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International Conference on Software Engineering
Orlando, Florida, USA
May 19-25, 2002

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ICSE 2002 Co-Located Events

This information is preliminary and subject to change until this notice is removed.

Note: All co-located events will be held in the conference hotel.

C1: Third International Workshop on Software Engineering and Middleware (SEM 2002)

Wolfgang Emmerich, General Chair
Andre van der Hoek and Alberto Coen Porisini, Program Co-Chairs

SEM 2002 is the third international workshop on software engineering and middleware and it continues the international workshops on engineering distributed objects (EDO), which were held in 1999 in Los Angeles and in 2000 at UC Davis. The proceedings of the second workshop are available from Springer Verlag as LNCS 1999.

SEM 2002 is a two-day workshop held on Monday May 20th and Tuesday May 21st.

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Important Dates

February 22, 2002Electronic paper submission
March 25, 2002Acceptance Notification
April 15, 2002Camera-ready copy Submission

C2: International Summit on Software Engineering Professionalism (SSEP)

Barrie Thompson and Helen Edwards, Chairs
School of Computing Engineering and Technology
University of Sunderland, St Peter's Way,
Sunderland SR6 0DD, United Kingdom

This summit will continue work, undertaken in 2000 and 2001, to promote consideration and evaluation of a document entitled the "Harmonization of Professional Standards" that had been produced under the auspices of the International Federation for Information Processing. (Details of the document can be found via IFIP’s web site at <> or at <>). This previous work included a workshop which was held at the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T 2001) which was held in Charlotte North Carolina in February 2001 the results of which have been reported in depth in a paper published in Education and Information Technologies, Volume 6, Number 4, December 2001. A clear result from these activities is that the document produced by IFIP can provide an effective framework for the harmonisation of Software Engineering professionalism BUT…! The IFIP document contains relevant concepts and a useful framework which is acceptable within a range of geographical locations, but there is a significant level of detail that is missing which needs to be added to enable its effective use.

The IFIP document highlights six areas for consideration:

  • Professional Practice
  • Established Body of Knowledge
  • Education and Training
  • Professional experience
  • Best Practice and Proven Methodologies
  • Maintenance of Competence

The Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (details at the following Web Sites: <>, and <>) and the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (details at the SWEBOK Project Web Site: <>) can be seen to reasonably match the needs of the first two areas. However, much needs to be done to investigate the needs of the other four areas. To do this we have to:

  • Try and build up a truly international view and be sensitive to local situations.
  • Get accurate data and find out what the situation is across the world both in the areas of professional practice and educational structures.

The prime aim of this summit is to provide a forum to consider global aspects of a Software Engineering profession that are relevant to the latter four areas highlighted by IFIP. In particular it will enable opinions to be formed on:

  • What are the key steps in a career in Software Engineering ?
  • What education and training are needed?
  • How should professional behaviour be regulated?
  • How is competence maintained and certified?

Are you interested in Software Engineering professionalism and ensuring global standards? If so please contact Barrie Thompson or Helen Edwards for more details.

Remember if we don’t define the profession and what counts then eventually the lawyers and the courts will do it for us!

SSEP is a one-day event held on Monday May 20th.

C3: International Summit on Software Engineering Education (SSEE)

Barrie Thompson and Helen Edwards, Chairs
School of Computing Engineering and Technology
University of Sunderland, St Peter's Way,
Sunderland SR6 0DD, United Kingdom

Currently a joint task force of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM are engaged in producing undergraduate curricula and associated documentation known as Computing Curriculum 2001 (CC 2001). The volume relating to Computer Science was released on December 15th 2001 and now work is progressing on the volume relating to Software Engineering. This event has been organised to provide a forum for the widest involvement by the Software Engineering community in the development of their volume by co-locating it with the premier Software Engineering conference.

There is a clear need to develop Software Engineering programmes to meet local, national and international needs. For the Software Engineering volume of CC2001 to be accepted across the globe there needs to be involvement by the international community in its development. One of the eleven principles laid down for CC2001 is that "CC2001 must strive to be international in scope" and further, within that principle, that "CC2001 is intended to be useful to computing educators throughout the world".

In sessions concerned with the Computer Science volume at the Seventh IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (29th July to 3rd August 2001, Copenhagen, Denmark) it was clear that many of the attendees did not believe that the Computer Science material was sufficiently international in scope. All efforts must be made to ensure that the same view is not made of the material in the Software Engineering volume.

The organisers of this summit met with members of the steering committee for the Software Engineering volume during the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T 2002) which was held in Covington Kentucky in February 2002. A very successful workshop related to the development of the Software Engineering volume was held at CSEE&T as reported in this issue of FASE. The summit at ICSE has been planned to provide even wider involvement by the international community. By the time of the summit the steering committee intend that Foundation Units will have been defined, a theoretical model underpinning the curricula will be finalised, Knowledge Areas with descriptions will be available, and for each Knowledge Area there will be an initial list of Knowledge Units each with a short description.

The summit in May will be devoted to considering learning objectives and the development of mappings between knowledge areas and learning objectives. This will be done within the context of a range of software engineering undergraduate provisions (such as standard BS in Software Engineering as could be found in the USA, or degree-level programs approved by relevant national professional bodies - such as the Indian Computer Society). Thus the workshop will need to identify:

  • The learning objectives for differing Software Engineering programs,
  • Mappings between the Knowledge Areas (and their units that have been developed so far) and the various sets of leaning objectives,
  • Gaps in learning objectives and more importantly gaps in Knowledge Areas and their Units

The summit will provide an excellent opportunity for not only for the voluntary members of the Knowledge Area Focus Group and the voluntary members of the Pedagogy Area Focus Group to meet with the members of steering committee for the project. It will also allow for any Software Engineering educators and those interested in Software Engineering education to become involved in the production of the Software engineering volume.

Are you interested? If so please contact Barrie Thompson or Helen Edwards for more details via:

Attendees are requested to provide the following information by the end of April:

Participant Pre Conference Information (Maximum of 4 pages of text)

1. Personal Information

Delegate Name:
Affiliation and contact details:
Short Biography (50 words max):

2. Example SE programme for use in the workshop for the context detailed in section 3

Outline Description (specify if a single subject programme or a joint/multi subject programme) Maximum of 200 words

Learning Objectives ( you can specify these for the complete programme or for each year/stage of the programme)

3. General Contextual Information on University education for a country (or group of countries) with which you are familiar

3.1 Country(ies):

3.2 For the University/Further Education Sector Sector:

Number and range of institutions offering undergraduate degrees
What constitutes the "standard" undergraduate degree.

3.3 University Education

Normal Duration of Full-Programmes (years/weeks/learning commitment per week)
Normal age on Entry (for non mature students)
Application arrangements
External/government mechanisms for ensuring educational standards

3.4. Information on Existing Software Engineering (SE) Programmes (if such exist)

Range of undergraduate SE programmes available
Outline description of a typical undergraduate SE programme

3.5. Any Involvement by Professional Bodies

A completed example can be found at: <>

Registration is via the icse web site: <>.

SSEE is a one-day event held on Tuesday May 21st.

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