CS faculty meeting Tue 3 July 2018 at 1200-1300 in 5A60.
  1. News:
    * New colleagues from 1 July: associate professor Mircea Lungu (software engineering, office 4C08), assistant professor Michele Coscia (network analysis, office 4E04);
    * new PhD students Omar Khan (Björn), Morten Roed Frederiksen (Kasper and Sebastian Risi, DD), Mille Edith Nielsen (Yvonne and an external supervisor), Holger Stadel Borum (Peter), Nina Stausholm (Rasmus Pagh, starts Oct 2018); Magnus Baunsgaard Kristensen (Rasmus Møgelberg, starts Feb 2019);
    * Novo Nordisk Foundation has a new strategy and will in the future support also technical and natural sciences besides the medical sciences, and moreover will have out much more money (more than Innovationsfonden and DFF Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond combined);
    * ...
  2. The recently closed job postings:
    * C
    omputer science and software engineering (closed 15 June) has 58 applicants, 25 of which shortlisted, proposed assessment committee Philippe Bonnet, Katerina Mitrokotsa, Guttorm Sindre;
    * Data science (closed 22 June) has 41 applicants, 12 of which shortlisted, proposed assessment committee Zeljko Agic, Ira Assent, Sune Lehman;
    * Software project management in relation to the research center for government IT (closed 1 July) has 7 applicants, 3 of which shortlisted, proposed assessment committee Claus Brabrand, Joana Geraldi, Magne Jørgensen.
  3. Computer science specialization courses: first part spring 2019 and second part fall 2019 (Marco). There are many specialization courses (especially in fall 2019) and relatively few students. How to distribute the students on the specializations? Remember that you can see the CS department's expected portfolio of courses 2018-2020.
  4. Any other business

Next CS faculty meeting is Tue 14 August. Fall faculty meetings have been planned for odd weeks 33-43 and even weeks 44-50.


Ad 3:
Problem: From next semester (end of August) the new master in Computer Science starts. Admission process is finished (104 students have accepted the offer).

First semester. All courses are mandatory.
Second semester: Students have to choose a specialization. 7,5 (in 2. Semester, followed by a 15 ECTS course in 3. Semester)
Third semester: 15 ECTS socialization in third semester

We have 7 specialization – each specialization consist of a 7,5 ECTS and a 15 ECTS course. The students can have 4 first specializations in 2. Semester. Ergo: they can delay their final choise of 15 ECTS specialization until before their 3. Semester/summer 19.
When we deduct expected dropout we expect 70 people to reach the second semester.

Problem: 60/70 students will have to choose among 7 specializations = 10 students on average per 15 ECTS course.

Peter: I am not so worried in a department economy perspective, but it means that teachers have to teach a large course besides the small specialization course.

Yvonne: The great thing is that we can have a process with the students - beneficial for their master thesis.

Marco: What to do?
Marcos proposal:
Free competition (and course cancelling)
N/7 spots per 15 ECTS couse

Yvonne: The research groups should think about, what we want to do with this course – and decide on a upper number of students we want to teach. We need to remember that it is research courses. It should be advanced classes seen in the perspective of thesis preparation and the master thesis.

Paolo: What is the minimum before the course get cancelled?

Peter: It should be up to the teacher. We don’t have a process saying we cannot have a course with only two students.

Marco: The idea is to change the learning format of the course.

Peter and Marco answer questions in relation to the intention and restraints behind the study structure (staveplade).

Ad 4.
As part of the project working on new evaluation scheme, Yvonne presents the proposal that the teacher evaluation is only qualitative. it should be considered if this is a disadvantage for teachers. Question: Is qualitative evaluations only okay? Or do you want quantative? (to use in applications).

Since there is not many VIP today – Yvonne will send out a mail/spreadsheet.

Marco: Can you use quotes in applications? Instead of numbers.
Paolo: What is the rationale? Dropping half of the evaluation does not solve the problem with the evaluations.
Yvonne: The idea is that the different evaluations focusses on different subjects. It is not dropping half of the evaluation – it is another kind of evaluation.
Jens: Evaluation – the numbers are problematic, so we don’t want numbers?
Yvonne: It is a way to split up the evaluations.

Yvonne writes a mail/ gives a presentation about it at the department meeting in august.