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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 2009 LASER school brings together six of the best experts in the field :

  • Alberto Avritzer, Siemens
    Alberto Avritzer received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.Sc. in Computer Science for the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and the B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Software Engineering Department at Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, New Jersey. Before moving to Siemens Corporate Research, he spent 13 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he developed tools and techniques for performance testing and analysis. He spent the summer of 1987 at IBM Research, at Yorktown Heights. His research interests are in software engineering, particularly software testing, monitoring and rejuvenation of smoothly degrading systems, and metrics to assess software architecture, and he has published over 50 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings in those areas. He is a member of ACM SIGSOFT, and IEEE. Dr. Avritzer can be reached at alberto.avritzer AT

  • Michel Cukier, University of Maryland
    Michel Cukier is an Associate Professor of Reliability Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Michel received a degree in physics engineering from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1991, and a doctorate in computer science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France, in 1996. From 1996 to 2001, he was a researcher at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Maryland in 2001 as Assistant Professor. His research covers dependability and security issues. His latest research focuses on the empirical quantification of computer security. He has published over 60 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings in those areas.

  • Yuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research
    Yuri Gurevich was an algebraist in Soviet Union, then a logician in Israel, and then a computer scientist in the USA. After teaching for a long while at the University of Michigan he joined Microsoft Research in 1998 where he built a group on Foundations of Software Engineering. Currently he is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, ACM Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, and Dr. Honoris Causa of two universities.

  • Mark Harman, King's College London
    Mark Harman is professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at King's College London. He is widely known for work on source code analysis and testing and he was instrumental in the founding of the field of Search Based Software Engineering, a field that currently has active researchers in 24 countries and for which he has given 14 keynote invited talks. Professor Harman is the author of over 150 refereed publications, on the editorial board of 7 international journals and has served on 90 programme committees. He is director of the CREST centre at King's College London. More details are available from the CREST website.

  • Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zürich and Eiffel Software (director)
    Bertrand Meyer is Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zürich and Chief Architect of Eiffel Software. His current research interests include object technology, proofs and tests of classes, object-oriented concurrency.

  • Tom Ostrand, AT&T
    Thomas Ostrand is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Information and Software Systems Research department of AT&T Labs in Florham Park, NJ. His current research interests include software test generation and evaluation, defect analysis and prediction, and the design of tools for software development and testing. Prior to joining AT&T, Dr Ostrand worked at Siemens Corporate Research, Sperry Univac, and the Computer Science Department of Rutgers University. While at Siemens, he developed the category-partition method for software test design and specification. He is a Senior member of the ACM, and has served as a Member-at-Large of the ACM/SIGSOFT Executive Committee. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Empirical Software Engineering.

  • Mauro Pezzè, University of Lugano
    Mauro Pezze' is professor of software engineering at the University of Lugano and at the University of Milano Bicocca. He is associate editor of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Software Testing and Analysis, and Senior Member of IEEE. He coauthored with Michal Young a book on Software Testing and Analysis - Process, Principles and Techniques, recently published by John Wiley and translated in German and Portuguese. His current interests are in autonomic computing, self-healing systems, static and dynamic analysis, testing of complex software systems.

  • Elaine Weyuker, AT&T
    Elaine Weyuker is an AT&T Fellow doing software engineering research at AT&T Labs. Prior to moving to AT&T she was a professor of computer science at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Her research interests currently focus on software fault prediction, software testing, and software metrics and measurement. In an earlier life, Elaine did research in Theory of Computation and is the co-author of a book "Computability, Complexity,and Languages" with Martin Davis and Ron Sigal.
    Elaine is the recipient of the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award and 2007 ACM/SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award. She is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM Fellow and has received IEEE's Harlan Mills Award for outstanding software engineering research, Rutgers University 50th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award, and the AT&T Chairman's Diversity Award as well has having been named a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA. She is the chair of the ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing.


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