Martin Griss Chairs International Conference on Software Reuse-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, July 19, 2013

Martin Griss Chairs International Conference on Software Reuse

Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU-SV), recently returned from the 13th International Conference on Software Reuse in Italy, where he was general chair of the event.

Sponsored by the International Society for the Advancement of Software Education, the 2013 conference was held June 18-20 in Pisa. The program included workshops, demonstrations and tutorial sessions for software engineers, managers, researchers and academics from dozens of global organizations.

"I was honored to help lead this year's conference and reconnect with colleagues in the reuse community. The conference was energizing, and inspired considerable discussion with researchers from around the world," Griss said. "It is always a pleasure to represent Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and our innovative programs at these academic/industry meetings."

Systemic Software Reuse involves using carefully identified information and artifacts, often reengineered from existing systems, to improve the construction of new ones. Reuse is an important aspect of software engineering and system development; reusability can reduce development and maintenance costs of new applications, as well as improve quality and efficiency across the software lifecycle. The theme of this year's conferences was "Safe and Secure Reuse," highlighting the growing role of product line reuse in critical fields as diverse as medical systems, finance and even jet engines.

At the conference, Griss also moderated a panel to discuss "Software Reuse: is Research Delivering for Industry?" that stressed the important of agile and incremental approaches to reuse. Systematic reuse research at CMU-SV researches methods and technology to facilitate software reuse, particularly focused on the agile software development and model-driven systems engineering contexts. "Panels like this allow us to hear a variety of perspectives on how academia can make an impact on industrial practice," Griss said.

Griss, who will step down from his position as director of CMU-SV after the 2012-13 academic year, also serves as director of the campus' Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) and founded the CyLab Mobility Research Center.