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Following the format established for the first Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Applications and Theory (PCCAT), PCCAT 2011 will provide a day for postgraduate students working in the fields of computing theory and its applications to present their day in a conference setting.

Students interested in attending the conference can submit an abstract describing their work which, if accepted, will be written up as a short paper for oral presentation, or presented as a poster at PCCAT on 8th June.

PCCAT 2010

On June 9th 2010 the University of Exeter hosted the first Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Application and Theory (PCCAT). Organised by postgraduate students from the Computer Science department, the aim of the event was to allow postgraduate students researching within the Computing discipline from across the South West to gain an insight into the wide range of research being carried out in local universities. The event was sponsored by Great Western Research and the BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT. After calls for both papers and posters, eleven papers and four posters were successfully submitted. Each paper was anonymously reviewed by two members of the review panel according to clarity of presentation, novelty and relevance to the field. The review panel comprised postgraduate volunteers from Bath, Plymouth and Exeter Universities.

The conference provided a great forum for discussion with topics including evolutionary computation, human-computer-interaction (HCI) and computational modelling. The day began with a very interesting invited keynote: Dave Vines (Senior Software Engineer & Master Inventor WebSphere Messaging Development - IBM United Kingdom Limited), and concluded with an insightful panel discussion: Research and its Place in Industry. The panel comprised Dave Vines (IBM), Sean Fielding (Director of Research & Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter), Professor Richard Everson (University of Exeter) and Dr. David C. Billington (Executive Director, Great Western Research).

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