ITiCSE 2005  Announcement and   Call for Participation
Universidade  Nova de Lisboa

The 10th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, June 27-29, 2005

The ITiCSE 2005 Conference will be held in Monte de Caparica, Portugal , hosted by Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). Founded in the 1970s, UNL is the newest public institution for scientific instruction and research in the greater Lisbon area. UNL is dedicated to the integration of advanced technological perspectives into the study of the natural, physical, and biomedical sciences, economics, and the law. ITiCSE 2005 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). The program will consist of invited lectures, working groups, tutorials, and technical sessions featuring papers, panels, posters, demonstrations and "tips & techniques" presentations. As a new feature, the conference will include a Student Poster Competition.


Conference Site The conference site is the campus of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The FCT campus is located in the town of Monte de Caparica on the southern bank of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River), approximately twelve kilometers from the center of Lisbon and four kilometers from the lovely seaside town of Costa de Caparica. Conference participants will enjoy the rich cosmopolitan atmosphere of Lisbon as well as the attractions of a quiet, Atlantic Ocean resort.


Local Organization ITiCSE 2005 is organized locally by the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Call for Submissions Original submissions in all areas related to the conference theme – Teaching Computer Science in Interesting Times – are invited for the following categories: papers, working groups, panels, tips & techniques, posters, demonstrations and tutorials. What is it that makes these “interesting times”? Among other factors, the rapid emergence of new or expanding computing sub-disciplines; new technologies; new pedagogical approaches; as well as serious ethical and societal challenges arising from the pervasive application of technologies of computing and communication in everyday transactions, education, international law, and in response to exceptional circumstances in modern life. Rather than circumscribe the range of contributions, the following enumeration is meant to suggest the broad scope and reach of the conference theme and the corresponding breadth of submissions encouraged:

New or expanding computing sub-disciplines and new technologies: Submissions devoted to course development and prototyping in computer security, data mining, and such interdisciplinary offerings as bio- and medical informatics are welcomed. Similarly, submissions covering the incorporation of such topics as wireless and mobile networks, advances in signal, text, and speech processing, nanotechnology for “smart devices” into existing courses in computer science are encouraged.

New pedagogies and innovation in the practice of computer science education: Submissions in this area might involve pedagogies of engagement as well as innovative use of intelligent tutoring systems, mobile computing, distance education, visualization, and web-based tools. Research contributions on computer science education and the use of theory to inform pedagogy are also strongly encouraged.

Ethical and societal issues in computing: Contributions devoted to courses in ethical and social issues in computer science, as well as modules on ethical issues arising in bio- and medical informatics, data privacy, data mining, and computer security are strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines All work proposed for conference presentation must be original, complete, and submitted on-line. The official language of the conference is English. Submissions should use clear, ordinary grammar and avoid the use of colloquialisms that might be difficult for those who speak English as a second language. Submission deadlines for each category are given at the bottom of the next page. For more information about the format and content of each submission, please refer to the Call for Participation – Submission Guidelines on our web site.

Papers All papers should be high quality, unpublished, original work related to the themes of the conference. Submissions must be full papers, limited to five pages. Submissions will be subject to blind review. Accepted papers must be presented at the conference by one or more of the authors and will be published in the conference proceedings. A condition of publication is that the authors must sign the ACM copyright release form. Papers must be submitted electronically using the submissions links on this web site. Authors must prepare two versions of their papers - one a full version suitable for publication in the conference proceedings, and a second version for blind review from which all author identification has been removed - both files in pdf format. The deadline for paper submission is November 22, 2004.

Working Groups Groups of five to ten people with a common interest related to the themes of the conference will meet to work during ITiCSE 2005. Potential leaders may submit a two to four page proposal. Proposals will be selected on the basis of the perceived interest in the subject area as well as the qualifications of the leaders. Working groups will commence activities through electronic communication two months in advance, and will convene at the conference site from the Saturday before the conference through the final of the conference. Working group results will be presented to conference attendees at a poster session. After the conference, each group will submit a final report. These reports will be reviewed and, if accepted, distributed to all conference attendees, published in a SIGCSE Bulletin and in the ACM digital library. Working groups may also develop web sites of resources for educators. The deadline for working group proposals is November 22, 2004.

Panels Panel sessions provide a forum for the exploration of a "hot topic" among expert panel members and between the panel and the audience. A panel abstract is limited to two (2) pages. It should contain the following information, in this order: panel title, panel organizer information (name, affiliation, address, email, phone), panelist information (name, affiliation, email) for each panelist, and panel description. The panel description should include an introduction to the panel topic and a short position statement from each panelist. The panel organizer must select appropriate panelists who will make a commitment to participate. The panel organizer is responsible for obtaining position statements from panelists and integrating them into the abstract before submitting the proposal. All accepted panel abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. The deadline for panel submission is November 22, 2004 .

