November 30, 2006: Seminar: Victor Basili: "The Role of Empirical Study in High End Computing"

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Computer Science

2006-2007 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

The Role of Empirical Study in High End Computing

Victor R. Basili
University of Maryland
Thursday, November 30, 2006

11:00 a.m., Room 236 SEO


Although most scientific and engineering disciplines view empiricism as a basic aspect of their discipline, that view has not been the tradition in software engineering. For software engineering to advance as a discipline there should be a synergistic relationship between research and practice, allowing software engineers to take advantage of research in building systems.

One important domain for software development is high end computing. There has been a great deal of study of the execution time aspects of high end computing but there has not been much study of the human aspect of developing these codes.

This talk discusses of the approach to building a body of empirical evidence about the development of high end computing codes and provides some results to date. The work is part of the High Productivity Computing Systems project. We are taking advantage of prior work in improving of the software product and process in other domains and applying those techniques to HEC. Specific areas of study include the effect of various variables, such as programming models, on effort, defects, and workflows.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Victor R. Basili is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas and honorary degrees from the Universities of Sannio (Italy) and Kaiserslautern (Germany). He was Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center - Maryland and a founder and principal of the Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) at NASA/GSFC. He works on measuring, evaluating, and improving the software development process and product via mechanisms for observing and evolving knowledge through empirical research, e.g., the Goal/Question /Metric Approach, the Quality Improvement Paradigm, and the Experience Factory. He is a recipient several awards including a NASA Group Achievement Award, a NASA/GSFC Productivity Improvement and Quality Enhancement Award, the 1997 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and Computer Science by the Washington Academy of Sciences, the 2000 Outstanding Research Award from ACM SIGSOFT and the 2003 Harlan Mills Award from the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Basili has authored over 200 papers, served as Editor-in-Chief of several journals (IEEE TSE, Journal of Empirical Software Engineering) and program chair and general chair of several conferences (ICSE). He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow.

Host: Professor Jeffrey Tsai

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