Welcome to ICSE 2003, Software Engineering Week in Portland!

ICSE 2003 has ended. Thank you all for your participation, and we hope to see you at future ICSEs.

You can find links to future ICSEs, and other previous ICSEs, at http://www.icse-conferences.org/.

You can view the WOW newsletters for ICSE 2003.

You can also view the online version of The Final Program.

Other information is accessible at right, but is no longer maintained, so addresses and links may now be out of date.

A Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the silver anniversary of the International Conference on Software Engineering! Managing the complexity of modern software systems is without question a grand challenge for software engineering. It is therefore fitting that the theme for the silver anniversary of the International Conference on Software Engineering is: "Scaling New Heights." ICSE 2003 brings together world leaders in software engineering research, practice, and education to present and discuss the most recent advances, trends, and concerns in this ever expanding and critical field.

Software Engineering is a vibrant and growing discipline. This year there was a significant increase in submissions in all areas, with 324 technical papers, 52 education papers, and 61 experience reports submitted. All submissions were rigorously reviewed by multiple experts on the ICSE 2003 committees (a minimum of three reviewers for technical papers), leading to the acceptance of 42 technical papers, 16 experience reports, and 11 education papers. The result is an impressive program.

The ICSE Software Engineering Week, May 3 to 10, 2003, consists of the main ICSE conference and an interesting array of tutorials, workshops, and related events associated or co-located with ICSE. Each morning of the ICSE 2003 conference starts with a topical keynote address by an outstanding speaker. Other notable highlights of the program are: three mini-tutorials on new and promising software engineering technologies in the Frontiers of Software Practice (FoSP) track; a mini-tutorial on how to write a good research paper in software engineering; and participation from the automotive community in a session on automotive software engineering. Throughout the conference, there are also exhibits, posters, and research demonstrations, as well as a morning newsletter describing memorable moments from the previous day, humor, and fascinating facts. Finally, the conference features several breaks, lunches, and receptions providing opportunities to meet and mingle with old and new friends.

Prior to and immediately following the main ICSE 2003 program, there are 13 tutorials on a variety of topics and 14 workshops that offer a forum for interaction. There are also three special events: the Pioneers Symposium, the New Software Engineering Faculty Symposium, and the Doctoral Symposium. Finally, the week includes five co-located workshops and events; the Workshop on Software Configuration Management (SCM-11), the International SPIN Workshop on Model Checking of Software (SPIN 2003), the Workshop on Software Process Simulation Modeling (ProSim 2003), the International Workshop on Program Comprehension (IWPC 2003), and the Summit on Software Engineering Education.

ICSE 2003 is being held in the Portland Hilton Hotel, which resides in the heart of Portland's entertainment and cultural district, with access to performing arts, shopping, museums, coffee houses, microbreweries, and numerous restaurants, all within three blocks. We hope you seize the opportunity, perhaps before or after this busy Software Engineering week, to explore the "Rose City" and the many recreational opportunities of the Pacific Northwest.

A conference as diverse as ICSE requires the efforts of a number of volunteers. Thank you, members of the ICSE 2003 program committee, organizing committee, and all sub-committees! We also wish to acknowledge the support of our donors and sponsors. Finally, thank you for joining us at this the silver anniversary of ICSE. We anticipate that a memorable week of presentations, discussions, and demonstrations lies ahead. Enjoy!

Lori Clarke
General Chair
University of Massachusetts, USA 
Laurie Dillon
Program Co-Chair
Michigan State University, USA 
Walter Tichy
Program Co-Chair
University of Karlsruhe, Germany 

Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations:

IEEE Master Brand
IEEE logo
IEEE Computer Society 
Technical Council on Software Engineering 
ACM logo
Sigsoft logo

Corporate Donors:


Northorp Grumman Space Technology IBM Corp, Research Division

GOLD Level:

BMW Nokia Corporation Sun Microsystems


Daimler Chrysler Microsoft Research

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