Aug 232012

The SACSIT 2012 conference will be taking place 1 – 3 October 2012 at the the Irene Country Lodge, Centurion. This year’s conference is hosted by the School of Computing and the Centre for Software Engineering (CENSE), UNISA . The theme of the SAICSIT 2012 conference is “Contemplate. Connect. Collaborate“.

SAICSIT Conference 2012

SAICSIT Conference 2012

SAICSIT is the annual research conference of the South African national computing society of the same name. The conference provides researchers with a forum for presenting research in computer science, information systems, information technology, software engineering and computer engineering. SAICSIT is an international conference and contributions from all parts of the world are warmly welcomed.

Full research papers accepted for SAICSIT 2012 will be included in the ACM Digital Library as part of the International Conference Proceedings Series published by ACM, subject to the ACM’s copyright approval process.

The conference programme will include technical paper sessions, plenary keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops – to cater for a broad audience of participants.  The first day – Monday 1 October 2012 – is devoted to tutorials, workshops and an all-day Master’s and Doctoral Symposium.  The main conference will be held from Tuesday 2nd October to Wednesday 3rd October 2012.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:

Benjamin B. Bederson is a Professor of Computer Science and a past director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and iSchool at the University of Maryland. An ACM Distinguished Scientist, his research is on human computation, mobile device interfaces, interaction strategies, digital libraries, and children’s education.  He is also Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Zumobi, a premium mobile app network.

Umberto Straccia holds a PhD in Computer Science, obtained at the University of Dortmund in 1999. He is currently a researcher at ISTI – CNR, Istituto di Scienze e di Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). His research activities are in the areas of the Semantic Web, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Distributed Information Retrieval based on ontologies (defined in RDFS, OWL and RIF).

Chris Wendt graduated as Diplom-Informatiker from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and subsequently spent a decade on software internationalization for a multitude of Microsoft products, including Windows, Internet Explorer, MSN and Windows Live – bringing these products to market with equal functionality worldwide. Since 2005 he is leading the program management and planning for Microsoft’s Machine Translation development, responsible for Bing Translator and Microsoft Translator services. He is based at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA.