PPCIC aims to train qualified human resources in the area of Computer Science emphasizing Data Science. In particular, it aims to train researchers capable of solving real-world problems that establish a virtuous cycle between applied and basic research. As recent experiences, it is possible to cite: (i) the work of Student Rebecca Salles that relates the forecast of sea surface temperature with the occurrence of extreme climatic events such as drought in the Brazilian Northeast; (ii) the work of Francymar Garcia that presents a model of integration of data targeting drugs to Schistosoma mansoni; and (iii) the work of Raphael Abreu that presents multi-sensory tools in multi-media applications, among others.
This approach presents strong interaction with society. In this scenario, the PPCIC presents itself as the first graduate program stricto sensu in Brazil with the focus on Data Science. This opens a prominent space of CEFET/RJ in the Brazilian scenario in this domain, which brings opportunities to establish various partnerships and actions that increase the social insertion of the program.
In addition to the actions in the area of basic education, described in the next section, the PPCIC seeks to strengthen ties with various institutions of application areas in order to develop solutions that support them. Currently, we are part of the reference team of the project of data science applied to the health of Fiocruz (http://bigdata.icict.fiocruz.br), for example, in order to provide the computational framework to support the process of management and analysis of health-related data.
Another more general action is the organization of events open to the community. There are both annual events (such as the Week of teaching, research, and extension), as well as weekly events (such as the seminars of the School of Informatics and Computing). In these events are presented several lectures in the area of computing, both from academic and industry. A similar initiative takes place in Petrópolis, where there is the week of Computer Engineering, where are offered minicourses, lectures, roundtables on various computing themes, offered by professors from Universities, external members and by professionals of the industry.
We are also recently supporting hackathon development initiatives in the context of solving problems of impact for the society through data science techniques.
Interfaces with basic education
Since creation, PPCIC was conceived in order to interact with basic education since a significant number of professors work in Technical High school courses. In addition to teaching classes in middle-level technical education, PPCIC professors have also actively guided scientific initiation projects of the PIBIC-EM program, with the offer of scholarships from CNPq and CEFET/RJ. This activity, besides contributing to the formation of students, also enables them to interact with undergraduate and graduate students, promoting the verticalization of teaching and awakening their investigative spirit. Also noteworthy is the interaction promoted by research focused on teaching conducted in the line of Data management and Applications. The computational artifacts produced aim to strengthen learning both in computer teaching and in basic education. Also, actions to evaluate the results of the artifacts produced are underway through interactions with public institutions of elementary and secondary education in the city of Rio de Janeiro. These actions already occur in several studies of completion of courses and scientific articles with this bias. The latest published scientific articles are highlighted on the theme:
- Evaluating the Complementarity of Communication Tools for Learning Platforms. In: CSEDU 2018 International Conference on Computer Supported Education, 2018
- Orthographic Educational Game for Portuguese Language Countries. In: International Conference on Computer Supported Education, 2018
- Control and security system for classroom access based on Facial recognition. In: Latin-American Conference in Informatics, 2018.
- Child protected: A game to prevent sexual violence against children and teenagers. In: Brazilian Symposium on Informatics in Education, 2018.
- Decobrindo sons: A game to teach music playfully. In: Brazilian Symposium on Informatics in Education, 2018.
- VITA-Estimating student satisfaction through feelings analysis. In: Brazilian Symposium on Informatics in Education, V. 1, 2018.
All these articles are linked to basic education, as they are applications that strengthen the learning of the contents covered and, at the same time, are linked to Data Science, primarily through the data analysis of the artifacts produced.
The interaction is broadened with elementary education through partnerships with schools in the city of Rio de Janeiro. An example of this is the pilot project in the GEO (Experimental Olympic Gymnasium) of Santa Teresa, where PPCIC professors are working, together with teachers of the elementary school, in the teaching-learning of robotics. These actions promote greater social inclusion and at the same time serve as a motivator element for these students to consider computing as a potential career to follow studies in technical high-school or undergraduate.