ESEC/FSE 2015 in Bergamo, Italy

The 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering was held in Bergamo, Italy this year. I had an opportunity to visit the conference, as the article The Social Developer — Now, Then, and Tomorrow by Terhi Kilamo, me (Marko Leppänen) and Tommi Mikkonen was accepted to co-located workshop SSE’15.

SSE stands for Social Software Engineering and this was the 7th time the workshop was organized. One of the organizers might be familiar to some of our readers, as Imed Hammouda was the other chair of the workshop. He sent his hearty greetings to all his friends here at Tampere.

As the name suggests, the workshop is a bit different from more technically-oriented conferences as it focuses on the social side of software engineering and social computing. For example, our paper focused on the change of the communication patterns in software development through the different eras of software engineering, namely waterfall, Agile and DevOps.

Prof. Paolo Ciancarini on estimating the intangibles

Prof. Paolo Ciancarini on estimating the intangibles

The themes of the day were Social developer and Social factors in software development. The first session covered a wide range of topics from communication to sentiments and ethics. The second track focused more on taking into account of the social and emotional motivations of a software engineer. In addition, Prof. Paolo Ciancarini from Univ. of Bologna gave a keynote speech on estimating social performances and the day was closed with a panel discussion on pros and cons of crowdsourcing software development resources.

The Bergamo Alps seen from the city.

The Bergamo Alps seen from the city.

Regarding the venue, Bergamo has a population of about 120,000 and is a city filled with history. It’s been built on an ancient celtic settlement, been a roman muncipality, conquered by Charlemagne and been part of the Venetian Republic. Unfortunetely, I stayed in the city for two nights only, so I had only a little time to check out the neighbourhood.


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