This website is about the 2008 edition of the school. Visit this year's edition of LASER.

LASER Summer School on Software Engineering


Concurrency and Correctness

September 7-13, 2008 - Elba Island, Italy

Tryggve Fossum (Intel)
Maurice Herlihy (Brown University)
Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
Bertrand Meyer (ETH Zurich, director)
Robin Milner (Cambridge University)
Peter O'Hearn (Queen Mary University of London)
Daniel A. Reed (Microsoft Research and UNC Chapel Hill)

Print the LASER 2008 poster poster


Many thanks to all speakers and participants of LASER 2008!


The LASER summer school, organized by the ETH Chair of Software Engineering, brings together the concepts and practice of software engineering in the idyllic setting of the Elba Island off the coast of Tuscany, easily reachable by air, car, bus or train.

The LASER school is intended for professionals from the industry (engineers and managers) as well as university researchers, including PhD students. Participants learn about the most important software technology advances from the pioneers in the field. The school's focus is applied, although theory is welcome to establish solid foundations. The format of the school favors extensive interaction between participants and speakers.

Topic and speakers

The IT industry, and with it the software research community, are at a crossroads: the end of Moore's law as we know it. The only way to continue delivering needed advances in computational power is to rely on concurrent techniques, such as multicore architectures. But while extensive research has been conducted on concurrent programming for decades, it remains extremely hard to guarantee the correctness of realistic concurrent computations. The 2008 LASER summer school examines issues and solutions in depth.

The speakers are among the most respected experts in the field:

with Tony Hoare for a special guest lecture.


The school takes place at the magnificent Hotel del Golfo in Golfo di Procchio, Elba. Along with an intensive scientific program, participants will have time to enjoy the natural and cultural riches of this history-laden jewel of the Mediterranean.

Previous lecturers

Since its inception in 2004, LASER has featured the following lecturers:

Jean-Raymond Abrial, Ralph Back, Thomas Ball, Gérard Berry, Ernie Cohen, Laura Dillon, Erich Gamma, Tony Hoare, Miguel de Icaza, Erik Meijer, Bertrand Meyer, Jay Misra, Carroll Morgan, Peter Müller, Amir Pnueli, Mary Poppendieck, Wolfgang Pree, Natarajan Shankar, Joseph Sifakis, Pamela Zave, Andreas Zeller

This event is listed at the Computer Science Event List,


Chair of Software Engineering - ETH Zürich Last update: 22.08.2008