Alexander Egyed

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Egyed M. Sc. (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)

Presentation: Effectively Using and Reusing Engineering Knowledge in a Collaborative Engineering Environment

Abstract: Conventional wisdom suggests that better engineering tools lead to better engineered systems. Yet, despite an impressive and growing computer-supported tool landscape, engineering remains complex and hard to control. A problem we observe is that most existing tools cater to the needs of individual engineers and not the needs of collaborating engineering teams. These tools divide rather than unite because engineers only ever perceive the engineering process through the limited perspective of the (few) tools they are using – often focusing on separate kinds of artifacts, tasks, and engineering disciplines. Consequently, engineers find it hard to maintain a consistent, overall view of the engineering knowledge or propagate changes across tools and disciplines. Moreover, engineers find it hard to use and reuse engineering knowledge if any given engineer understands a part of the big picture only.

Biography: Alexander Egyed is Vice Rector for Research and Full Professor at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria.He received his Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, USA, then worked in industry for seven years before joining the University College London, UK and then the JKU. Dr. Egyed’s work has been published at over a 150 refereed scientific books, journals, conferences, and workshops, with over 5000 citations to date. He was recognized as a Top 1% scholar in software engineering in the Communications of the ACM, Springer Scientometrics, and Microsoft Academic Search. He was also named an IBM Research Faculty Fellow in recognition to his contributions to consistency checking, received a Recognition of Service Award from the ACM, Best Paper Awards from ICSME, ECSA, COMPSAC and WICSA, and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the USC. He served on scientific panels and countless program committees, and has served as program (co-) chair, steering committee member, and editorial board member. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM.