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Midwest Software Engineering Consortium (MSEC)

Kickoff Meeting
21 May 2005 at ICSE 2005
St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis Ballroom A
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Meeting Topics & Outcomes | Organizing Committee | Participation

Attendance at this first Consortium meeting is by invitation only.

" Software is Everywhere" and so too is Software Engineering, yet there are compelling reasons for leveraging geographic proximity to bring together like-minded researchers and educators to profit from each others experience and expertise. The over-arching goal of the Midwest Software Engineering Consortium (MSEC) is to do precisely that for Software Engineering researchers and educators in the central United States (broadly construed as stretching from Ohio in the East, to Nebraska in the West, and North of Missouri).


This kickoff meeting will provide an opportunity for getting to know new colleagues and establishing programs that can serve the regional Software engineering research and education community. The organizing committee has identified three programs that provide a significant opportunity for building that community. Shaping and planning those programs is a primary goal of this meeting. The programs are:

1) The Annual Midwest Software Engineering Workshop (MSEW) is envisioned as a regional outlet for reviewed, but not highly refereed, research findings. In contrast to meetings like ICSE, the MSEW will foster the sharing of preliminary research findings and provide an opportunity for researchers and students to present their work and receive constructive feedback. An important function of this meeting will be to provide an opportunity to build regional partnerships between researchers and industry. To foster this, the MSEW will change locations each year, focus on a theme that is that is strongly aligned with local industry, and will incorporate invited talks related to the theme from industry and research perspectives. This should provide an exciting opportunity for researchers to interact with industry that they might not otherwise come in contact with.

2) The Software Engineering Research Internships for Undergraduates (SERIU) program will provide a means for Computer Science undergraduates to gain first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and rewards available through graduate study in Software Engineering research. Modeled after the CRA's successful Distributed Mentor Program, this program will pair regional undergraduates with an advisor who is an established Software Engineering researcher. Students will be provided with support for a summer internship in the advisor's lab and have the opportunity to work with graduate students and researchers on cutting edge problems. SERIU will provide an opportunity for undergraduate institutions to enrich the education of their best students and to expose them to different career choices.

3) The Software Engineering Visitors (SEV) program will provide an opportunity for short-term and extended visits among regional institutions. Specifically, the focus of this program is to foster connections between faculty at undergraduate institutions and faculty with established research programs. Visits may come in a variety of forms and durations: a short multi-day visit by a leading expert in a research area to an undergraduate institution might be an exciting way to energize the presentation of a topic in an SE course, or a multi-week visit in the summer by undergraduate faculty to an SE research lab might kindle an ongoing collaboration to the benefit of both parties. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise on SE topics in the region and the SEV program provides one mechanism for tapping that by establishing partnerships.

This kickoff meeting will interleave presentations on the above programs with invited presentations from regional institutions that will serve to inform the participants of the kinds of expertise and programs that are *nearby*. There are many other possible ways for regional SE researchers and educators to productively interact and there will be time set aside to discuss those ideas and to present them to meeting participants. The meeting will also include the formation of organizing committees for the programs that are deemed to be worthy of establishing and for pursuing funding for those programs.


Mark Ardis - Rose Hulman
Betty Cheng - Michigan State
Matthew Dwyer - Nebraska, Lincoln (Chair)
Gary Leavens - Iowa State
Mats Heimdahl - Minnesota
Jane Huang - Depaul
Bruce Weide - Ohio State


To ensure broad and representative participation by SE researchers and
educators in the midwest states, the kickoff meeting will be by invitation only. Approximately 50 participants drawn from faculty at undergraduate institutions and graduate research institutions will be invited. All follow-on programs will be *open* to the communities they serve.