Veena Saini

Attending an international level conference for the first time was a great experience. It gave me an exposure to meet so many experienced researchers both from industry and academia. My paper1 was under Computer Education and Learning (CELT) symposium. Giving a presentation2 in front of such a niche audience boosted my confidence. I learned about some new technologies and terms like Fog Computing (a bridge between cloud and IoT), Massive Online Open Labs (MOOL), Crowdsourced Testing, Combinatorial Instantiation, Cyber-Physical-Social Systems and got innovative ideas for my future research. I learned more about IoT and Digital Health. I found that conference is a good venue to share the knowledge and collaborate with others researchers across the globe. I understood that even analyzing a very simple activity can become a research. For instance video recording of everyday lectures and then doing empirical analysis about how these recorded lectures improved students’ performance was one of the papers in CELT. From one of the keynote speaker I learned that we as a new researchers should always have a concern for society and nature. I got to know about Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (Merlot) from CELT session chair Prof. Simanta Mitra. SEABED3 is a free web-based platform for teaching and learning Software Engineering concepts by implementing case-based learning in the classrooms. Similarly Merlot is a widely supported group of researchers aim to provide free teaching and learning resources. After my presentation I received one suggestion that instead of writing cases by ourselves we should visit industry and should ask about real world cases on which they are working or worked in the past. Then we can write more realistic cases that will help students to better understand and apply their knowledge. I met many authors and speakers as women (but they were lesser in number than male authors). One of the big satisfaction and proud moment for me was to contribute towards women in computing and without the ACM-W scholarship, this would have not been possible. The trip helped me in my overall personal growth and self-development in addition to learning about software engineering research. I want to express my deepest gratitude towards ACM Women Scholarship Committee for encouraging and supporting women researchers in their growth. Overall it was a fruitful trip.