Dietmar Pfahl, Associate Professor of University of Tartu, Estonia, Visited Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences

Date: November 1, 2013.

In the morning of November 1st, Dietmar Pfahl, the Associate Professor of the Software Engineering Group in the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, Estonia, visited the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and gave a lecture titled ¡°The Role of Empirical Studies in Software Engineering¡±.

The presentation gave a brief introduction into empirical research and discussed its importance for software engineering. Prof. Pfahl gave us three empirical studies methods: survey, experiment and case study, and elaborated the usage of each method. Recently published studies were used to illustrate how empirical research helps analyses the effectiveness and efficiency of software engineering tools and techniques, and how empirical studies contribute to the design of new techniques and tools and the development of supporting theories. Moreover, he explained the differences between Engineering and Science, Software Engineering and Other Engineering, as well as the relationship between laws and theories.

  

Dietmar Pfahl is an Associate Professor of the Software Engineering Group in the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor with the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. His research interests include software project management, software process improvement, software product management, software testing, and empirical software engineering. Dietmar has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and leading national and international research and transfer projects with software industry, including organizations such as Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, Drager, Ericsson, Siemens, and Telenor. He is a senior member of ACM and a member of IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.

Prof. Dietmar Pfahl established a close partnership with ISCAS since 2006. In the past few years, Dietmar visited ISCAS for many times. We organized SPW/ ProSim, ICSP and other international conferences together.

The Email of Prof. Dietmar Pfahl: dietmar.pfahl@ut.ee

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