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1 IT - the Master Key for Success

2 school will soon be over

3 next: where to go?

4 Choice

5 but what to study?


7 something interesting

8 something that pays well

9 something useful for society

10 good news 1: you will change at least 5 times what you do during your career

11 no decision is ultimate!

12 good news 2: now it is much easier to mix and match courses and come out with combined degrees

13 so you have a chance to find a career matching all your interests

14 quick rewind: how it was once…

15 place: Sofia, Bulgaria

16 year: 1981 “real socialism”

17 Julita Vassileva, 18

18 liked: writing, painting dreamed of: traveling good at: generally everything…

19 constraints communism  writing, art, traveling

20 arts and humanities

21 engineering TU Sofia Required a 30-min tram ride from home home TU

22 sciences Biology: Chemistry: Never liked the smell Physics: okay Math: not so interesting, but powerful… –The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics... (Galileo) Ex-boyfriend applied there

23 so I chose: Math!

24 brief history of studenthood 1981- fresh”woman” in math – horrible! –6 hours of math per day! So many different kinds of math! –learned 18 hours a day –surrounded by partying geniuses –exams: @#$% -- but actually, not so bad. 1982- 2 nd year in math –favorite subject: Analysis… Geometry nice as well –Computing: just boring… –Many boys around – good. –exams – going well – apart from bloody numeric methods! 1983 – 3 rd year in math –excellent marks overall –the geniuses disappeared –research career in Functional Analysis? 1984 – 4 th year: specialization in cybernetics and system control –“Computing is like knitting” –gives a sense of power –see your creation work in reality – nice 1985/86- diploma work (M.Sc.): intelligent tutoring system for Ohm’s law 1985 - got married!

25 after graduation: quickly back to school 1986: assistant prof. at the Chemical Technology Inst. –too much teaching – 15 hrs/week, 15 weeks/term… –doing this all my life? –what else? – compete to enter a PhD program. 1987: PhD program at the Institute of Math (CS), Bulg. Academy of Sciences – practical Intelligent tutoring systems for any domain – A baby (1988)! – joy and horror! – found a nanny (1989)! That was an achievement! – read, read, think, write, think, write, program, play, think, think, read, play, play, program, think, play, think, write, read, think, write, play … – first paper accepted at an international conference in Sofia 1989: Suddenly the Wall collapsed! – Second paper accepted at a conference in Germany – I am the first one in my family go to the West on business! – And I got the PhD (1991)! – The world was ready for my arrival!

26 the big journey 1992-1997: Munich, Germany –research associate at Inst. Technische Informatik –work, work work –the 2-body problem –distance –the horrors of the German kindergarten for a 4 yrs. old not speaking German) –Europe is too small, crowded 1997-present: Saskatoon, Canada - research associate (2 years) - University Faculty Award (1999) – faculty at UofS - assistant prof 1999-2001 - associate prof 2001-june 2007 - full prof Juy 2007 - Writing and publishing over 100 papers Conferences and sabbaticals – traveling around the world (some of my dreams came true)

27 my travels Amsterdam Porto Auckland, NZ Christchurch,NZ Hawaii Santiago, Chile Berlin Madrid, Spain Maceio, Brazil

28 but this is history…

29 what is the situation Now and Here?

30 Computing and Financial Management Mathematics and Computer Science Actuarial Science Bioinformatics Business Administration (WLU) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree Combinatorics and Optimization Computational Mathematics Computer Science Mathematics Mathematics Teaching Option Mathematics/Business Administration Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy Operations Research Pure Mathematics Statistics Mathematical Physics Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy Biotechnology/Economics Environment and Business Environment and Resource Studies Biology related Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biochemistry and biotechnology Biotechnology Biology Biology and biotechnology Biomolecular structure Microbiology and biotechnology Sociology of Biotechnology Example Interdisciplinary Programs

31 Biology Chemistry Engineering Computer Science Biochemistry Biotechnology Business/ Commerce Sociology Bioinformatics Mathematics Mathematics & MBA Nanotech Physics Environment Studies Agriculture Study: programs / disciplines International development

32 Biology Chemistry Engineering Biochemistry Biotechnology Business/ Commerce Sociology Bioinformatics Mathematics Mathematics & MBA Nanotech Physics Environment Studies Agriculture International development Computer Science Application of knowledge

33 programming – though it is deemed necessary to proceed to learn towards really interesting things what is NOT computer science?

34 so what IS computer science? Informatics – the science of information: patterns, structures, processes Intelligence - understanding and constructing intelligent behaviours

35 Business Computing Dr. Maya Daneva Telus

36 Business Process Modelling Main aims of process models: descriptive –traces what actually happens during a process –takes the point of view of an external observer who looks at the way a process has been performed and determines the improvements that have to be made to make it perform more effectively or efficiently prescriptive –defines desired processes and how they should/could/might be performed –lays down rules, guidelines, and behavior patterns which, if followed, would lead to the desired process performance. They range from strict enforcement to flexible guidance. explanatory –provides explanations about the rationale of processes –explores and evaluates several possible courses of action based on rational arguments –establishes an explicit link between processes and the requirements that they are to fulfill E.g. SAP – the largest German Software Company allows integrated: Budget monitoring: Gives managers seamless access to the financial data they need to make better decisions. Time management: Enables employees to record work and billable hours using their calendar, and automatically synchronizes and updates appointments with the application for enterprise resource planning (ERP). Leave management: Enables employees to submit personal leave requests and handle management approvals processes. Organization management: Allows employees and managers to access organization information and HR-related tasks.

