This year, ITiCSE will be held in the North-East of Scotland, hosted by the University of Aberdeen. The Conference programme runs from 15th to 17th July with Working Groups and the Doctoral Consortium starting with a preliminary meeting on the evening of 12th July.
Aberdeen is a medieval university city of about 200 000 people which is the centre of the European Oil and Gas industry. It has excellent air, rail and road links and is at the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes Royal Deeside, the Grampian mountains and the Aberdeenshire coast. It is also less than 50 miles from Speyside, the heart of the Scotch malt whisky industry, and a departure point to visit the archaeological and historic sites on the islands of Orkney and Shetland.
This year, an ITiCSE record of 243 papers were submitted, of which 66 were accepted, giving an acceptance rate of 27%. Of these papers, just over half had an author from the United States or Canada, while European authors were represented in about 40% of the papers. We also accepted papers with authors from Central and South America, China, Japan, Australia, and the Middle East, giving us a truly international flavour of current Computing Education research and practice.
In addition to the Paper, Poster and Panel submissions, and Tips, Techniques and Courseware presentations, we have ten Working Groups investigating topics including fostering program comprehension for novice programmers, data science education, benchmarking K-12 Computing Education in schools, developing a model curriculum for cloud computing and designing better compiler error messages. The reports from these groups will be published in a companion volume to the final proceedings, but the working groups will present preliminary findings during the conference and solicit feedback on their work from conference participants.
This year, ITiCSE will also be running a Doctoral Consortium to provide PhD students studying computing education with an opportunity to explore and develop their research interests in a workshop environment with a panel of established researchers. We hope this event will encourage new members into our academic community where they can feel welcome, and contribute to ongoing work in our area.
We hope you will join us in Aberdeen this July and look forward to seeing you in Scotland.