2006)
Source ICTC 2008-15 Outlook October 2008
26
Where are the ICT Jobs in NS?
Source NSCC Survey of Nova Scotias Information
Technology Industry, June 2008
27
An Optomistic Future in NS for IT!
Source NSCC Survey of Nova Scotias Information
Technology Industry, June 2008
28
Nova Scotias best kept secret Entrepreneurial
opportunities here at home
29
Nova Scotias best kept secret Entrepreneurial
opportunities here at home
30
Nova Scotias best kept secret Entrepreneurial
opportunities here at home
31
Nova Scotias best kept secret Entrepreneurial
opportunities here at home
32
What are employers looking for?
  • Core technical skills (CS, Datacom)
  • Experience with domain applications and computing
    platforms
  • Experience with specific business processes to
    which ICT is a solution
  • Great communications
  • Great team-work skills

33
Educational Paths University CS -vs- Comm.
College IT
  • University Degree
  • Down Side Up Side
  • Mathematics Jump start program
  • 4 years to job 2 years then Co-op
  • over life
  • Hard work Best years of your life

34
Educational PathsThe Interdisciplinary Advantage
  • Degree programs in computer science are expanding
    to applied interdisciplinary areas
  • Computer science Domain X knowledge
  • Business Informatics CS Business
  • Environmental Informatics CS Env. Science
  • Bioinformatics CS Molecular Biology
  • Health Informatics CS Health Care
  • Geo-Informatics CS Geographic Sciences
  • Forensic Informatics CS Forensic Sciences

35
ICTC Awareness Campaign
36
CACS/AIC
37
Computer Science Teachers Assoc.
38
Why Acadia University?
  • Well-rounded education Social, personal and
    spiritual growth
  • MacLeans Consistently one of top 3 in Canada
  • Small class sizes
  • Friendly and caring faculty and staff
  • Current technology and educational programs
  • Acadia Advantage 2.0
  • Excellent student services centre
  • Sport, artistic and cultural opportunities and
    events
  • Friendships that last a lifetime

39
Acadia Advantage 2.0
  • Students will order and own one of four laptops
  • Apple MacBook or the MacBook Pro
  • Dell Latitude D630 or the M1530 XP
  • Students will access Apple and Dell directly via
    on-line store to open before the end of exams in
    April
  • Warranty - fully supported and serviced on campus
  • Discount prices from what is otherwise available
  • Laptop delivered direct from the manufacturer
  • Access to range of Apple and Dell add-ons

40
Jodrey School of Computer Science
  • 40 years of computer science at Acadia (1968)
  • Anniversary of the School Oct, 2008
  • JSOCS has graduated
  • 1434 Undergraduates
  • 69 Masters
  • 1503 Total

41
40 Years of CS at Acadia
  • 1968-69 D.Bonyun, IBM 1650, FORTRAN, 3 courses
  • 1970-74 CS Dept, BSc or BA, A. Mufti, DEC-PDP
    11/45, BASIC, APL, COBOL, 16 courses
  • 1975-77 I. Tomek, Dec-10, ALGOL, MSc in CS,
    microcomputers, 50k research grants, 24 courses
  • 1978-79 JSOCS and BCS, Vax Mini, Simula,
    Computer Science Club, Cyber 171
  • 1980-84 R.Giles, T.Muldner, Pascal, ALTOS,
    ONYX, TURBO-DOS, SPECTRIX multi-user micros,
    CYBER 815, 200k grants,
  • 1985 2007 L. Oliver, A.Trudel, C. Wightman

42
Why JSOCS?
  • Faculty 7 full-time profs, 3 part-time
  • Staff Admin. assistant, CS Lab Technician
  • CIPS accredited degrees
  • In class and Open Acadia cont ed. courses
  • On-site free tutoring
  • 100 Co-op placement over last 3 years
  • Research experience as an undergraduate
  • Many opportunities to work on campus

