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September CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Daryl Hepting

September 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Daryl Hepting

CIPS Saskatchewan

About Daryl: 

What is your Background?

I was born and raised in Regina, down the street from the RCMP Depot Division, cheering for the Roughriders. It has been 25 years since I completed by B.Sc. in Computer Science (Honours) and Math from the University of Regina.  Since then, I've completed a M.Sc. (also in Computer Science from the University of Regina) with a thesis that dealt with fractals, worked on Benoit B Mandelbrot's Fractals Project at IBM and Yale, completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University on the topic of computer-aided visualization, worked for a startup in interactive television services, and began (in 2001) my career as as academic back in Regina.

I am presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and an associate member of the Department of Media Production and Studies at the University of Regina. I chair the outreach committee for CACS/AIC (Canadian Association of Computer Science/Association d'Informatique Canadienne). My research is presently NSERC-funded and focused on the development of tools to help people deal with and navigate complex information spaces, in application areas as diverse as environmental decision support, eyewitness identification, and multimedia composition. I especially enjoying teaching courses that tackle interaction design, multimedia,  and social and professional issues of computing. Apart from work, I enjoy cooking, cycling, swimming, and singing.

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I've had some involvement with CIPS since my undergraduate days, when many in the Department, especially Alan Law, Brien Maguire, Larry Saxton, and Larry Symes, were very active in CIPS. I also knew of CIPS because of its special interest group, the CHCCS/SCDHM (Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society / Société Canadienne du Dialogue Humain-Machine), which sponsors Graphics Interface, the oldest regularly-scheduled computer graphics and human-computer interaction conference (first held in 1969).

The Computer Science degree program at the University of Regina is the longest continuously accredited by CIPS, which makes it easy for those graduates to get the I.S.P. designation.  I am presently pursuing my own I.S.P. designation via the established academic route. I organized a presentation at the 2004 CIPS Saskatchewan Spring Seminar and more recently I have been working with CIPS Saskatchewan Executive Director Maria Galati to promote Computer Science Education Week (December 8 - 14, 2013, http://www.csedweek.org) with an annual luncheon (our 4th is coming up this year).  As a development of last year's luncheon, an education committee within CIPS Saskatchewan was formed and I serve on it.  I have also worked with CIPS to promote Canadian Computing Education Day - the first was held last year (the next will be February 21, 2014, http://www.cancomped.ca). I am happy to have been chosen as one of the CIPS community bloggers on ITworld Canada.

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

I am grateful to CIPS for the opportunity to become involved in and contribute to the Canadian computing community. I have benefitted a great deal from the connections available to me through CIPS: a case in point was a panel session at the SIGITE conference in Calgary in October of 2012.  When a panel session that I was organizing needed a line-up change, CIPS Alberta members were exceptionally helpful.  I look forward to a continuing and deepening relationship with CIPS in the coming years.

 

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