Archive for June, 2012

Go girls @ Willoughby Girls High School!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I want to give a big shout out to the fabulous girls studying computing at Willoughby Girls High School! Thanks Mr Devitt for your order of books, it was my pleasure to sign a little note for all of the girls. Thank you girls so very much for your lovely messages. I’m glad you are inspired, because we need bright young minds like yours in the information technology industry. You rock! 🙂 Go girls 🙂

J x


Science is exhausting :) but barcelona was incredible!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I’ve now returned from a massive two week trip to Barcelona, Spain, with a stop in Melbourne on the way home (next post). I went to Spain to present a paper at the European Conference on Information Systems that I wrote based on my PhD studies. it is one of the best papers I’ve written (and I’ve had a lot of practice!) and I was rewarded with an award for the most innovative research paper -wow! So out of 1000 or so papers originally submitted to the conference, 29% were accepted, and our of those, mine was chosen as the best. Wow, wow, wow! I’m a little excited! 🙂


Conferences are about discussing the science of technology. I met lots of very interesting people at the conference, and i learnt a lot of new things. I’m also setting up some research collaborations with people in Germany, Finland, and Lichtenstein, very cool! Going to conferences can be a little strange, you get to meet people whose work and ideas you have been reading for years, so it’s a bit rock star like in the mildest sense. It’s sure is intellectually stimulating too!


Barcelona was beautiful and I had lots of fun travelling with my friends. Some friends I regularly see at conferences so it was fun to hang out by the beach when we had time away from the conference. And I made some new friends…


The only downside to the trip was that my handbag was stolen right under my nose without me even seeing it go! They are very talented those guys who hang out by the beach, waiting for any opportunity. They got my phone, credit card, license, reading glasses and about €100, oh and my room card. But it could have been much worse, so I’m not letting it get me down. Hope the things I learnt can help you:

  • Only take what you need with you when you are out of your room in a new city – leave the passport and other credit cards in your room safe. Dont even bring your video store cards etc from home
  • Do not take your room key inside the sleeve that has the hotel name and room number written. If my hotel didn’t have 24hr reception, I’m sure I would have had everything stolen. They came back to my hotel. Creepy!
  • always be with a friend if possible! Makes the whole experience much more bearable and manageable!
  • Remember, there is always someone else worse off! Enjoy every day.
  • It was a really great adventure to the other side of the world. Once again, I love my job. It rocks!

    Next post – Presenting at go girl Melbourne
    J x

    What to do with jet lag…..

    Monday, June 18th, 2012

    So it’s 4am and I can’t sleep. I’ve been travelling for 2 weeks to barcelona and now I’m in melbourne. But I’m ready to go home to brisbane to my own bed. I’m staying in a motel, sharing a room with a friend who also can’t sleep. So after tossing and turning for a couple of hours we decided to get up and do some work (well she is working, I’m posting pics of my trip online (will blog about that soon)). This is the 2nd night in a row this has happened to me, but you take the good with the bad.

    So I decided to watch the Euro2012 soccer match between Croatia and Spain. I’ve been watching a few games while in barcelona, after all Spain are the world and european champions! In Australia, the game airs at 4:45am, which I would usually say is ridiculous 😜 but it’s perfect today because I really can’t do any work at this hour. The problem is that one particular tv station has the rights to air the game through a specially purchased channel of foxtel, and I couldn’t find anywhere online to watch the game through the motel wifi. After an hour of searching I found that because we had purchased this channel at home, I could login with my Foxtel smart card number to the web and watch it. What a treat! But I had to get the smart card number from the Foxtel box at home 😒 so knowing that hubby would be watching the game at home before work, I texted him to send me the number. Once he did, I could login and watch!

    I think this is pretty cool, even if it was frustrating to work out how to do it. But watching a live soccer match from Poland on my Mac while in melbourne is a good demonstration of how cool technology can be! There’s even a cool little dashboard. I’m impressed. Go Spain!