Dr Elizabeth Uruchurtu, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, at Sheffield Hallam University tells SANGEETA YADAV about the recently launched course on mobile computing
Tell us about the new course launched by Sheffield Hallam University?
We have launched a masters degree course on mobile computing applications which aims at helping students develop their understanding and skills of mobile application architectures, and development frameworks and technologies. This understanding will be based on user-centric design principles for effective mobile interaction, while also covering a range of technologies to support, distribute and integrate mobile applications.
What is the current scenario of mobile technology in India?
A recent survey by the Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI) says India is likely to become world’s number one mobile market by 2013 with more than a billion mobile users. Indian telecommunication Industry is the world’s fastest growing industry with India possessing the second largest telecommunication network after China. According to recent reports and surveys the global mobile application industry is expected to grow till $17.5 billion by the end of this year. Thus, we are expecting more and more youth choosing it as their career option.
What are the various challenges in this field?
Mobile computing is a very current and dynamic field. While novel developments are made available on daily basis for individuals as well as social communities, at the organisational level a number of challenges remain. For businesses, one particular challenge is that of building functional digital eco-systems, where the number of mobile devices, and existing and emerging information systems can support distributed services. This comprises a number of areas of interests, such as interaction, sharing and exchange of resources and information, usage of multiple networks, managing the computation demands of devises and systems, privacy and security in mobile communications and much more.
What changes do you think is necessary for this sector to grow?
One of the key things that are necessary for this sector to grow is underlying infrastructure. These days we are looking at doing more using mobile technology. This requires better bandwidths, cheaper access to the bandwidth and security over these networks.
What are the various job profiles one can get into after completion of the course?
On successful completion of the MSc in mobile computing applications, that graduates would be able to advance their careers and become mobile computing applications designers, developers, testers, planners, or project managers, among other possible professional roles.
What is the eligibility required to study mobile computing at the University?
Graduates in computer science, software engineering or network programming with an interest in this area or at least an honours degree holder in computing, computer science or other relevant areas such as information technology (IT), information systems, network systems or software engineering. Non-native speakers of English will need an IELTS core of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent).
What is the remuneration like?
You can develop a mobile application and market it using one of the platforms, be it Apple’s app store or Google’s play store. You can sell your applications using this market place. This is a big market these days and is really successful due to the concept of micropayments.
(The article was published in the Pioneer Newspaper)