Discussion Groups

Your choice, your discussion.

In NZCSRSC '09 we'll be introducing a number of discussion groups as part of an effort to strengthen ties in the postgrad computer science community in New Zealand. You, the participants of NZCSRSC '09, will decide which topics are fit for discussion and a short gathering will be arranged where you will be able to discuss those topics with like-minded conference participants.

From hot research topics to ethical dilemmas, the choice is entirely up to you. The discussions will each last for approximately 15 minutes and, where possible, an arbitrator will be arranged to start the discussion and to create a small summary of the interesting ideas covered in each group. As part of our effort to strengthen your ties, all willing participants will be emailed a summary of the results of all discussion groups where one was available.

Example discussion topics:
  • What do you think are the potential contributions computer science can make to society in the future?
  • Windows 7 and the way forward for operating systems. What does it have so far, what can be better, what should it not have, etc.
  • Experiences with open source software development: Are you involved in an OSS projects? How are your experiences? What keeps you from getting involved?
  • IT in education: where do you see the challenges and impacts locally (e.g. high school education) and globally (e.g. One Laptop Per Child Project)?
  • What do you think the "Killer Application" of the Semantic Web will be? Will there be one at all?
You will have to opportunity to suggest up to 3 different topics during the registration process.

If you like to suggest further topics after you have registered, you will be able to do this using a separate form (watch this space for updates).


Any conference participant can be an arbitrator - you can inform us in the registration page if you wish to be one.

As an arbitrator you will have the opportunity to guide and manage one of the many interesting discussion groups we are going to have. You do not necessarily need to be an expert in that specific topic, however, you should be comfortable taking care of the following tasks:
  • Starting the conversation on time by using the assigned question
  • Managing the participants should the need arise (e.g. allow everyone some time to speak)
  • Concluding the discussion after the allocated time runs out
  • Making a summary of the main points that dominated the discussion
  • Last but not least, having fun and exercising your people skills ;)