Dr. Matts Heimdahl
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Mats Heimdahl is the director of the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) where he specializes in software engineering and safety critical systems. Heimdahl is the recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and the McKnight Presidential Fellow award at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Software is increasingly involved in our lives; software controls physical systems ranging from microwave ovens and watches to nuclear power plants, aircraft, and cars. Computer-related failures can, in many of these applications, have catastrophic effects. My research group, the Critical Systems Research Group (CriSys), is conducting research in software engineering and is investigating methods and tools to help us develop software with predictable behavior free from defects. Research in this area spans all aspects of system development ranging from concept formation and requirements specification, through design and implementation, to testing and maintenance. In particular, we are currently investigating model-based software development for critical systems. Specifically, we are focusing on how to use various static verification techniques to assure that software requirements models possess desirable properties, how to correctly generate production code from software requirements models, how to validate models, and how to effectively use the models in the testing process.
Dr. John Knight
University of Virginia
John Knight is a professor of computer science at the University of Virginia. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology (London) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to joining the University of Virginia in 1981, he was with NASA's Langley Research Center. He was the general chair of the 2000 International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2000). He was the general chair of the 2007 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2007). He served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from January 2002 to December 2005. He am a member of the editorial board of the Empirical Software Engineering Journal. He was honored by the IEEE Computer Society as the recipient of the 2006 Harlan D. Mills award. The award citation reads: "For encouraging software researchers to focus on practical results as well as theory, and for critically analyzing their assumptions and evaluating their research claims" He was honored by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) as the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service award.
Dr. Leon J. Osterweil
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Leon J. Osterweil is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a Fellow of the ACM, has been an ACM Lecturer, has served on the editorial board of IEEE Software and on the board of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology since its inception. His paper suggesting the idea of process programming was recognized as the Most Influential Paper of the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 9), awarded as a 10-year retrospective. Another paper on software tool integration, presented at ICSE 6, was runner-up for this honor. Prof. Osterweil was Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and of the Information and Computer Science Department of the University of California at Irvine. He was also the founding director of UCI's Irvine Research Unit in Software. Prof. Osterweil has been the Program Chair of many conferences, including ICSE 16. He is a director of the International Software Process Association, and was General Chair of SIGSOFT's Sixth International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering. He has been a member of the Software Engineering Institute's Process Program Advisory Board since its inception. He is a member of the KLA-Tencor Software Technical Advisory Board and has been on similar boards for SAIC, MCC, and IBM. In addition he has consulted for such companies as AT&T, Boeing, and TRW. Prof. Osterweil's research has centered on software analysis and testing, software tool integration, and software processes and process programming. He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NSF and ARPA/DARPA projects over the past 25 years. He was one of the founding principals of the ARPA-funded Arcadia project, and a co-PI on a DARPA EDCS contract. He has done research and prototype development of testing and analysis systems for over 20 years. He was a principal designer of the DAVE static dataflow analysis system, developed in 1973, and of the Cecil/Cesar programmable dataflow analysis system in the late 1980's. He was a co-developer of the Odin object management system, and a principal in the Toolpack project that developed an early integrated set of tools for numerical software development. He was a leader of the Appl/A process programming language development activity, and currently leads the Little-JIL process programming language project. He has published and presented dozens of papers on these and other software engineering topics in leading venues worldwide. He has been a keynote speaker at a number of conferences, most notably the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering, Quality Week 96, CASE 92, and the Inaugural Symposium of JAIST, the Japan Advanced Institute for Software Technology. He is the Chair of the ACM Impact Project, and was General Chair of ICSE 2006. His ICSE 9 paper has been awarded a prize as the most influential paper of ICSE 9, awarded as a 10-year retrospective. He has consulted for such organizations as IBM, Bell Laboratories, SAIC, MCC, and TRW, and is a member of SEI's Process Program Advisory Board. Prof. Osterweil is a Fellow of the ACM.
