9th Joint Meeting of
the European Software Engineering Conference and
the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium
on the Foundations of Software Engineering

Panels

Empirical answers to fundamental software engineering problems

Wednesday, August 21
17:00-18:15, Column Hall

Chair
Bertrand Meyer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and ITMO, Russia)

Panelists
Harald Gall (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Mark Harman (University College London, UK)
Giancarlo Succi (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy)

Abstract
For all the books on software engineering, and the articles, and the conferences, a remarkable number of fundamental questions, so fundamental that just about software project runs into them, remain open. At best we have folksy rules, some possibly true, others doubtful, and others – such as “adding people to a software project delays it further” – wrong to the point of absurdity. Researchers in software engineering should, as their duty to the community of practicing software practitioners, try to help provide credible answers to such essential everyday questions. The purpose of this panel discussion is to assess what answers are already known through empirical software engineering, and to define what should be done to get more.

Publication culture in software engineering

Thursday, August 22
17:00-18:15, Column Hall

Chair
Steven Fraser (Cisco Research Center, USA)

Panelists
Luciano Baresi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Carlo Alberto Furia (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Georges Gonthier (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK)
Jane Cleland-Huang (DePaul University, USA)
Paola Inverardi (University of L’Aquila, Italy)
Moshe Vardi (Rice University, USA)

Abstract
This panel will discuss what characterizes the publication process in the software engineering community and debate how it serves the needs of the community, whether it is fair – e.g. valuable work gets published and mediocre work rejected – and highlight the obstacles for young scientists. The panel will conclude with a discussion on suggested next steps.

Software engineering in Russia and abroad

Thursday, August 22
11:00-12:15, Column Hall

Language
Russian

Chair
Nick Puntikov (FirstLine Software Group, Russia)

Panelists
Bertrand Meyer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and ITMO, Russia)
Marsha Chechik (University of Toronto, Canada)
Andrei Terekhov (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)
Igor Shturts (Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia)
Nadia Polikarpova (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

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