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The International Conference on Software Engineering is the premier software engineering conference, where researchers, practitioners and educators present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in the field of software engineering. The conference comprises different workshops, tutorials, scientific paper sessions and demos, all covering different aspect of SE, such as research or education.


Prof. Schäfer at ICSE 2008 conference opening

Prof. Schäfer, ICSE 2008 General Chair, at the conference opening


One of the special sessions worth mentioning was celebration of 40 Years of Software Engineering, which was organized in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the landmark NATO Workshop on Software Engineering, held in Garmisch, Germany in 1968 where the term software engineering was coined. Some of the key people from Garmish workshop participated here: Peter Naur, Brian Randell, M. Douglas McIlroy, Albert Endres, Luigi Dadda.


The most important event of ICSE conference for Kisek project was the one-day workshop titled Software Engineering in East and South Europe (SEESE), organized and chaired by Ivica Crnković (Mälardalen University, Sweden, Kisek EU participant) and Jerzy Nawrocki (Poznan University, Poland).


East and South European countries are going through a process of intensive changes and ICT plays an important role in supporting these changes. Most of the East and South European countries have a tradition of high quality education, in particular in natural and traditional technical sciences and thus have a good potential to take the new challenges. Today there is a strong need for advances in excellence in software engineering (SE), which is crucial for support of intensive software development.


The aim of this workshop was to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the strategic issues concerning SE development, research and education in East and South Europe.The current state, including problems, challenges and opportunities was presented and discussed at the workshop. In particular, opportunities for international cooperation have been considered.


The workshop participants had the opportunity to attend two keynote speeches, both from Kisek project participants. The first keynote speaker was prof. Wilhelm Schäfer from Paderborn University, Germany, who was also the General Chair of the whole ICSE 2008 conference. Prof. Schäfer gave a brief overview of the structure of software engineering curricula at Paderborn University, and explained the importance of the influence of German automotive industry to drive software engineering education in Germany. The same leitmotif was exhibited during the entire ICSE 08 conference - guest speakers with mixed industrial and academic background explained the importance of this link.

The second keynote speaker was doc. dr. Darko Huljenić from Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia, who gave an overview of his experiences in Ericsson Nikola Tesla as one of the leading SE companies in Croatia, wth respect to Croatian, as well as global market.

Keynote speakers: prof. Wilhelm Schäfer and doc. Darko Huljenić


During the workshop, Kisek partners from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia, have presented the research paper Enhancing software engineering education - a creative approach. The paper, written by Mario Žagar, Ivana Bosnić and Marin Orlić describes the joint course Distributed Software Development, which is successfully taking place in the virtual distributed environment, together at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and Mälardalen University, Sweden. This project-based course enables students from different countries to work in teams together and learn-by-doing how the software engineering project process works. Special attention in the course is dedicated to improving students' soft-skills, such as communicating, presenting, working in teams or handling cultural differences.
Presentation of the paper by Ivana Bosnić


This course proves that the international cooperation in higher education is not only possible, but highly valuable and recommended. As improving the links for internation education cooperation, as well as better coherence between universities and industry in Croatia is one of the Kisek project goals, this conference offered the exchange of thoughts and ideas, between project partners and broader environment.



 "Unofficial" meeting of Kisek project partners