Mr. Walker E. Royce
International Business Machines Corporation
Walker Royce is the Chief Software Economist in IBM Software Group. He is a principal consultant and practice leader specializing in measured improvement of systems and software development capability. He is the author of three books: Eureka! Discover and enjoy the hidden power of the English language (Morgan James, 2011), The Economics of Software Development (Addison Wesley, 2009) and Software Project Management, A Unified Framework (Addison Wesley, 1998). From 1994 through 2009, Mr. Royce was the Vice President and General Manager of IBM’s Rational Services organization and built a worldwide team of 500 technical specialists in software delivery best practices and $100M in consulting services. Before joining Rational/IBM, Walker spent 16 years in software project development, software technology development, and software management roles at TRW Electronics & Defense. He was a recipient of TRW’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation for his contributions in distributed architecture middleware and iterative software processes in 1990 and was a TRW Technical Fellow. He received his BA in physics from the University of California and his MS in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Gavriel Salvendy
Gavriel Salvendy (NAE) is professor emeritus of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and Chair Professor Emeritus and Former Head (2001-2011) of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and P.R. of China. He is the author or co-author of over 550 research publications including over 300 journal papers, and is the author or editor of 42 books. His publications have appeared in seven languages. He is the major professor to 67 former and current PhD students. His main research deals with the human aspects of design, operation, and management of advanced engineering systems. Gavriel Salvendy is the founding editor of two journals: the International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries. He was the founding chair of the International Commission on Human Aspects in Computing, Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1990 he became the first member of either the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or the International Ergonomics Association to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was elected "for fundamental contributions to and professional leadership in human, physical, and cognitive aspects of engineering systems." In 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, "for great contributions to the development of science and technology and for the great influence upon the development of science and technology in China.” He is the fourth person in all fields of science and engineering in the 45 years of the Academy ever to receive this award. In 2006, he received the Friendship Award presented by the People’s Republic of China. The award is the highest honor the Chinese government confers on foreign experts. In 2007, he received the John Fritz Medal which is the engineering profession’s highest award for his "fundamental international and seminal leadership and technical contributions to human engineering and industrial engineering education, theory, and practice". The journals Ergonomics(2003) Computers in Industry(2010) and Intelligent Manufacutring (2011) have published special issues in honor of Gavriel Salvendy.He is an honorary fellow and life member of the Ergonomics Society and fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the American Psychological Association. He has advised organizations in over 31 countries on the human side of effective design, implementation and management of advanced technologies in the workplace. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering production at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Dr. Thomas B. Sheridan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thomas Sheridan (NAE) is Ford Professor of Engineering and Applied Psychology, Emeritus, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has spent most of his professional career serving as Director of the Human-Machine Systems Laboratory. His research interests are in experimentation, mathematical modeling, and design of human-machine systems in air, highway and rail transportation, space and undersea robotics, process control, arms control, telemedicine, and virtual reality. He has authored and edited numerous books, cofounded the MIT Press journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, and served on several editorial boards. He chaired and continues to serve on the National Research Council's Committee on Human Systems Integration, and has served on numerous government and industrial advisory committees. Since retiring from MIT he has served the US government as Senior Research Fellow, US DOT Volpe Center, and Chief System Engineer for Human Factors for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, recipient of their Paul M. Fitts and Arnold Small Awards, President’s outstanding career award, and was earlier President of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995. Dr. Sheridan holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, an M.S. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Sc.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Robert F. Sproull
Robert F. Sproull (NAE) is retired from Oracle Labs. He founded and led the Massachusetts branch of Sun Microsystems Laboratories for over ten years. Since undergraduate days, he has been building hardware and software for computer graphics: clipping hardware, an early device-independent graphics package, page description languages, laser printing software, and window systems. He has also been involved in VLSI design, especially of asynchronous circuits and systems. Before joining Sun in 1990, he was a principal with Sutherland, Sproull & Associates, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He is a coauthor with William Newman of the early text, "Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics." He is an author of the recently published book "Logical Effort," which deals with designing fast CMOS circuits. Dr. Sproull was elected in 1997 to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in computer graphics and digital printing. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Sproull received a B.A in Physics from Harvard College in 1968, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, in 1970.
Mr. Jim Sturges
Standards Executive Council
James Sturges is an independent consultant specializing in Program Management and Systems Engineering for very large, complex aerospace and defense systems. He retired in 2009 from Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he had been Director, Engineering Processes, and Director, Mission Assurance. Prior to that he was Vice President, Engineering and Total Quality, at Loral Air Traffic Control/Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management, and C3I Strategic Business Area Director for Loral Tactical Defense Systems, Arizona. He is an Associate Fellow and past member of the Standards Executive Council and chair of the Systems Engineering Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and was twice Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the International Council on Systems Engineering. Early in his career, he was a naval aviator, instrument instructor and check pilot, and anti-submarine warfare officer for the U.S. Navy. He has a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MS and Aeronautical Engineer degree from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey.
Dr. Elaine Weyuker
Software Engineering Research
Elaine Weyuker (NAE) is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and previously an AT&T Fellow at Bell Labs for research in software metrics and testing as well as elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She is the author of over 130 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings. Weyuker received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and an M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to AT&T Labs, she was on the faculty of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, was a faculty member at the City University of New York, a Systems' Engineer at I.B.M. and a programmer at Texaco. She is the co-chair of the ACM-W committee, a member of the steering committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing, a member of the Rutgers University Graduate School Advisory Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. She is a member of the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Spectrum, the Empirical Software Engineering Journal and the Journal of Systems and Software, and was a founding editor of the ACM Transactions of Software Engineering and Methodology. She was the Secretary/Treasurer of ACM SIGSOFT and was an ACM National Lecturer.