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International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2009

Pictured with Keynote Speaker at ICGSE 2009 was Ita Richardson, General Chair and Brian Fitzgerald, VPR

International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2009 to focus on the Global Environment

The globalization of software development is pervasive in today's IT and software industry. The diversity of culture and communication and the dispersion over time and space require novel techniques, tools, and practices from many disciplines to overcome numerous difficulties and to take advantage of rare opportunities such environments entail. Hosted by Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, the 4th International Conference on Global Software Engineering will run from the 13th - 16th July and  will bring together researchers and practitioners interested in exploring how globally distributed teams work and how challenges affecting them can be met. Key note speakers will represent those from academia, technology and industry including Dr. Michael Heiss from Siemens, Dr. Dieter Rombach, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and Dr. Michael Roche from IBM.  The conference will be officially opened at a reception on the 13th July by Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Vice President Research at the University of Limerick. 

General chair for the conference is Dr. Ita Richardson, a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the University of Limerick, and Research Area Leader for Process, Practice and Methods within Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.  Dr. Richardson has researched Global Software Engineering Practices for many years, and speaks regularly at industry events, "for the continued growth of the Irish Software sector in today's global economy, companies need to improve their efficiency and profitability.  To do so, many of them are developing software in a global environment.  When global software development is instigated, it can give many benefits to companies.  However, with this can also come many challenges.  At the International Conference on Global Software Engineering this year, researchers and industry practitioners will discuss how to overcome these challenges, which include the difficulties of communication across time zones, project managing people whom you have never met, implementation of efficient global software processes and ensuring software is developed in a timely manner." said Dr Richardson, giving an outline of what can be expected at the event.   

The main conference will be preceded by a full day of tutorials and workshops, where specific issues such as risk management, knowledge engineering, implementing global software development in Ireland and selecting suppliers for global software development will be discussed. There will also be an opportunity to discuss solutions with researchers and practitioners. "This is the premier conference on Global Software Engineering internationally, and we are delighted to be hosting it at the University of Limerick.  We hope that those working in the Irish Software Industry will take the opportunity to attend so that they can take advantage of internationally renowned research and relevant industry experience". Dr. Richardson continued. 

This conference is sponsored by IEEE, Lero, InfoSys and Science Foundation Ireland, and is the fourth conference of the series.  Previous conferences were held in Brazil, Germany and India.   Further information is available at 

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