ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education
SIGITE

SIGITE/RIIT 2012

The 13th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education and The 1st Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 11―13, 2012

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The 13th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education and the 1st Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology will be hosted by Mount Royal University and be held at the Hotel Arts in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. These dual conferences are sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Technology Education (SIGITE). One registration fee pays for both conferences. The integrated program contains keynote lectures, paper sessions, panels, posters, and exhibits and provides a forum for sharing and developing ideas relating to Information Technology research, education, applications, IT‐industry‐academia relationships and our roles as professionals, educators, and advocates for the effective use of Information Technology.

This year features the inauguration of a new conference, emphasizing research in information technology. As a new computing discipline, IT found its initial focus in the training of future IT professionals, and “teaching IT” received strong emphasis. IT faculty, however, frequently had strong research programs that fell across a wide range of specialties within computer science, Information systems, computer engineering, and others. As time has gone on, there has been an increasing need to recognize “research in IT” as more than a fragmented collection of pursuits in other computing disciplines. We are seeing a body of research developing that is uniquely characteristic of information technology.  We anticipate that this dual conference will reveal a deeper synergy between teaching and research in IT, and will further encourage the recognition of this new body of research that is taking place around the world.

Calgary is a vibrant modern city with a population over 1.2 million, making it the fourth largest city in Canada. Host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary has an exciting cultural scene, ample shopping, and world-renowned restaurants. Whether it be rugged mountain parks, rolling prairies, boreal forests, or desert Badlands, there is no shortage of natural recreations in the near vicinity of Calgary. And in October, the weather should be beautiful!

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