University hosts international computer conferences

Industry and education experts from around the world will be discussing the latest computer software developments, future needs and research opportunities at a series of international conferences at Southampton Solent University this April.

The British Computer Society (BCS) Quality Specialist Group’s 22nd annual International SQM (Software Quality Management) and 19th annual INSPIRE (International conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education) Conferences will be held on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 April 2014 at the University’s conference centre.

"The aim of these conferences is to encourage the exchange of ideas between industry and academia, for the benefit of both,” says Professor Maggie Ross MBE, research fellow at Southampton Solent University and Conference Director.

“Over the years, these conferences have helped forge new links leading to industry- based research, successful research bids, opportunities for industrial participation and academic research. Southampton Solent is delighted to play host to this series of events as it provides  such good synergy with our strengths in industry-focused research and development in this field,” she added
Industry experts and university representatives from across the globe will attend the 22nd International (SQM) conference.  Addressing issues relevant to business, the conference aims to promote a greater understanding between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to share research and practical experience.

Following the conference, delegates from around the world including Spain, China, Finland and Saudi Arabia will attend a Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor of Southampton at the Civic Centre.

On Tuesday 15 April, the 19th Annual INSPIRE conference, organised in conjunction with the BCS, will look at software process improvement related to teaching, training and research.

“Keeping up-to-date with industry developments, sharing ideas and discussing the latest research, enables academics to make lectures relevant to current UK and global ideas, assisting the employability of their students," says Professor Ross.

Previous conferences have been held in Spain, Sweden, Finland, Crete, Netherlands, and Ireland, and various other universities in the UK.


  • The conference is being chaired by Geoff Staples, BCS Quality SG; James Uhomoibhi, BCS e-Learning SG; Elli Georgiadou, SEEQMA Ltd; and Safia Barikzai, London South Bank University

  • Attendees from industry and academia include: Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA), Spain;Zaragoza, Spain ;IT Architecture Specialists Ltd, UK ; L-3 Communications ASA Ltd, UK; Ocelot Educational Research, UK; Mindtree UK; University of Seville, Spain; Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Tampere, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Warsaw University of Life Sciences; Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, China; The Armenian State  Pedagogical University ,  Armenian; American University of Armenian, Armenian; University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK; University of Ulster ; Loughborough University; Middlesex University; University of Liverpool, UK; Bournemouth University; Southampton Solent University

  • Computing courses at Southampton Solent are accreditation by the BCS.  They were recently commended for the level of industry involvement within the curriculum and the industrial input for real-world problem solving.  They were also praised for the application of real-world working practices in the classroom and the rationale for the selection of programming tools and techniques to support the student experience.



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The aim of these conferences is to encourage the exchange of ideas between industry and academia, for the benefit of both
Professor Margaret Ross MBE, Research Fellow at Southampton Solent University