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 SAICSIT 2010 – Fountains of Computing Research

The 2010 Annual Research Conference of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists

11 to 13 October 2010, Bela Bela, South Africa





We still have 2 places available for the Registering for the CMain SAICSIT Conference.

Preliminary Programme available: see Preliminary Programme

Accommodation: Hotel rooms SCS2 fully booked - only larger chalets available


What is SAICSIT 2010 About

SAICSIT 2010 is the premier South African forum for presenting research in computer science, information systems, information technology, software engineering, and computer engineering (as defined in the ACM, AIS and IEEE-CS). The conference is held under the auspices of the national society, SAICSIT ( Following a history of very successful SAICSIT conferences, we invite you to submit papers for the 2010 event. SAICSIT 2010 is an international conference and contributions from all parts of the world are warmly welcomed. Proceedings of the conference will be published in the ACM International Conference Proceedings series and be available on the ACM digital library.  SAICSIT 2010 is organised by the Meraka Institute of the CSIR.


The theme of the SAICSIT 2010 Conference, ’Fountains of Computing Research’, addresses the richness of computing research that is reflected in real-world applications.


The conference will follow on the success of recent conferences and will again start with the postgraduate symposium and workshops/tutorials on the Monday, followed by the main SAICSIT conference on the Tuesday and Wednesday. 


The main conference will this year be a full 2-day event, jam-packed with invited speakers, papers and demonstrations from our academic and research community, our industrial partners, and many more. It will also be part of the IFIP 50th Anniversary celebrations.


Keynote Seakers

We are very happy to announce the name of our keynote speakers:

Prof Jan Dietz, Emeritus Professor of Information Systems Design at Delft University of Technology. Prof Dietz's research interests have always been in modeling, the design and redesigning and the engineering and reengineering of organizations, and in designing and engineering advanced ICT-applications to support them. His current interests are in the emerging field of enterprise engineering: a new field, emerging from information systems engineering and the organizational sciences.

Dr Virpi Roto Principal Researcher at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. Her background is in computer science and she has 15 years of experience in usability/HCI field, most of that time in Nokia Research Center. She has employed various usability and user experience evaluation methods in her work, and understands about the applicability of different methods in industrial setting. The topic of her PhD thesis was characteristics of user experience when browsing the Web on mobile phones, and she has widened the research scope to generic user experience (UX) elements and UX evaluation since.


Dr Jonathan Donner, Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group (TEM) at Microsoft Research India. With research focused on the economic and social implications of the spread of mobile telephony in the developing world, his projects at TEM include Microenterprise/MSE development, Mobile Banking, Mobile Health and Wellbeing, and “first time/mobile-only” internet use. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and worked with Monitor Company and the OTF Group, consultancies in Boston, MA. He is the author, with Richard Ling, of Mobile Communication (Polity, 2009). His research also appears in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, The Information Society, The Journal of Information Technologies and International Development, The Journal of International Development, and Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University in Communication Research. Jonathan is currently based in South Africa and is a visiting academic at the University of Cape Town’s Centre in ICT4D.


Conference Programme

The conference is subdivided into 2 main parts:


The following events are currently planned for Monday 11 October 2010:


Main Topics for the Main SAICSIT 2010 Conference and the Postgraduate Symposium

Suggested topics for contributions are classified according to main research themes and special themes indentified for the SAICSIT 2010 conference.


Main Research Themes:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering.

 The themes cover the entire spectrum of computing disciplines as defined by the The Joint Task Force for

Computing Curricula 2005 (The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); The Association for Information Systems (AIS); The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS).  


Special Themes for SACISIT 2010:

  • Human Language Technologies
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Information Security
  • Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Engineering
  • User Experience
  • Grid, Distributed and Cloud Computing
  • Green Computing
  • ICT and Cyber Defence
  • Next Generation Web
  • Health Informatics
  • ICT for Development
  • ICT in Education


Key Dates

Main SAICSIT 2010 Conference:


Abstract due (Pre-requisite for research papers): 15 May 2010 (closed - authors notified)

Final date for submission of complete full and short research papers: 30 May 2010 (closed - review process in progress)

Notification of acceptance to authors: 15 July 2010 (notifications sent on 7 July 2010).

Due date for upload of final paper copies (accepted papers): 2 August 2010

Early registration deadline (at least one author of accepted papers): 15 August 2010. Registration now open.

Early registration deadline (at least one author of accepted papers): 20 August 2010. Registration now open.

Early registration last payment date: 1 September 2010.


Postgraduate Symposium (please note changes in submission and notification dates):


Final date for abstract submission to M&D: 1 August 2010

Notification of acceptance to authors: 15 August 2010 (author notified).

Due date for upload of final copies (accepted papers): 30 August 2010

Early registration deadline for students presenting at Postgraduate Symposium: 1 September 2010.


Panel discussions:


Final date for proposals: 1 July 2010

Notification of acceptance to proposers: 15 July 2010.


Workshop on ICT Uses in Warfare and the Safeguarding of Peace:


Paper submission deadline: 17 June 2010 )closed - review process in progress).

Notification of acceptance to authors: 23 July 2010 (authors notified).

Final paper submission deadline: 11 August 2010.


Venue for SAICSIT 2010


SAICSIT 2010 will this year take place from 11 to 13 October 2010 in an African bushveld atmosphere at the beautiful Forever Resort Warmbaths, in the town of Bela-Bela (formerly known as Warmbaths), 100 km north of Pretoria (see The resort is less than 2 hours drive on the N1 from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (see map).   

Delegates are required to make their own accommodation reservations following the instructions on the Accommodation Page.


IFIP 50th Anniversary







SAICSIT 2010 will be a South African event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)





Contact the Organisers

For any general enquiries about SAICSIT 2010, please contact the Conference organisers via the following e-mail address:


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