School of Computer Science
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
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 developed and taught multiple Systems, Programming and Problem solving courses at UoA, ranging from small groups of 20 students to large classes of 300. She has being Honours coordinator, course advice coordinator and current is the coordinator for the Masters of Computing and Innovation.
From 2011 to 2020, Cruz led 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 participated in the write up for the new SACE course Digital Technologies, which was first implemented in 2018 (Stage1) and 2019 (Stage2).
In the last 7 years, Cruz has been research active in the area of Computer Science education, exploring computational thinking, problem solving and how to teach programming skills and code comprehension to first year university students. She regularly an associated PC member for top conferences SIGCE and ITiCSE and has recently edited a special issue for the Journal Informatics in Education.
I have two areas of research. My most recent 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 interests. I'm researching this area in collaboration with local colleagues, such as Dr. Pope and Dr Alexander, and growing collaborations with Italy (Dr Mirolo for University of Udine, and Dr Lonati from University of Milan) and South America. I regularly review and chair sessions on this area, and I am currently a guest editor for a special issue on "The Role of Abstraction in CS Education".
My first area of research has covered both interconnection network design and performance evaluation of parallel architectures/interconnects. I have regularly collaborated with the ATC research group at the University of Cantabria, Spain and the GAZ group at the University of Zaragoza.
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
- Problem Solving: Specialised Programming, Problem Solving and Software Development, Puzzle Based Learning
- Learning to code: Foundations of CS, Introduction to Programming
Besides, she is the coordinator for the Masters of Computing and Innovation (MCI) and regularly teaches the core course MCI Project.
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