43
Degrees Offered
  • Four CIPS-accredited undergraduate degrees, all
    with Co-operative Education Option
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Specialization
  • E-Commerce (2000)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (2009)
  • Game Development (2010)

44
Why JSOCS?
  • World class facilities (network, servers, HPC)
  • Home of NS Robot Programming Competition
  • Student Computer Science Society
  • Numerous faculty/student events
  • Soccer, Broomball
  • Volleyball, Curling
  • Corporate duck race
  • Video game competitions
  • Ethnic pot-lucks
  • Come as a student leave as a Colleague

45
Labs and Research Groups
  • Intelligent Information Technology Res. Lab
  • Cooperative Intelligent Distributed Systems Group
  • Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Res. Group
  • XML and Applications Group
  • Web Census Research Group
  • HCDI - Human Computer Dog Interface Group

46
Mobile Computing
  • Mobile Handheld Background
  • 5 Billion text messages sent per day in 2009
  • 6 Billion voice minutes used per day
  • 1.2 Billion cell phones sold in 2009
  • 14 of that market is smart phones
  • 45 Million iPod Touch devices have been sold
  • 1 Million iPads PER MONTH in 2010
  • Over 400,000 apps in the Apple App store

47
iAcadia An iPod App
  • Developed by students
  • Uses latest in HCI tech
  • Combines I/O
  • Text - Images
  • Sound - Video
  • All into the palm of your hand
  • Tremendous new opportunities and challenges in
    interface design
  • iAcadia video

48
Game Development
  • Developed in co-op with Game Industry in NS
  • Courses in CS, Math, English, ??
  • Finest usability lab east of Montreal
  • Youtube video
  • HB Studio video

49
Artificial Intelligence
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Machine Learning and data mining
  • User modeling and adaptive interfaces
  • Adaptive systems
  • Robotics
  • IA video

50
Tidal Power - Computer Science
  • Data collection, analysis presentation
  • Underwater monitoring
  • Equipment performance
  • Water temperature and flow rates
  • Acoustic sensors, profiling software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fish and marine mammal identification and
    tracking
  • Machine learning systems trained to recognize
    moving objects from sonar data
  • Monitor marine life interaction with the
    turbines
  • Turn off the turbines if vessels, whales,
    dolphins, etc near turbines  

51
Robot Programming Competitions
  • HRC/FLL 20100
  • 19 RPC teams, 26 FLL teams, 300 middle and high
    school students engaged in science, math,
    engineering
  • Over 60,000 in external sponsorship
  • Cooperative effort
  • Acadia, NSCC, Michelin, NS Dept. Ed,
  • and several other sponors
  • Drumlin Height School team headed for FLL World
    Festival in Atlanta one of 84 teams out of
    9,000

52
Q/A and Discussion
53
Research Funding
  • 7 of 10 faculty hold NSERC grants
  • 10-15k per year
  • Additional internal or external funding
  • 2k - 100k per faculty member

54
Current CS Students
  • Cody Davison
  • 2nd Year
  • From Kingston, NS
  • Curtis Taylor
  • Final year,
  • From Stouffville, ON
  • Varsity football team

55
Current CS Students
  • Chris Fry
  • Joseph ONeil
  • Coady ??
  • Dyllon Moseychuck
  • Morgan ??
  • Heather Myres (CSBio)
  • Jana (CSBus)
  • Curtis Taylor

56
Alumni Words of Wisdom
  • Chris Martel - Class of 08
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Stats Canada
  • Rob OQuinn Class of 05
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • HB Studios, Lunenburg

57
Alumni Words of Wisdom
  • Jim Diamond
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Roseann McClare
  • Duane Currie
  • Roxanne Lake
  • Chris Kendricks
  • Karen Wilder
  • Rob OQuinn

58
Lets Take a Break
  • Network - Make a friend!
  • Robot demonstrations

59
Door Prize Draw
60
Thank You for Coming!cs.acadiau.ca
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