the amount of neurons your brain contains, which is about
16 times the number of people on earth.
the number of neuron connections that open the way to
massive parallel processing within the brain
This issue we’ll be talking
about the ACM Tech Packs, a
relatively new offering from the
Each Tech Pack is intended
to be a learning package
covering a particular technical
area of interest—available
packs include cloud computing
and parallel computing, with
packs on mobility, software
as a service, globalization-localization, security, and
gaming currently being
The central offering of
each pack is an annotated
bibliography drawn from ACM
content and also non-ACM
resources such as tutorials,
sample code, podcasts and
The content is extremely
valuable for students looking
for information on a particular
subject, especially those
looking for starting points on
So what is the advantage
of Tech Packs over the ACM
Digital Library? For one, the
information has already been
found, recommended by a
team of ‘experts,’ and coupled
with an explanation of why the
source is useful and significant.
The other advantage is that
each Tech Pack is intended to
be a learning resource rather
than a repository of knowledge.
Have your log-in details
ready as you will need them
to access the Tech Packs. For
more info, take a look at http://
In a couple of months, applications for postgraduate courses will open for the next academic year, attract- ing the best students from around
the world. In this competitive process,
you should be ready to prepare a re-
markable application in order to raise
your chances of being accepted into
your preferred courses. Although the
procedure may change per country and
university, here are some tips to help
you organize yourself before deadlines
you should start thinking about it.
6. In case you want to go for a Ph.D. you
have to know what you want to research.
It is recommended (and sometimes
required) to write a scientific research proposal. Include an abstract
and try to make it specific and attractive.
1.prepare your applications as soon as
possible. This may mean a few months
before Christmas. This will also give
you the opportunity to meet deadlines for funding applications.
7.ask for your recommendation letters
and give your instructors 3-4 weeks
to prepare them. Be sure you know
how many you want and how they
should be delivered.
2. In order to achieve step 1 you should
use the fall and summer before the application deadline to research which
universities and for what programs
you want to apply.
8. For steps 3-7 there is plenty of accessible information to help you (e.g.
“Letters of Recommendation” XRDS,
Spring 2011). Google it! do not, in any
case, use templates.
3.take the required tests (Gre, Gmat,
ielts, toefl) as soon as possible. Ideally in September or October. Keep in
mind you have to reserve your space
about a month before the exam
9. For a Ph.D., you should contact potential advisors well before your official application due date (that’s why you need
step 4 and 6). Visit their personal
website and look for information for
prospective students. Read it! You
should also study some of their papers and decide if you want to work
with them for the next 3-4 years.
4. prepare a detailed Cv. Even though it
may not be a requirement for your
application, a CV will make filing out
the application less time consuming. Your CV will also be useful while
in contact with faculty members.
10.Always remember that the whole
application process is about “selling”
yourself to potential “buyers.”
— Daniel Gooch
5. prepare a personal statement. This is
the reason why you want to attend the
specific program. What are your goals
and aspirations? It will be asked, so
11. do not spend hours in front of the pC
waiting for news or visiting the online
tracking system. If they want you,
they will find you. However, always
ask for confirmation when sending
necessary documents by email.
— Vaggelis Giannikas