Cruz Izu

Dr Cruz Izu


School of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Cruz hold a B Sc Hons (Computer Science) and a PhD (Computer Architecture) from the University of the Basque Country, and a Graduate Certificate on Online learning for UoA.

Cruz has extensive research experience on the design and evaluation of interconnection networks, from parallel systems to networks on chips, as key component of a parallel system, in collaboration with their colleagues from the University of Cantabria and University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Cruz has taught multiple Systems, Programming and Problem solving courses at UoA, ranging from small groups of 20 students to large classes of 300. She believes students learn most by doing, so her lectures mix oral presentation of course content with examples, exercises and quizzes. Her role as a teacher is mainly to observe students efforts, provide feedback and guidance when required.

Cruz has been research active in the area of Computer Science education in the last 5 years, exploring computational thinking, and how to teach programming skills and code comprehension to first year university students.

Since 2011, Cruz has lead the Google funded Educators PD program (formerly CS4HS) which helps middle and high school teachers introduce Computer Science and computational thinking into their school curriculum. She has recently participated in the write up for the new SACE course Digital Techonologies, which will be implemented in 2018 (Stage1) and 2019 (Stage2).

I have two areas of research. My first area of research covers both interconnection network design and performance evaluation of parallel architectures/interconnects. I regularly collaborate with the ATC research group at the University of Cantabria, Spain and the GAZ group at the University of Zaragoza. 

My second and growing area of research is Computer Science Education, focusing mainly on how undergraduate students acquire program skills and how they problem solve. Both topics are related to my teaching interest.  I explore this topic in collaboration with local colleagues, Dr. Weerasinghe and Dr. Pope, and growing collaborations with Italy and the US. 


Barbara Kidman Fellowship - 2017   A$24,115

Cruz  main teaching topics are mapped into her areas of expertise  

  • Systems and Computer Architecture:   Computer Systems, Computer Networks, Operating Systems 
  • Programming and Problem Solving:   Introduction to Programming for Engineers, Specialised Programming, Problem Solving and Software Development 

Besides, she has revised and managed the  Masters of Computing and Innovation (MCI) Project. 

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Exploring Novice Programmers' Abilities To Solve A String Manipulation Problem The University of Adelaide Masters of Computer Science Master Full Time Xiangkang Pan
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Novice programmers ability to define and write functions University of Adelaide Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) Other Full Time Peter Dinh
    2016 - 2018 External Supervisor Performance and fairness of routing mechanisms for commodity Ethernet networks The University of Cantabria Doctorate Part Time Mariano Benito Hoz
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2005 - ongoing ACM
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - ongoing SACE Board of South Australia Information Technology Writers Group Instructional and training Australia
    2014 - 2015 SACE Board of South Australia Information Technology/ Curriculum Leaders Group Instructional and training Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Associate Program Chair Conference Review ACM SIG group Computer Science Education United States
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135762
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4366
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 4
  • Room: 4 20
  • Org Unit: School of Computer Science

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