Conferences on Quality and e-Learning

When: 15th Apr 2019, 00:00 - 16th Apr 2019, 23:59
Where: The Spark Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace Southampton, Hampshire SO14 0RD
Town/City: Southampton
Organiser: Joint BCS Quality & BCS e-Learning Specialist Groups
Price: £53.59 – £445.79
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The BCS Quality Specialist Group’s Annual International SQM and INSPIRE conferences will be held on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 April 2019 at Solent University, Southampton, UK.

Inside the Spark Building at Southampton Solent University
The 27th Annual International SQM Conference aims to promote co-operation and greater understanding among practitioners and academics by providing an opportunity to share research and practical experience.

The 24th Annual INSPIRE conference, organised in conjunction with the BCS e-Learning SG, addresses improvement related to teaching, training and research whilst SQM addresses issues relevant to business and industry.

Conference Fees

All prices, in Pounds Sterling, are for registration for both the SQM and INSPIRE conferences, or for SQM or INSPIRE only, regardless of the presentation being in person or remotely.


One Only

Delegate (BCS Member)

£250 + vat

£150 + vat

Delegate (Non-Member)

£350 + vat

£200 + vat

Author (BCS Member)

£200 + vat

£150 + vat

Author (Non-Member)

£250 + vat

£180 + vat


£100 + vat

£50 + vat

These prices will be subject to booking fee when tickets are booked.

The Mayor of Southampton

A Civic Reception, hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton, in the Mayor's Parlour, has been arranged in the evening of Monday 15 April 2019.

Two kinds of submission are invited:

  • A formal paper on a case study or of a research nature from industrial and/or academic authors
  • A management summary from practitioner authors

One page abstracts required as soon as possible to and and with SQM 2019 or INSPIRE 2019 in the subject line.

Any documents sent in the past two months to Margaret's address should also be re sent to and

Papers can be presented in person or remotely.

Full papers (maximum 12 sides) are required by 31 January 2019, in camera ready form in Word. The papers will be reviewed by at least 3 referees. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings that will be available to delegates and on the Internet.

Student Posters can be submitted.

Keynote speakers

Enrique AlbaProf. Enrique Alba had his degree in engineering and PhD in Computer Science in 1992 and 1999, respectively, by the University of Málaga (Spain). He works as a Full Professor in this university with varied teaching duties: data communications, distributed programming, software quality, and also evolutionary algorithms, bases for R+D+i and smart cities, both at graduate and master/doctoral programs. Prof. Alba leads an international team of researchers in the field of complex optimization/learning with applications in smart cities, bioinformatics, software engineering, telecoms, and others.

In addition to the organization of international events (ACM GECCO, IEEE IPDPS-NIDISC, IEEE MSWiM, IEEE DS-RT, smart-CT...) Prof. Alba has offered dozens postgraduate courses, more than 70 seminars in international institutions, and has directed many research projects (7 with national funds, 5 in Europe, and numerous bilateral actions). Also, Prof. Alba has directed 12 projects for innovation in companies (OPTIMI, Tartessos, ACERINOX, ARELANCE, TUO, INDRA, AOP, VATIA, EMERGIA, SECMOTIC, ArcelorMittal, ACTECO, CETEM, EUROSOTERRADOS) and has worked as invited professor at INRIA, Luxembourg, Ostrava, Japan, Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, and Mexico.

He is editor in several international journals and book series of Springer-Verlag and Wiley, as well as he often reviews articles for more than 30 impact journals. He is included in the list of most prolific DBLP authors, and has published 107 articles in journals indexed by ISI, 11 books, and hundreds of communications to scientific conferences. He is included in the top ten most relevant researchers in Informatics in Spain (ISI), and is the most influent researcher of UMA in engineering (webometrics), with 13 awards to his professional activities. Pr. Alba’s H index is 55, with more than 14,700 cites to his work.

Title: How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Impact Education?


Artificial Intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, internet of things etc. are all starting to have a significant impact on the world around us, however, as yet, their impact on education has been minimal. This talk will discuss the future opportunities for the use of these technologies in education and what this might mean for both educational institutions and learners going forward.

Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, PFHEA, MACMProfessor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, PFHEA, MACM is Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Abertay University in Scotland. She is currently a Trustee and Director of Bletchley Park Trust and was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the year 14-15. She is a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. Liz is a Professor of Computer Science with over a hundred refereed publications and over 70 invited talks / keynotes. She is an experienced journal and conference reviewer, editorial board member, and PhD supervisor, and has been involved in several EU research projects, including being Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator for two EU FP7 projects in the past few years. She is an experienced systems designer and developer and her research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security, semantic web, big data, artificial intelligence and technology enhanced learning (TEL). Within TEL, she has applied her research in software engineering, artificial intelligence and security to a range of application areas such as crisis management and eHealth, focusing on: smart games-based learning environments; metacognition and learning strategies; adaptable, adaptive and personalised systems; and the use of social media in online learning. Liz has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with: e-skills UK, the Science Council, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), the National HE STEM programme, EKKA (Estonian Quality Assurance Agency), SKVC (the Lithuania Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education), ASIIN (German Quality Assurance Agency), AKKORK (Russian accreditation agency) and the University of Cambridge as an ICT Thought Leader for their International Examinations. She also researches, publishes, and is a regular international speaker, on the supply and demand of e-skills to the IT industry. Liz is passionate about the development of her discipline and keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, particularly women. During her BCS Presidential year she set up a senior women’s network in STEM, called STELLAR which works to encourage more women to enter STEM professions.

Title: Teaching useful knowledge: Some principles of Useful Knowledge, and Some Classical Ideas about Undergraduate Basics


  • The qualities of Knowledge are many, and are quantifiable for purposes of reasoning about useful knowledge.
  • There are some principles of how to teach knowledge which is more universal, for our future ‘uncertain futures’; and which will both be useful in the short term (undergraduate and graduate studies) and in the long term (professional lifetime).
  • A quantitative and rigorous method of considering ’teaching content and methods’ options, in regard to multiple ’teaching qualities and values’, with respect to Economic and Resource constraints.
  • A quick look at a student exercise, with the theme Spreading Knowledge in Poland, as an example of applying the above methods.

Background sources for this talk

Gilb, Tom, Undergraduate Basics for Systems Engineering (SE), using The Principles, Measures, Concepts and Processes of Planguage. (INCOSE Conference 2007 Presentation paper)

Value Planning Book Chapter 10. 10.10
What Professors Should Teach

Some Principles of Useful Knowledge slides.

Kongsberg Systems Engineering Event (KSSE)

The theme in 2015 is "Managing knowledge: How to capture, store, find, use, and keep knowledge up-to-date?".

Biographical Note

Tom GilbTom Gilb has published more than 10 Software Engineering books including  'Value Planning’ (2014-2019), 'Competitive Engineering’ (2005), and 'Principles of Software Engineering Management’ (1988). He has worked in international consulting and teaching, starting in the dark ages (1958 IBM). He has been instrumental in nudging several disciplines forward, like Software Metrics (1976 book), and Agile (his 1988 PoSEM book is widely credited as foundational for the current Agile movement.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS. He is very active in BCS (Quality Specialist Group) with courses and lectures.

He lives in Norway, and very often in London. More detail at

Conference Chairs include

Osama S M Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Students and Learning, Solent University
Paul Marchbank, Director of School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University
Geoff Staples, BCS Quality SG Chair
James Uhomoibhi, BCS e-Learning SG Chair

Conference Director

Professor Margaret Ross,
Southampton Solent University
School of Media Arts and Technology, East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 0RD, UK
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