Advance Call For Participation ICSE 99

The 21st International Conference on Software Engineering will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, USA May 16-22, 1999. The theme is "Preparing for the Software Century: Software Engineering Challenges for the Global Electronic Community".

According to Barry Boehm, the general chair, "Software pervades all of the growing web of computers, communications, personal and commercial services, financial and public services, and entertainment services evolving into the global electronic community of the 21st century. Providing timely, cost-effective, high-quality software for the diverse stakeholders of this community will require the best possible technology and practices the software engineering community can provide."

ICSE 99 will provide a number of linked forums for presenting and discussing the most promising approaches for meeting these challenges. The forums include the main conference May 19-21, and associated special-topic workshops, symposia, and tutorials May 16-18 and May 22, 1999. The ICSE 99 main conference will include refereed technical papers, invited industry presentations, panels, exhibits, and leading keynote speakers. Featured keynote speakers will include Dr. Alan Kay, Vice President and Disney Fellow, Walt Disney Imagineering; and Dr. William Wulf, the first software engineer to serve as President of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

The conference will be organized around four main subthemes: Quality and Service to People. Scaling up software engineering technology for global use; ensuring safety, security, helpfulness, and quality of service for diverse sets of users; providing safe and powerful user-programmability.

Product Line Architecture and Componentry. Domain engineering, software architectures, reuse, reengineering, and evolution support.

Integrating Process and Product Engineering. Concurrent process/product engineering, management, and control; new processes supporting reuse, rapid and high-quality development and evolution; pro-active process/product support tools and environments.

Advanced Applications. Case studies and lessons learned in meeting 21st century challenges: rapid applications development, COTS integration, high-tech/high-touch product tailoring, systems of systems, networks of networks, hypermedia, autonomous agents.

The deadline for submitting refereed technical papers, panel proposals, and tutorial proposals will be September 4, 1998. Besides research papers and experience reports, the Program Committee encourages well-analyzed case-studies of experiences and lessons learned in developing significant software systems. The deadline for submitting workshop proposals will be June 5, 1998. If you have questions or suggestions for additional Conference emphases, please contact the Conference organizers.

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May is a glorious time in Los Angeles. The average noon temperature is 72 degrees. The area's beaches, mountains, islands, theme parks, museums, theaters, and restaurants are not yet crowded by summer tourism. The Conference will be arranging tours to some of these attractions for attendees. The Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel has a pleasant and relaxing semitropical atmosphere, yet is just a free half-mile shuttle ride from the Los Angeles International Airport. Room rates for attendees will be an attractive $119 per night.