So, a few weeks ago, I went to SIGCSE 2010. You already heard about my travel issues getting there. On the way, I made it to Minneapolis. From Minneapolis, we made it to Madison, where we circled, and eventually to Detroit. This was not my destination, Milwaukee. I spent the night on the floor of the Detroit airport. This marks the 3rd time that I’ve had an airport sleepover. The others were Chicago, and Manchester, UK (where I paid for a hotel room since I had almost 24 hours to spend there).
Instead of arriving on Wednesday night, I arrived on Thursday morning. This caused me to miss the first keynote speaker, but after a nap, I still made it to lunch. On Thursday we had the first timer’s lunch. I was attending as an “old-timer.” All of the committee members did this, and we shared our wisdom with the first timers.
After that, I mostly just attended sessions. Thursday evening, I went out and had drinks with some of my colleagues from Miami. Friday, more sessions, and a Yoga class at Yama Yoga in Milwaukee. Saturday morning, I lost my wallet. Luck for me, I lost it in the conference center, it was immediately found by security, and the conference chair has known me for 13 years (I got it back quickly).
I stayed late Saturday night for the committee handoff dinner, and then headed back to Seattle on Sunday morning. I arrived at the Milwaukee airport at like 4:25am, 5 minute before the security lines even opened. My flight to Minneapolis was quick, and then from Minneapolis to Seattle, our plane was upgraded to an A330 (quite a bigger plane). The best part about this, free on-demand movies! By Sunday afternoon, I was home and then practicing Yoga at Shakti.
So – conference summary. There was an increased presence of parallel computing papers and sessions. This was a welcome development. As someone who interviews a lot of candidates, I don’t see enough people with good parallel / multi-threaded programming skills. When I (hopefully some day soon) make it back to academics, I will consider some of the parallel first approaches to programming.
Mostly, I enjoyed being in the conference environment again. This was the first major conference that I’ve been to since OOPSLA 2007 (Montreal). I will be back at SIGCSE 2011 (I am the conference Webmaster again). Our Web site is up and running already, visit us at http://www.sigcse.org/sigcse2011/.
All of my pictures from SIGCSE 2010 are on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39245109@N05/sets/72157623597468116/