Keynote Speaker - Dieter Rombach

Head of the Research Group for Software Engineering (AGSE) at T.U. Kaiserslautern and of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE)

Title - The Maturation of Empirical Studies

Abstract. Empirical studies are an essential building block of any engineering discipline. Through observation and experiments, we can create new knowledge and models that can aid in development and maintenance of software-intensive systems. In the early 1980s, NASA's Software Engineering Lab was the first institution to conduct experiments and case studies. Subsequently, a network of researchers has led to the formation of the International SE Research Network (ISERN). Whereas the body of knowledge on lab experiments has since matured significantly, that on industrial case studies is still lagging behind. This presentation describes the stumbling blocks towards broader use of case studies, outlines some of the technologies and research needed to enable this path, and sketches a vision of empirical studies in the future.

Bio. Since 1992, Dr. Rombach has held the Software Engineering Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern. He is also the founding and Director of Business Development of the Fraunhofer IESE. He has occupied various positions at the University of Maryland and at NASA (1984-1991). He has received awards by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the College for Computer, Mathe-matical and Physical Sciences of the University of Maryland, the Federal Republic of Germany and the University of Oulu.


Keynote Speaker - Prof. Tony Gorschek

Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Title - How to increase the chance of successful transfer to practice: Good Practices from real life projects

Abstract. TBA

Bio. Dr. Tony Gorschek is a Professor of Software Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology and part time at Chalmers University. He is also associated with University of Auckland, and University of Ulm where he works with Daimler AG. His research commitments are both national and international ranging from conference organization (General Chair for IEEE RE'14), PC work in premiere conferences (ICSE, ESEC/FSE), to serving on the editorial board for the premiere journal Empirical Software Engineering. Dr. Gorschek has over ten years industrial experience as a CTO, senior executive consultant and engineer, but also as chief architect and product manager. In addition he has built up five startups in fields ranging from logistics to internet based services and algorithmic stock trading. Currently he manages his own consultancy company, works as a CTO, and serves on several boards in companies developing cutting edge technology and products. At present he supervises four PhD students and leads several research projects. As example can be mentioned a project with industry partners Axis and Volvo in the area of Requirements and Verification & Validation co-optimization. IBM, Ericsson and Qtema are partners in a project dealing with Large-scale software based innovation where an innovation candidate engine is under development. Daimler AG and Volvo PV Sweden, both , a luxury car manufacturers, are also industrial partners working with creation of models for optimized communication and lean and agile environments in large scale development of software intensive systems.


Keynote Speaker - Alistair Mavin

Requirements Specialist, Rolls-Royce PLC

Title - I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want: an industry perspective on the effective application of research in projects

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Bio. Alistair Mavin (Mav) is a requirements specialist at Rolls-Royce PLC based in Derby, UK. He has experience in the development and delivery of requirements engineering training and in supporting innovation in system requirements and design. He has worked on numerous technology transfer projects with various research groups. Mav has published many papers on requirements and systems engineering and is a regular contributor to the IEEE RE conference series. He was Industry Chair for RE13, is a member of the British Computer Society's Requirements Engineering Specialist Group committee and is a chartered engineer.