KU to Host International Software Engineering Conference


By Michelle Ward

Nearly 200 of the world's leading experts on software engineering will gather at the University of Kansas next month to exchange research on the development of more efficient, reliable and secure software systems during the 26th Annual IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering.

Perry Alexander, director of KU's Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) and general chair of the conference, said local and regional industry practitioners would be able to attend tutorials on advanced software engineering techniques, participate in specialized workshops, and see tool demonstrations and paper presentations at the main conference. Those interested in participating should go to http://www.ase-conference.org for more information.

The conference, hosted by ITTC and KU Continuing Education, will be Nov. 6-11 at The Oread. It is sponsored by two professional societies: the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

According to Alexander, there will be significant attention given to disseminating cutting-edge research in techniques for automating software synthesis, testing, analysis and development processes. The conference will present information through technical papers, special sessions, tutorials, workshops and a student poster session. Anyone interested in software engineering will find an activity of interest at the conference, Alexander said.

"It is a thrill to have so many of my research colleagues in Lawrence for the conference. The attendees are among the top minds in the world in software engineering, and I hope local industry will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with them," said Alexander, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science.

Keynote presentations will take place Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Ian Witten, professor of computer science at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, will present "Wikipedia and How to Use It for Semantic Document Representation," explaining how to enhance information retrieval and connection within the rich resource. The following morning Matthew Dwyer, a professor of computer science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver "Unifying Testing and Analysis through Behavioral Coverage" that will offer techniques and tools to better assess the correctness of software systems.

Participants from KU include EECS Professor Arvin Agah, who will co-chair the Tutorials Track, and Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center Director Leonard (Kris) Krishtalka, a professor of vertebrate paleobiology, who will deliver a keynote address.

For more information, visit the conference site online.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

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Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

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ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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