of Southern California
The Annual Research Review will be held Tuesday,
February 6, 2001. It will summarize our recent results on our MBASE
development methodology and experience, COCOMO® II extensions, commercialization
of Easy Win Win on GroupSystems.com's collaboration infrastructure,
and architecture research, plus presentations covering our new National
Center for Empirically Based Software Engineering (CeBASE) collaborations.
A preliminary agenda for the Review is also attached; it also includes
our evening Affiliates reception, dinner, and feedback session, where
we'll also hand out free copies of our new COCOMO® II book and CD.
The CBS workshop will continue our successful series of collaborative
workshops with the SEI, and inaugurate a set of workshops based on our
collaboration with Victor Basili and the University of Maryland in our
new NSF-sponsored Center for Empirically Based Software Engineering
(CeBASE). A particular focus will be on how collaborative empirical
research (quantitative and qualitative experimental and observational
analyses of CBS phenomena) can best be pursued to provide more useful
guidelines for CBS development and evolution. Some particular issues
that we propose to cover via breakout groups are: - CBS process and
methods issues. How do "requirements" best fit the CBS process? How
should object-oriented methods be extended to adequately cover CBS?
How do CBS glue code inspection techniques differ from inspecting new
design and code?
- CBS architecture
issues. How can you best detect and deal with architectural mismatch
among COTS components? How can you best analyze properties of CBS
at the architectural level?
- CBS post-deployment
issues. How frequently should you "refresh" an evolving system to
accommodate new COTS releases? What kinds of COTS "technology watch"
strategies are most effective for anticipating and dealing with COTS
- CBS metrics
and predictive models. How can you estimate the amount of glue code
needed to integrate COTS components? How can we extend and improve
our COCOTS estimation model to cover the post-deployment phase?
- CBS dependability
issues. Dependability includes any desired combination of reliability,
survivability, security, safety, accuracy, and real time performance.
How can you assess the prospective dependability of (combinations
of) COTS products? Are there ways to compensate for shortfalls in
COTS dependability? How can you preserve dependability across COTS
I hope you will be able to join us at the Workshop. If you are
unavailable at that time, I'd appreciate it if you could pass on this
invitation to colleagues who would be good candidates to participate.
For any further information, please contact our Administrator, Ladonna
Pierce (Phone: (213) 740-5703; Fax: (213) 740-4927; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)