Indicators of solidarity and nucleation
The formation of the PPCIC has researchers from different campi (Maracanã, Nova Iguaçu, and Petrópolis). This approach strengthens the institution as a whole, serves the students who intend to continue their studies in the different units and strengthens the pedagogical projects of the related graduations since there is a potential for better interaction between the levels Technical High-school, undergraduate, and graduate studies. This verticalized and distributed structure is a striking differential of CEFET/RJ and provides different opportunities for solidarity and nucleation actions.
Students from other CEFET/RJ programs and other institutions can attend PPCIC disciplines. There is also a possibility for students not yet linked to any graduate program to attend PPCIC disciplines (isolated disciplines). There is regulation of CEFET/RJ on the enrollment in isolated disciplines, which also allows students with interest in the program to effectively check if PPCIC meets their expectations before they go through the selective process. In this case, they can be attended up to three disciplines in this condition.
It is also important to emphasize the presence of other graduate programs of CEFET/RJ, such as Production and Systems Engineering (PPPRO), Electrical Engineering (PPEEL), Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (PPEMM) and Teaching of Science and Mathematics (PPECM). There is a presence of students and professors with interest in the area of knowledge extraction from data. These programs may have a strong association with PPCIC. This synergy already occurs between researchers of PPCIC and PPPRO.
PPCIC also participates in projects of solidarity cooperation with graduate programs through the two INCTs In which it is part as an associated laboratory. These are the INCTs Data Science (CID) and E-universe, respectively coordinated by the LNCC and ON/Line. Through these INCTs, we are collaborating in progress with the other associated laboratories of each INCT.
Finally, PPCIC facilities are also being used for the development of theses and dissertations of other programs of CEFET/RJ and other Universities and Research Center, which potentializes the development of other programs and partner institutions, such as the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Center for Mineral Technology (CETEM).
From its concept, PPCIC conducts actions to promote proper monitoring of its students and alumni. Already in the Registration Socioeconomic information of students is requested. From the information collected, we can build the profile of the students and compare them with the egresses. This analysis will be periodic so that it is possible to see the degree of employability and insertion in the market of the graduates of the PPCIC.
The interest in the follow-up of graduates is also contemplated in institutional politics. In 2017, CEFET/RJ’s Strategic Management Board initiated a follow-up program for the institution’s alumni, at three levels of education (postgraduate, undergraduate and technical high-school), in order to collect data and generate indicators about the destination of the graduates and their insertion and performance in the labor market. In the scope of this institutional program, several other actions are being planned so that the experiences of these graduates can be shared with current students.
It is worth mentioning that this follow-up program for graduates that is being implemented at CEFET/RJ was also the subject of a proposal submitted to the Public Call SETEC-MEC 01/2017 – Training in Innovation Management, and was well-evaluated and selected by a committee composed of members of Steinbeis University Berlin – School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (Germany).
Another initiative in this sense is the participation of graduates in the workshops and seminars held at the School of Informatics and Computing (EIC), organized by PPCIC professors.
Due to its recent creation in 2016, we had the first alumni in 2018. Of the 3 alumni in 2018, one was a professor of another CEFET/RJ unit, having progressed in his career after finishing his studies and a second followed his studies becoming a doctorate student at UFF and having obtained a position as a professor at Unilasalle in Rio de Janeiro.
There are several visibility actions of the program, among which stand out: (i) program page and social networks, (ii) Access to program indicators, (iii) use of the Moodle platform and (iv) Organization of regional and national events.
PPCIC page (http://eic.cefet-rj.br/ppcic) provides information about the course, concentration area, research lines and projects, disciplines, faculty, students, selection process, regulations, and program operation. The information of the dissertations and products (artifacts) produced are also available on the PPCIC page. The site is in the bilingual format, which extends the international visibility of the program.
On the program page, students can also access all the regulations regarding the course and the granting of scholarships, documents, and miscellaneous forms. The news regarding the course as well as a calendar of the events of the month is updated continuously. There is autonomy for the realization of updates, which can be made both by the coordination and by the technical-administrative team.
The program also has a page on Facebook’s social network (http://www.facebook.com/eic.cefetrj). The information posted on social networks allows broadening the scope of the information contained in the program’s page, such as disclosure of defenses, selection process, and program events.
Regarding access to program indicators, such indicators are available on the PPCIC page (http://eic.cefet-rj.br/lattes). This initiative brings greater visibility and transparency. The site makes available indicators such as production in periodicals, production in Conferences Proceedings, technical production, completed orientations, orientations in progress, collaboration graph and others. This information is updated each trimester.
In the teaching area, the Moodle platform is used (http://eic.cefet-rj.br/moodle) to give visibility to students about the contents of the classroom disciplines taught in the master’s course.
PPCIC organizes seminars, workshops, and Hackathon, enabling visibility of the subjects researched by both our professors and students, as well as by invited researchers from other nearby institutions: LNCC, UFRJ, UFF, Fiocruz, Uerj, among others. Whenever possible, professors of the Ppcic also seek to organize national events supported by the SBC. As an example, in 2015 we had the organization jointly with the LNCC of the Brazilian Database Symposium (http://dexl.lncc.br/sbbd2015/). In 2017 we had the organization of the mini-Symposium of Spectral Theory of Graph of the International Linear Algebra Society (https://ilas2017.math.iastate.edu/program/#minisymp). In 2018, the professors of the program organized the LAWCG 2018-VIII Latin American on Cliques in Graphs (http://lawcg2018.icomp.ufam.edu.br/) and the first LADaS 2018 – Latin America Workshop on Data Science (http://eic.cefet-rj.br/ladas2018/). In 2019, PPCIC professors will participate in the organization of the following events:
- SBrT – Brazilian Symposium on Telecommunications and Signal Processing (http://sbrt.org.br/sbrt2019) with PPCIC professor Diego Haddad as Short Courses Chair.
- ILAS – Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society (http://ilas2019.org) with PPCIC professor Leonardo Lima as a member of the Local Committee.
- WebMedia – Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web (https://webmedia.org.br/2019) that will take place in CEFET/RJ, with PPCIC professors Joel Santos as General Chair of the event, Kele Belloze as co-Chair of the Workshop on Undergraduate Research Work (WTIC) and Diego Brandão as a member of the Local Committee.
- BreSci – Brazilian e-Science Workshop (http://csbc2019.sbc.org.br/eventos/13bresci/) with PPCIC professor, Prof. Eduardo Ogasawara, as Chair of the event.