Tips & Techniques ITiCSE attendees have many valuable ideas to share about practical educational approaches that work well for them - a particular assignment, a method of assessment, a class activity, a pedagogical tool. Such ideas may not warrant a full paper at the conference. Tips & Techniques session(s) consist of ten minute presentations, each of which explains the goal, the application, and the results of a particular tip or technique. Each idea will be supported by a one-page summary that will appear in the proceedings and should include a title, presenter information (name, affiliation, address, email, and phone), a description of the idea to be presented, and optionally, a URL where further information or materials are available. Deadline for T&T submissions is February 14, 2005.

Posters Works in progress may be submitted for presentation in poster format at the conference. Each poster will be supported by a half-page abstract that will appear in the proceedings. The abstract should include a title, presenter information (name, affiliation, address, email, phone), and a description of the poster topic and contents. Presentation guidelines will be sent to authors upon acceptance. The due date for poster submissions is February 14, 2005.

Demonstrations Demonstrations of software used in classrooms and laboratories to support learning and understanding in computer science are welcomed. Demonstrations will be combined with poster presentations and can be used by authors in conjunction with their 20-minute paper presentations to further illustrate support software. Check the conference web site for information concerning equipment available. Demonstrations will be supported by a half-page abstract that will appear in the proceedings. This should include a title, presenter information (name, affiliation, address, email, phone), and a description of the demonstration topic and contents. The due date for demonstration submissions is February 14, 2005.

Tutorials Proposals are invited for tutorials that provide in-depth coverage of topics of interest to computing educators. Tutorials should be designed to be thorough and comprehensive explorations of the topic treated. Tutorials are classified as either half-day (three hours) or full-day (seven hours) and will be presented during the day before the conference. There is an additional fee for symposium attendees to participate in a tutorial. Tutorial presenters will earn two night's accommodation at a conference hotel.

A tutorial proposal is limited to two (2) pages. It should contain the following information, in this order: tutorial title, tutorial organizer information (name, affiliation, address, email, phone), tutorial category (half-day or full-day), and tutorial description. The tutorial description should provide an introduction to the topic, a description of the tutorial activities, the background of the presenter, and a separate paragraph (max 60 words) for publication that serves as a succinct description of the tutorial for symposium attendees. You must also specify all equipment needed to conduct the tutorial (some instructional laboratories may be available). A list of tutorial titles and presenters will be published in the conference proceedings. The deadline for tutorial proposals is November 22, 2004.

Student Posters Student Poster submissions should be in the form of text-based, one page extended abstracts. Each abstract should identify the problem and motivation behind the project, the approach taken, with additional comments on uniqueness of the approach and significance of results obtained. Submissions should conform to the spirit of the ACM Student Research Competition guidelines. The deadline for student poster submissions is February 14, 2005.

Exhibits Commercial exhibitions are invited for ITiCSE 2005. Publishing and software houses should contact conference organizers at for further information.

Travel and Accommodation Information The FCT campus of Universidade Nova de Lisboa is readily accessible by car and rapid public transport from the city of Lisbon and its airport. Hotel accommodations are plentifully available both in Lisbon and Costa de Caparica at two, three, and four star hotels with reasonable room rates in each category. From the standpoint of ITiCSE participation, the most convenient accommodations are those available in Costa de Caparica although participants should anticipate a small differential in room rates and greater time pressure to make reservations in this seaside resort town. There are also more economical pensões (pensions) with accommodations in Lisbon and Costa de Caparica, many of which may be reserved using the World Wide Web. Reliable, inexpensive local bus service connects Costa de Caparica to the conference site in less than 15 minutes.

Conference Committee

Conference co-chair José C. Cunha
Conference co chair William Fleischman
Program co-chair Viera K. Proulx
Program co-chair João Lourenço
Treasurer and registrar Frank Young
Future conference liaison Renzo Davoli
Working groups coordinator Janet Carter
Poster and demo co-coordinator Pedro Medeiros
Poster and demo co-coordinator Stanislaw Szejko
Student poster coordinator Mark Ratcliffe
Tips and techniques Bruce Klein
Tutorials co-coordinator Paola Salomoni
Tutorials co-coordinator Henry Walker
Utility Infielder Daniel Joyce

Important Dates / Deadlines

Nov. 22, 2004 Papers, panels, tutorials, working group topics due
Feb. 5, 2005 Author notification - Papers, panels, tutorials, working group topics
Feb. 14, 2005 Working group topics announced and membership application opens
Feb. 14, 2005 Tips & techniques summaries and poster/demo proposals due
Feb. 14, 2005 Student Poster submission deadline
Mar. 15, 2005 Student Poster author notification
April 15, 2005 Final date for hotel reservation at special conference rates
April 18, 2005 Working group membership application period closes
June 26, 2005 Tutorial sessions held
June 25 - 29, 2005 Working groups convene
June 27 - 29, 2005 ITiCSE 2005 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa