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Computers Are Just Tools; Computer Science Is About People

Computer science is not about computers, but all about people


I did a quick, dirty, and informal study of the course titles taught at the MIT OpenCourseWare ( autumn 2009. It showed that of the 35 different departments represented, there were 15 departments which offered courses and whos title included the word "computational".

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Martin Kaarup began his professional career over a decade ago as a system developer on location-based mobile phone services. During that time he participated as lead developer in pioneering unique state-of-the-art location-based services for the European and Asian markets, such as low-cost fleet-tracking using antenna triangulation and applications for utilizing customer positioning data for demographic use. He also participated in building location based games, such as treasure hunts and country-wide Dungeon & Dragons-based games merging www, wap and sms technologies.

Later, he shifted to the financial sector in Scandinavia where he worked as an enterprise architect building, extending, and delivering advanced fund data solutions and services designed specifically for the pan-European Fund Industry.

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