Indicators of Solidarity and Nucleation
The formation of the PPCIC with teaching staff from different campi (Maracanã, Nova Iguaçu and Petrópolis) strengthens the institution as a whole, attends the students who intend to continue their studies in the different units and also strengthens the pedagogical projects Of related graduations, since there is a potential for strong interaction between the mid-tech, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This vertical and distributed structure is a marked differential of CEFET/RJ and provides different opportunities for actions of solidarity and nucleation.
Students from other CEFET/RJ programs and other Institutions may attend PPCIC courses. There is also the possibility of students not yet linked to any postgraduate program to study subjects of the PPCIC (isolated disciplines). There is CEFET/RJ regulation on enrollment in isolated disciplines, which also allows students with interest in the Program to effectively verify that the PPCIC meets their expectations before going through the selection process. In this case, up to a maximum of three subjects may be studied in this condition.
It is also worth mentioning the presence of other graduations and other graduate programs of CEFET/RJ, such as Production Engineering and Systems (PPPRO), Electrical Engineering (PPEEL), Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology (PPEMM) and Science and Mathematics (PPECM) where there is a presence of students and teachers with interest in the area of knowledge extraction from data. These programs may have strong association with PPCIC. In fact, this synergy already occurs among PPCIC and PPPRO researchers.
It is noteworthy that some graduate course work already addresses issues of solidarity and will be replicated at postgraduate level. As recent experiences can be cited: (i) the conclusion of the course of the student Rebecca Salles (now a student of PPCIC) that related the prediction of sea surface temperature with the occurrence of extreme weather events such as drought in the Northeast, (ii) The work of Carolina Bernhardt, who presents a simulation model for the care of patients at a health post, (iii) the work of Rodrigo Cabral Marques, which presents an information system that maps the human, socioenvironmental and economic impacts of the extractions of Mineral resources, among others.
The PPCIC also participates in partnership projects with Graduate Programs through the two INCTs in which it is part as an associate laboratory. These are Data Science (DID) and e-Universe INCTs, respectively coordinated by LNCC and ON/LIneA. Through these INCTs we are collaborating in progress with the other associated laboratories of each INCT.
Finally, the PPCIC facilities are also being used for the development of theses and dissertations of other CEFET/RJ Programs and other HEIs, which potentiates the development of other programs and partner institutions.
Given its creation in 2016, the PPCIC still has no egress students. However, since its inception, the PPCIC has taken steps to promote a good monitoring of egress. Thus, since enrollment in the selection process socioeconomic information of the students is already requested. From the information collected we can build the profile of the students.
Once the students of the Program begin to defend their dissertations, the Program intends to accompany them. An initiative in this sense is the participation of egress students in the workshops and seminars held at the School of Informatics and Computing (EIC), organized by the PPCIC teachers.
From the defenses of dissertations, the egress students will be accompanied. Based on the information collected we can analyze them and compare them against the expected egress profile. Such analysis will be periodic so that it is possible to see the degree of employability and market insertion of PPCIC graduates.
There are several actions that make the program visible, among which: (i) Program page and social networks; (ii) Access to Program indicators; (iii) Use of the Moodle platform; (iv) organization of regional events and National authorities; (v) Journal Notes in Applied Computing.
PPCIC’s page ( http://eic.cefet-rj.br/ppcic ) provides information about the course, area Concentration, lines and research projects, disciplines, faculty, students, selection process, regulations and operation of the Program. Dissertations and products (artifacts) produced will also be available on the PPCIC website. The site is in bilingual format, which increases the international visibility of the Program.
On the Program page, students can also access all regulations regarding the course and the granting of scholarships, documents and various forms. The news regarding the course as well as a calendar of the events of the month are constantly updated. There is autonomy for the realization of updates, which can be done by both the coordination and the technical-administrative team.
The Program also features a Facebook social networking page ( http://www.facebook.com/eic.cefetrj ) . The information posted on social networks makes it possible to broaden the scope of information contained in the Program page, such as dissemination of defenses, selection process and program events.
Regarding access to the indicators of the Program, these indicators are available on the PPCIC website ( http://eic.cefet-rj.br / Lattes ). This initiative brings greater visibility and transparency. Indicators such as production in periodicals, production in annals of congresses, technical production, guidelines are being made available, guidelines in progress, graph of collaboration and others. This information is updated quarterly.
In the teaching area, use is made of the Moodle Platform ( http://eic.cefet-rj.br/moodle ) To give visibility to the students about the contents of the subjects taught in the masters course.
PPCIC organizes local seminars and workshops, allowing visibility of the subjects researched by our teachers and students, as well as by invited researchers from other nearby institutions: LNCC, UFRJ, UFF, Fiocruz, UERJ, among others. Whenever possible, PPCIC teachers also seek to organize national events supported by SBC. As an example, we had the organization of the Brazilian Database Symposium in 2015, which was jointly organized with the LNCC. Some international events are also organized, such as the International Conference on Formal Aspects of Component Software, which was organized jointly with UFF and UFRJ and the 9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies – Special Track on Computational Intelligence for Information Security which was organized in conjunction with INMETRO.
Finally, another action of great visibility is the organization of the journal Notes in Applied Computing, whose objective is to encourage undergraduate students to have familiarity in the research and to arouse interest in performing a post-graduation in Computing. It has a differentiated proposal, offering a more didactic opinion to the students of its submitted articles. It is important to emphasize that the journal’s editorial staff is composed of several researchers from Brazil, including LNCC, IME, Inmetro, UERJ, UFCE, UFF, UFRJ, UFRRJ.