first academic conference and presentation: jcdl 2010
I recently got back from Australia where I presented my first published conference paper at an academic conference. The conference was the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) which ran concurrently with the International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL). I had one paper accepted at JCDL and another accepted at ICADL. The conferences took place in Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia.
The paper at JCDL was called Translating Handwritten Bushman Texts and is available via ACM here or via my institutional repository here. The paper for ICADL was called A Visual Dictionary for an Extinct Language and is available via Springer here or via my institutional repository here.
It was a great experience! Not only did I get to see and hear what cutting edge research was being performed by leading researchers in the field of digital libraries, but I also got to meet and interact with many of them and form some new connections at various Universities around the world. I also got to put faces to many of the papers I have been reading for most of this year
The main things that I took away from the conference were:
- Computer science does not always need to be technical, but can also be philosophical and have social implications.
- Researchers are generally interested in what others have to say.
- Researchers contextualise the research of others and fit it in with their research.
- Computer scientists are not simply nerds, but also like to have fun (but everyone already knows that)!
Unfortunately, I didn’t really have time to explore the Gold Coast since I was only there for 4 days, but I did get to go to the Outback Spectacular show (sort of Australia’s Wild West) and got to see family which recently immigrated to Australia a few years ago, as well as a cousin who lives in the United States, who I hadn’t seen in 7 years, and who just happened to be in Australia at the same time as me.
I would like to thank my supervisor A/Prof. Hussein Suleman for assisting me in writing the articles, as well as my co-authors Sanvir Manilal and Lebogang Molwantoa. I would also like to thank the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town for funding my trip, and lastly, the JCDL and ICADL reviewers who liked my papers and got them accepted into the conferences.