Welcome

Thank you for attending our USC-CSSE Annual Research Review and Executive Workshop February 12-15 on the USC campus in Los Angeles. This is a month earlier than usual, and we will go back to our March dates in 2008.

A new topic that we are highlighting is our record number of ten graduating Ph.D. students in 2007, plus LiGuo Huang (now at IBM), Roshanak Roshandel (now at Seattle U.), Baoshi Yan (now at Bosch) and Ye Yang (now at IBM) in December 2006. Almost all are interested in industry careers. Two are specializing in computer security, have interned at Microsoft, and are certified computer security professionals. Yue Chen has developed and evaluated a value-based threat defense advisory tool; Danni Wu has analyzed threat defense priority patterns in the NIST database of security targets. Molly Phongpaibul has done empirical studies of agile methods, including comparisons of the costs and benefits of pair development and Fagan inspections; she has also interned at IBM in incorporating agile methods into the Eclipse Process Framework. Jesal Bhuta has developed and evaluated a tool for COTS mismatch analysis and integration assistance, has interned at Infosys, and is interested in working on leading edge commercial applications. Chris Mattman has developed ultrahigh-performance software connectors for highly distributed and voluminous data-intensive systems, in concert with his continuing work as a key staff member in the Modeling and Data Management Systems section at JPL. Sam Malek has worked at Boeing on the Future Combat Systems project, and has developed techniques and tools that aid with the construction, analysis, and maintenance of large-scale distributed and embedded software systems.

Apurva Jain has developed a value-based systems and software engineering theory, process, and 3-D multimedia educational game, and is interested in innovative new-product design and development. Alex Lam has developed and applied a robot testbed for software technology evaluation, has interned at JPL, and is primarily interested in aerospace applications. DeWitt Latimer is an Air Force Lieutenant who has analyzed critical success factors for robot systems acquisition, and will be returning to the Air Force. Hasan Kitapci has developed a tool for bridging informal and formalized requirements, has interned at GroupSystems, and is interested in developing user-intensive applications. All of them will be presenting at the Annual Research Review Tuesday, February 13, and will soon have their resumes on the Annual Research Review web site. We will also be graduating over two dozen MSCS-Software Engineering students in 2007, most of whom will also have their resumes on the web site.

We will also highlight our new "Interdisciplinary Research on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Design" initiative during the ARR week. This involves research with behavioral scientists Ann Majchrzak and Phil More in the Marshall School of Business on principles, practices, and tools for rapid and effective multi-stakeholder, cross-discipline collaborative systems architecting (concurrent problem and solution determination) in both information technology and industrial design settings. One of our Monday workshops will involve tutorials on the use of "boundary objects" in facilitating interdisciplinary collaborative design, and exploration of how best to involve Affiliates in the research activities.

As indicated in our previous email, our Executive Workshop on February 14-15 will be focused on "The Top Three Software-Intensive Systems Risks," identified at our highly successful Convocation for the expanded Center for Systems and Software Engineering in October. You can find the charts and notes on the Convocation talks
and workshop results here.

At the Convocation, we took the opportunity of having a critical mass of software-intensive systems experts in attendance to update our previous software top-10 risk list and focus it on software-intensive systems. The current results of the survey is available here. The results split into a top-three of Architecture complexity and quality tradeoffs, Requirements volatility, and Acquisition and contracting mismatches; a middle four, and a lower 5 (being #12 means 12 out of over a hundred sources of potential risk). Also at the Convocation, the leading suggestion for our next Executive Workshop was to address the top-three risks, so we have followed through on this suggestion.

We would also like to welcome our recent new Affiliates, Cisco, Samsung, the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, and the Data Analysis Center for Software.

Best regards,

Barry Boehm
CSE Director
CSSE Director-designate
Stan Settles
SAE Program Director
CSSE co-Director-designate
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