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.
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).