Major global software conference for Limerick

7 Jul 2009

SFI-backed CSET Lero is to host the fourth IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (IGSCE) at the University of Limerick next week.

The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre Lero will play host to industry experts and leading researchers from all over the globe are expected to attend the conference, which runs from 13th until 16th July under the auspices of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

This year’s conference will focus on the globalisation of software development and how pervasive it is in today’s IT and software industry.

The diversity of culture and communication and the dispersion over time and space require novel techniques, tools, and practices from many disciplines to overcome numerous difficulties and to take advantage of rare opportunities such environments entail.

The 2009 ICGSE will draw on how industry has coped with difficulties within global software engineering as well as investigate how to cope with agile software development while working in global environment.

Delivering a keynote address at the conference will be chief architect for the IBM Software Group in Ireland, Mike Roche, who will discuss the role of social software and advanced collaboration systems in global software developing, drawing on the experiences of IBM and its business and research partners.

Addressing the challenge to increase the productivity of global software development without significantly impacting on price will be Michael Heiss, vice-president for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology at the globally operating Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

Also participating in the ICGSE will be Dr H Dieter Rombach, full professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Dr Rombach will focus on the growing fashion of outsourcing or off-shoring software development, while motivating the need for using multiple criteria to make intelligent choices regarding remote development-site decisions.

The event which was previously held in Brazil, Germany and India will be chaired by Dr Ita Richardson, research area leader within Lero.

“Lero is thrilled to be hosting this most prestigious international conference for the software engineering community,” Richardson said.

“The ICGSE creates an invaluable platform from which industry experts and leading researchers can share their knowledge with colleagues and offer a global perspective on the current challenges facing our industry”, said Dr Richardson.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years