13th LASER Summer School on Software Engineering

Software for Robotics

September 10-18, 2016 - Elba Island, Italy

Read the proceedings of previous LASER schools
LASER proceedings 2013/2014 LASER proceedings 2011 LASER proceedings 2008-2010 LASER proceedings 2007/2008

Joydeep Biswas (University of Massachussetts)
Davide Brugali (University of Bergamo)
Nenad Medvidovic (University of Southern California)
Bertrand Meyer (Politecnico di Milano)
Issa Nesnas (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Richard Vaughan (Simon Fraser University)

Welcome to LASER 2016!


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.

Topics and speakers

  • Joydeep Biswas, University of Massachussetts
     on Development, debugging, and maintenance of deployed robots

  • Davide Brugali, University of Bergamo
     on Managing software variability in robotic control systems

  • Nenad Medvidovic, University of Southern California
     on Software Architectures of Robotics Systems

  • Bertrand Meyer, Politecnico di Milano
     on Concurrent Object-Oriented Robotics Software: Concepts, Framework and Applications

  • Issa Nesnas, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
     on Experiences from robotic software development for research and planetary flight robots

  • Richard Vaughan, Simon Fraser University


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:

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Chair of Software Engineering - ETH Zurich