Engineering Of Software The Continuing Contributions of Leon J.Osterweil

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         Software engineering research can trace its roots to a small number of highly influential individuals. Among that select group is Prof. Leon J. Osterweil, whose work has fundamentally defined or impacted major directions in software analysis, development tools and environments, and software process. His exceptional and sustained contributions to the field have been recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout his career. Software pervades our lives today, powering everything from PlayStations® to the Space Station. Entire governments and economies run on software. Businesses differentiate themselves by the quality of their software services. Students learn using software. Food and automobiles and pharmaceuticals are produced using software. Medical devices that give people with a myriad of conditions a new lease on life are powered by software. People collaborate, stay connected, and reap “the wisdom of crowds” using software. The Impact Project is just one example of the key and sustained leadership role in the software engineering community that Lee has played throughout his career. His outstanding research contributions have been recognized and honored with awards too numerous to list exhaustively. Lee is a Fellow of the ACM, and he has received the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award in recognition of his extensive and sustained research impact. His seminal paper on software process programming was awarded the Most Influential Paper of ICSE 1987, which recognizes it as the paper from that conference which had the most significant impact on the field over the decade that followed its publication.
Finally we would like to emphasize that the benefits of this work are not restricted to effecting improvements only in the application domains. Our work has also resulted in improvements to our process definition language and in our requirements engineering and analysis capabilities. Little-JIL’s semantic capabilities, for example, have been broadened and sharpened in response to needs that became manifest as we defined processes in the healthcare domain. Our understanding of the difficulty of defining resources and the ways in which processes specify needs for them was also sharpened considerably by our work on healthcare processes. This is leading to challenging new directions in resource specification and management . Other needs are continually being recognized, leading to a range of research challenges, most of which have direct relevance to software engineering.

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