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November 16, 2005

Source: University of Calgary:

U of C holds first annual computer science symposium

"Computer Science Future Day" will be held November 21^st , 2005 at the University of Calgary. The event will provide an overview on the latest computer science research at the U of C and will outline how companies can benefit from collaborative research. "Much of the work going on in our department is very relevant to industry here. We’re doing work in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, distributed systems and software engineering that might have a direct impact on industry and business. We also believe involving students with industry in their credit level research is a benefit both to the students and to industry," says Dr. Frank Maurer, event organizer and associate head of research and planning for the university’s computer science department.

Maurer describes information technology as an "exploding field" that has seen a strong turnaround since the dot-com crash of a few years ago. "Many of our grads have jobs before they even finish their degree." However, Maurer expects to see the number of graduates drop in the coming years after its current peak, and says one goal of this event is to get people talking about the IT industry.

"I hope people in industry start talking to the press and get the message out that there is a good career in this field. Hopefully this will attract more high school students into the field."

The symposium will feature guest speakers talking about how research collaborations between the U of C and industry have been successful, and will also spotlight some of the innovative research now under way. One presentation will focus on research into human-computer interaction and how best to visualize large amounts of information. Other presentations will be on software engineering and how U of C researchers are looking at creating more efficient and secure software.

First annual computer science symposium.

University of Calgary and representatives from the computer industry.

November 21 , 2005
8 am – 1 pm

Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
Parking: Art Parkade (enter the U of C from 24 Ave NW)

Media Contacts:
Dr. Frank Maurer, 220-3531,
Janna Klemen, Media Relations, 220-4756,

For more information:


Janna Klemen
Media Relations Advisor
University of Calgary, External Communications
Phone: 403-220-4756 Fax: 403-282-8413



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