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1 Computer Science Careers and You with Dr. Danny Silver Jodrey School of Computer Science “Come as a student … leave as a Colleague” 8/25/20141Jodrey School of Computer Science

2 Agenda Computer Science – It’s not just programming Careers and Career Pathways Acadia and Computer Science Q/A and Discussion Door prize and Close 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science2

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? 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science4

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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science5

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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science6

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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science7

8 Why Study Computer Science? Computer Science: – is essential to Canada’s 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 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science14 Courtesy of Tom Turchet, ITAC Computer Science and ICT are essential to Canada’s Future

15 ICT is Essential to Canada’s Future 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science15 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science16 Unemployment: ICT 6.5%.

17 High Demand for Skilled Labour 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science17 Source: Industry Canada website: Quarterly Monitor of the Canadian ICT Sector - Q2, 2008 (thousands)

18 Outlook – Even Higher Demand ICTC Outlook 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science18

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! 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science19 Source: ICTC Outlook October 2008 Workforce Requirements

20 Low Supply of Talent Change in Enrollment in North America 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science20 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 21 st 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science23 Computer Science Research CS + Application area X Interdisciplinary Specializations System Installation and Technical Support Small Systems Admin. and Support Project Management System Analyst/Design Software Development Technical Expert Programming

24 A Landscape of Opportunity 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science24 Computer Science Research CS + Application area X Interdisciplinary Specializations System Installation and Technical Support Small Systems Admin. and Support Project Management System Analyst/Design Software Development Technical Expert Programming

25 Most needed ICT talent in Canada? 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science25 37% of sector jobs in 2008 Source: ICTC Outlook October 2008 (Data from Feb, 2006)

26 Where are the ICT Jobs in NS? 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science26 Source: NSCC Survey of Nova Scotia’s Information Technology Industry, June 2008

27 An Optomistic Future in NS for IT! 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science27 Source: NSCC Survey of Nova Scotia’s Information Technology Industry, June 2008

28 Nova Scotia’s best kept secret: Entrepreneurial opportunities here at home 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science28

29 Nova Scotia’s best kept secret: Entrepreneurial opportunities here at home 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science29

30 Nova Scotia’s best kept secret: Entrepreneurial opportunities here at home 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science30

31 Nova Scotia’s best kept secret: Entrepreneurial opportunities here at home 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science31

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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science32

33 Educational Paths University CS -vs- Comm. College IT University Degree Down Side Up Side MathematicsJump start program 4 years to job2 years then Co-op $$$$$$$$ over life Hard work Best years of your life 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science33

34 Educational Paths The 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science34

35 ICTC Awareness Campaign 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science35

36 CACS/AIC 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science36

37 Computer Science Teachers Assoc. 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science37

38 Why Acadia University? Well-rounded education + Social, personal and spiritual growth MacLean’s: 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science38

39 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science40

41 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, Years of CS at Acadia – D.Bonyun, IBM 1650, FORTRAN, 3 courses – CS Dept, BSc or BA, A. Mufti, DEC-PDP 11/45, BASIC, APL, COBOL, 16 courses – I. Tomek, Dec-10, ALGOL, MSc in CS, microcomputers, $50k research grants, 24 courses – JSOCS and BCS, Vax Mini, Simula, Computer Science Club, Cyber – 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 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 Why JSOCS? Faculty: 7 full-time profs, 3 part-time Staff: Admin. assistant, CS Lab Technician CIPS accredited degrees In class and Open Acadia con’t 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 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 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 1.E-Commerce (2000) 2.Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (2009) 3.Game Development (2010)

44 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science45

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 videovideo

48 Game Development Developed in co-op with Game Industry in NS Courses in CS, Math, English, ?? Finest usability lab east of Montreal Youtube videovideo HB Studio videovideo 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science48

49 Artificial Intelligence Intelligent Agents Machine Learning and data mining User modeling and adaptive interfaces Adaptive systems Robotics IA videovideo 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science49

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 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 Robot Programming Competitions HRC/FLL – 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 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science52

53 JSOCS Advisory Board Meeting - March, 2008 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 2 nd Year From Kingston, NS Curtis Taylor Final year, From Stouffville, ON Varsity football team 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science54

55 Current CS Students Chris Fry Joseph O’Neil Coady ?? Dyllon Moseychuck Morgan ?? Heather Myres (CS+Bio) Jana (CS+Bus) Curtis Taylor 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science55

56 Alumni: Words of Wisdom Chris Martel - Class of 08 – Programmer/Analyst – Stats Canada Rob O’Quinn – Class of 05 – Senior Software Engineer – HB Studios, Lunenburg 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science56

57 Alumni: Words of Wisdom Jim Diamond Sarah Perkins Roseann McClare Duane Currie Roxanne Lake Chris Kendricks Karen Wilder Rob O’Quinn 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science57

58 Let’s Take a Break Network - Make a friend! Robot demonstrations 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science58

59 Door Prize Draw 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science59

60 Thank You for Coming! cs.acadiau.ca 8/25/2014Jodrey School of Computer Science60


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