Computer & Information Science to Host 48th ACMSE Conference April 15-17

OXFORD, Miss. – More than 150 computer scientists from around the region are expected at the University of Mississippi April 15-17 for the 48th annual Association for Computing Machinery SouthEast Conference.

The event, slated for the Student Union, is hosted by UM’s Department of Computer and Information Science.

“This conference provides an excellent forum for both faculty and students to present their research in a friendly and dynamic atmosphere,” said H. Conrad Cunningham, department chair. “The exciting array of events scheduled includes two keynote addresses, four pre-conference workshops, three tutorials, 67 paper presentations and 21 poster presentations.”

Nell B. Dale, the first woman to receive ACM’s prestigious Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for “changing the study of computer programming to focus on problem solving and software engineering principles, and away from language syntax,” delivers the first keynote address Friday morning.

A retired educator from the University of Texas, Dale received the ABACUS Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the Computing Sciences. This award is presented to an individual who has gained international renown in the profession, and over a period of several years has provided extensive support and leadership for student-related activities in the computing and information disciplines.

Hal Stern, vice president in Oracle’s North American Enterprise Solutions Group, delivers the second keynote address Friday evening. Stern, who focuses on the boundary between Oracle’s Sun hardware and core database and middleware technologies, was most recently a distinguished engineer and vice president of global systems engineering at Sun Microsystems. He previously held the titles of Chief Technology Officer for Software, Services, iPlanet and the North American sales organization in more than 20 years at Sun.

Four pre-conference workshops are offered beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Topics include Model-Driven Engineering, Object-Oriented Discrete Event Simulation, Teaching with Embedded Xinu and Teaching with Alice 3.

As corporate partners of the conference, AT&T, SAP, Sun, Oracle and Dell are providing financial support for this year’s ACMSE meeting on the UM campus.

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