37 BioComputing Professor Lila Kari Computer Science, University of Western Ontario

38 Computational Biology = tries to solve biological problems with computational modelling methods and tools. Examples include simulation programs applied to looking at protein-protein interactions, protein folding, drug binding site elucidation, etc. Bioinformatics = the application of data management, data mining, data modeling and algorithmic techniques to biological databases, such as genome databases and related sequencing information. Examples include using computer models to predict method gene function and data mining for inferring and determining sequence homology information. Biomolecular Computation = exploit biological macromolecules to implement relatively standard methods of computation. Examples are DNA computing, storage media using bacteria rhodopsin and biologically altered cells that do rudimentary operations within the paradigm of traditional computation. Biological Computation = how biology computes from the sub-cellular level to the systems and population level.

39 Social Computing My name is danah boyd and i'm a PhD student in SIMS at Berkeleydanah boydSIMS at Berkeley and a social media researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley.Yahoo! Research Berkeley Buzzwords in my world include: identity, context, social networks, youth culture, social software, performance, Friendster, MySpace. Barry Wellman is a Professor at the University of Toronto. He studies networks: community, communication, computer, and social. His research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace, social support, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods. Paul Resnick, University of Michigan: We are drawing on theories and data from social psychology and public goods economics to drive design decisions about on-line communities with the goal of increasing participants' contributions to the communal good.

40 Affective Computing Rosalind Picard MIT Media Lab Affective Computing is computing that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences emotions “Our approach, grounded in findings from cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, medicine, psychophysiology, sociology, and ethics, is to develop engineering tools for measuring, modeling, reasoning about, and responding to affect. Thus, we develop new sensors, algorithms, systems, and theories that enable new forms of machine intelligence as well as new forms of human understanding.”

41 Artificial Intelligence Author of the program Chinook, the World Man-Machine Checkers Champion.Chinook Chinook has been recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the first computer to win a human world championship in any game. We have done a lot of work on (nearly optimally) solving Sokoban problems.Sokoban We think we have the strongest poker program (Texas Hold'em).poker An awesome Lines of Action program.Lines of Action One of the best Hex programs.Hex Game computing

42 but I can also study biology, psychology or sociology and then do all the computational stuff

43 yes, but it will be harder think of all the Math that you will have forgotten in the meantime learn the harder stuff when you are younger and smarter!

44 “studying CS is hard”

45 well, yes, but just the first 2 years! and every study at the University is hard in the 1 st year!

46 This is Just a Temporary Appearance

47 “need a lot of patience to succeed”

48 yes, patience is needed to debug programs.

49 a small attitude test Imagine you are at a math exam You’re simplifying an equation and you get stuck at the following: 0*x = 2 Your classmates are whispering around you: “The right answer is 12”… What do you do?

50 options  Check carefully to find your error – spend the remainder of the exam on this, leaving the other problems  Check briefly and go to the next problem, then check again if there is time left  Think “they must be wrong”, even though you can’t really get any answer from where you are now  Write an explanation note to the examiner, that you have worked really hard and even though it seems to be wrong it isn’t really your fault

51 key XCheck carefully to find your error – spend the remainder of the exam on this, leaving the other problems  Check briefly and go to the next problem, then check again if there is time left  Think “they must be wrong”, even though you can’t really get any answer from where you are now  Write an explanation note to the examiner, that you have worked really hard and even though it seems to be wrong it isn’t really your fault

52 It is not my fault! It is this stupid compiler!!! My program is perfect!

53 of course, it IS your fault! but sometimes it helps to kick this stupid computer (gently ;-)

54 yes, patience is needed to debug programs. and a dose of healthy self- confidence goes a long way!

55 in Year 3, you will see light in the tunnel it all suddenly makes sense together.

56 now you CAN use it to solve real problems. and the problems are everywhere, waiting for you!

57 so are the jobs Which jobs are most offered? NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) asked employers which jobs they have offered the most so far this year (2005) and what their starting salaries were. The results: Accounting (private): $44,564 Management trainee: $35,811 Teaching: $29,733 Consulting: $49,781 Sales: $37,130 Accounting (public): $41,039 Financial/Treasury analysis: $45,596 Software design/development: $53,729 Design/construction engineering: $47,058 Registered nurse: $38,775 All of the salaries quoted are national (US) averages. The NACE survey looked at starting pay in 70 disciplines at the bachelor's degree level. Source:

58 and the $$$s Engineering Majors$49,636 Computer Sciences Majors $49,110 Business Majors$41,233 Health Sciences Majors $39,499 Sciences Majors$38,121 Home Economics Majors $33,565 Agriculture & Natural Resources Majors $32,403 Communications Majors $31,900 Humanities & Social Sciences Majors $31,212 Education Majors$30,646 Engineering breakdown: Chemical engineering $53,813 Computer engineering $52,464 Electrical engineering $51,888 Civil engineering $43,679 Mechanical engineering $50,236 Arts and Humanities: Psychology and sociology $29,861 History: $31,727 English: $32,237 Starting salaries for Graduating class 2005:

59 Epilogue: 10 reasons NOT to…

60 …choose an easy path

61 if it seems easy: many people will choose this path there will be too many people just like you what would be YOUR market value? getting a job would be like winning

62 personal satisfaction? but how can you get satisfaction from something that is hard? - if you work hard, you will succeed. - the feeling of success after challenge brings a great satisfaction.

63 …choose something that you like! - no, you will grow to like what you choose, when you become good in it. - the reward is well worth the effort.

64 why do athletes subject themselves to gruesome training? to get the satisfaction of personal achievement to win to get recognition to get $$$

65 your attitude determines the altitude that you will reach.

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