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50 Years of Software Engineering

November 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm


6:30 Doors Open, Food & Networking 
7:00 Presentation 
*** Please arrive by 7 PM due to Security ***

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The term “software engineering” was defined in late 1967.  The ability to develop and deploy large complex software-intensive systems has progressed tremendously over the past fifty years, greatly aided by advances in hardware capabilities, performance, and reliability.  As a result, people routinely use applications that would have seemed inconceivable when the term “software engineering” was coined, to the extent that advanced societies are increasingly dependent on their continuing reliable operation. This talk represents an effort to identify and categorize our seminal research projects and engineering efforts that have played a key role in advancing the field to its current state, and to point out some ongoing work that will be central to future advances.

This talk would give a historical perspective of how the field has evolved and what is likely/possible for the future.

Speaker Bio

Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman is a Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, and the Executive Director of its Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI), focused on evaluation and adoption of open source software.

In 1980, as a Professor at UC San Francisco, he released the software under a BSD license. Subsequently, as CEO of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), he incorporated some of that software in IDE through Pictures multiuser modeling environment in 1984, making it among the very first commercial products to include open source software. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Tony has spent 20 years as a senior software executive, established a strong track record of conceiving and building innovative software products and systems.

Tony has been to more than 70 countries and served as General Chair of the 2009 and 2014 Int’l. Conference on Open Source Systems. He served on the Board of Directors of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) from 2010-16 and the Board of Advisors of Open Source for America. Tony is a Fellow of the ACM and a Life Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to software engineering and software development environments. He received the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the IEEE’s Technical Council on Software Engineering and the 2013 Influential Educator Award from the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering.


November 15, 2017
6:30 pm
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SF Bay ACM Chapter


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