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LASER Summer School on Software Engineering


Software Testing: The Practice And The Science

September 6-12, 2009 - Elba Island, Italy

Alberto Avritzer (Siemens)
Michel Cukier (University of Maryland)
Yuri Gurevich (Microsoft Research)
Mark Harman (King's College London)
Bertrand Meyer (ETH Zurich, co-director)
Tom Ostrand (AT&T)
Mauro Pezzè (University of Lugano)
Elaine Weyuker (AT&T, co-director)

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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

Testing used to be the dirty secret of software development: practiced by everyone as the main technique of quality assurance, but without a serious scientific foundation. This is no longer the case; research in recent years has brought considerable advances to the theory of testing and the quality of testing tools. The LASER 2009 summer school presents these advances, both theoretical and practical, addressing the science of testing as well as the concrete solutions available to development teams.

The seven speakers are among the top international experts in the field from both academia and industry, having brought major contributions to the progress of testing techniques.

The program both for industry practitioners who want to improve their testing process and to scientists who want to explore the concepts in depth and find new research ideas.

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

with Mark Harman 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, Tryggve Fossum, Erich Gamma, Maurice Herlihy, Tony Hoare, Miguel de Icaza, Erik Meijer, Bertrand Meyer, Robin Milner, Jay Misra, Carroll Morgan, Peter Müller, Peter O'Hearn, Amir Pnueli, Mary Poppendieck, Wolfgang Pree, Daniel A. Reed, 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: 22.07.2009