Posted by Bertrand Meyer on 16 October 2011
A site called “The Best Degrees” has just published a list of the best-paying college degrees . (Caveat: I did not know that site before being led to it by a blog post , and cannot vouch for its methods of arriving at results.) They base their analysis on the study of reports from the US Department of Labor, in in particular their “Occupational Outlook Handbook” and their wage data.
In the list we note:
- #2 best degree: PhD in computer science.
- #3: bachelor’s degree in software engineering.
- #6: bachelor’s degree in computer science.
- #7: bachelor’s degree in databases.
- #9: bachelor’s degree in computer networks.
So: half of the first ten most pay-wise productive degrees in the US are directly in our discipline!
I know of no comparable study for Europe; my informal expectation is that the situation is comparable, with the possible exception of the #2 rating for “PhD in computer science” (as European industry is still all too often scared of hiring PhDs for fear that they will be eggheads not attuned to the reality of business).
The message is clear: if prospective students, those at least for whom salary is a key determinant, knew the reality and not just the image, we would be flooded with hordes of applicants begging us to take them in.
 The top 51 degrees based on job prospects, available here.
 Timothy Lethbridge: Top degrees: Computer Science PhD and Software Engineering Bachelors, blog post available here.
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Posted by Bertrand Meyer on 28 July 2011
In the Informatics Europe report on researcher evaluation for computer science , we noted how awful the ISI Web of Knowledge was for computer science.We keep receiving notes of thanks from academics in various countries telling us that they use the article as a defense against misinformed colleagues from other disciplines wanting to apply ISI citations to the evaluation of computer scientists.
The report did not discuss ISI’scompetitor, Elsevier’s Scopus. Today I received a publicity from Scopus, which invited me to check the “top 25 hottest articles in computer science”; I was curious to see how they see the field.
The result is copy-pasted below. It is pathetic. The only really relevant references, out of 25, are five survey articles on wireless networks (only two of which seem to focus on CS issues: security and algorithms). To this we might add a couple of references on cloud computing that address CS issues such as security. The rest is about sociology ( “Social anxiety and technology: Face-to-face communication versus technological communication among teens” — great title, though!) and business (“The critical success factors for ERP implementation”).
If this is what was “hottest” in computer science between January and March 2011, most of us are in the wrong business.
This kind of thing makes for a good laugh. Things become less funny when we think of the consequences. Yes, some computer science researchers will be evaluated based on this kind of absurdity. What can we do?
 Bertrand Meyer, Christine Choppy , Jørgen Staunstrup and Jan van Leeuwen: Research Evaluation in Computer Science, Communications of the ACM article and Informatics Europe report, accessible from here.
 Scopus (SciVerse): Top 25 Hottest Articles in Computer Science (retrieved 28 July 2011), available at top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/computer-science/7/.
Text below from Scopus/SciVerse (reference  above)
January to March 2011
Personality and motivations associated with Facebook use • Article
Computers in Human Behavior, Volume 25, Issue 2, March 2009, Pages 578-586
Ross, C.; Orr, E.S.; Sisic, M.; Arseneault, J.M.; Simmering, M.G.; Orr, R.R.
Cited by SciVerse Scopus (19)
Cloud computing and emerging IT platforms: Vision, hype, and reality for delivering computing as the 5th utility • Article
Future Generation Computer Systems, Volume 25, Issue 6, June 2009, Pages 599-616
Buyya, R.; Yeo, C.S.; Venugopal, S.; Broberg, J.; Brandic, I.
Cited by SciVerse Scopus (193)
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Posted by Bertrand Meyer on 15 June 2011
The following talk
is intended for the database community but touches on many issues that recur in discussions at ECSS and elsewhere, and are of interest to all CS researchers.
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Posted by Bertrand Meyer on 5 February 2010
After the great success of ECSS 2009 in Paris, the dates for the European Computer Science Summit 2010 have been announced: Oct 11-13, with Oct. 11 devoted to the department chair workshop and Oct. 12-13 to the conference proper. Mark your calendars now!
Most exciting, ECSS is moving to the Eastern part of the continent for the first time: the conference will take place in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, hosted by the Czech Technical University with participation from Charles University which will invite us to its historic Carolinum building for the conference dinner.
The program chair is Gerti Kappel from TU Vienna and the conference co-chairs are Pavel Tvrdik from the Czech Technical University and I. Jørgen Staunstrup from the IT University of Denmark will chair the Department Chair Workshop. More workshops are planned, in particular one on how best to prepare for European research funding.
The first keynote speaker has already been announced: Moshe Vardi from Rice University, famous not only for his contributions to program analysis but also for his astounding work in reinventing Communications of the ACM as its editor-in-chief since 2007. Many more speakers and events will be announced in the coming months.
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Posted by Bertrand Meyer on 5 February 2010
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