Angers management

14 October 2013
Information Systems PhD student Radhouane Jrad

Information Systems PhD student Radhouane Jrad was only two months into his doctoral studies, and preparing for a year-old planned holiday to Europe and Africa, when the opportunity arose to present a conference paper in the historical city of Angers in France.

Radhouane submitted his first doctoral paper to the International Workshop in Software Evolution and Modernization (SEM), held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering (ENASE), and was accepted to present at the event.

“I was looking forward to the trip but I was even more excited to actually present my first paper while travelling for holidays. There were many challenges to get the paper accepted, and to prepare for the presentation, but it was all worth it,” said Radhouane.

The SEM workshop attempts to explore and provide novel approaches in software modernisation and evolution, taking into account new trends in this field. Radhouane’s field of research is in enterprises messaging systems. He said: “This is a very enclosed domain with a known lack of literature resources and academic researches. While having a long business experience in my field of research is certainly a bonus, I have been in need of guidance for my research about its relevance in the global context, and how to get significant literature. This conference came at a perfect time.”

At the workshop, Radhouane was given the opportunity to present his thoughts and ideas to a highly knowledgeable audience, and collected useful advice and comments from them. He was also able to see other presentations that touched on his area of research and provided him with new sources of literature to review.

Radhouane now intends to incorporate the outputs of the conference into his research, and he is already looking forward to his next conference. “I would like to thank my supervisors and the team at the University of Auckland for their support. The pace of my reviews of existing literature has certainly picked up in speed and quality after the conference, and my supervisor and I are very happy with the outcome of my first ever paper presentation.”