CPIT’s Computing Department stands out at IT conferences

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23 Oct 2012

CPIT impressed at the 25th Annual Conference of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ), with tutors and a student taking out four of five top research awards. Dobrila and Mike Lopez won Best Paper, Best Collaborative Research and also received Runner Up in the Educational Innovation section, while Mike Lance, Amitrajit Sarkar and Rob Oliver took out Best Staff Poster and Richard Cattermole received the award for Best Student Poster.

“CITRENZ recognition of the quality of our research is internationally prestigious and an excellent addition to the CV’s of our staff and students. We have won awards before but never so many in one year,” Alison Clear, Head of the Computing Department at CPIT said.

CPIT hosted the conference which brought together academics from tertiary institutes throughout New Zealand to examine and discuss research focused on the theme ‘forging new pathways’.

Major topics of discussion

Major topics of discussion at the conference included new technologies such as tablet computers, virtualisation, e-learning and social media and how these can be applied to education. Clear explains that the computing qualifications of the future will be vastly different to those that exist now.

“Technology is changing rapidly and we need to future proof ourselves. We are already doing this here at CPIT” Clear says.

Conference participants all re-iterated that the IT industry is expanding so rapidly that there are not enough qualified people to meet demand.

“We just cannot produce enough graduates to meet the need out there. More people need to come into IT,” Clear says.

Women in IT

This industry issue was discussed further at a second conference which followed on from CITRENZ: New Zealand and Australian Women in Information Technology.

“There are so few women entering the IT industry. We need more of a balance so that women are part of the IT decisions of the future. It is an exciting and people-focussed career and women can do it,” Clear says.

The possibilities for a career in IT are extensive. CPIT’s Computing Department offers a range of programmes in ICT & computing. Find out more.