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Wednesday, June 28

7:30AM-5:00PM Registration
Welcome by Ralph Crafts, Conference Chair /First door prize!

Keynote presentation: "Software Solutions for the Millennia" Doug Jerger, Vice-President, Information Technology Association of America

As the 1990s draw to a close, software is clearly the "lifeblood" of globally competitive industries and national economies. There is no segment of industry or government that is not wholly dependent on software for its very existence and prosperity. Modern software systems are incredibly complex, large in size, and more critical than at any time in history. The insatiable demand for software has resulted in a constant state of chaos throughout the software community. In this chaotic environment, it is difficult to choose a viable path for moving businesses and organizations forward. Mr. Jerger will present his views and positions regarding the key software solutions that will be required as the global software community moves into the next century.
10:00AM-10:30AM Break
10:30AM-12:00PM Panel session: "Software Engineering Professionalism"
Moderator: Robert Melford, Co-Chair, IEEE/ACM Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices

The task forced chaired by Dr. Melford has formed eight working groups to document and codify standards of ethical and professional practices for software engineers. These standards are intended to document the consensus of the global software engineering community. This panel of key working group chairs will explore such critical issues as professional competence, professional relationships, privacy, and reliability and safety.
10:30AM-12:00PM Luncheon

Speaker: John Marciniak, President, National Software Council

The National Software Council is a national-level organization that focuses on software from a variety of perspectives as a critical resource and economic force. The NSC was conceived as a response to the growing need to collectively address software issues of national importance. Mr. Marciniak will discuss the need for the NSC, the organizational concept, the mechanisms that the NSC will employ and the status of the initiative, including the organization of a Software Summit.
1:30PM-3:00PM Experience session: "The Impact of Programming Language on Commercial Product Development" John Malcolmson, JOEL
As software development methods and powerful software tools continue to pervade the software marketplace, there is a common belief that programming languages are irrelevant to the attainment of business objectives. Mr. Malcolmson will present a first-hand perspective on how a well-designed and engineered programming language can provide significant benefits in reducing time-to-market of a major, sophisticated commercial product. JOEL’s use of the Ada language has had a direct effect on productivity, support, modifications, error correction, and return on investment for the design, production, and support of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) products.
Experience session: "Leveraging Reusable Software for Real-Time Monitoring and Control Systems" Keith Shillington, TANO Automation
TANO Automation of New Orleans builds monitoring and control consoles for shipboard cargo and engine room applications. Requiring a combination of digital and analog instrumentation, the TANO systems are heavily dependent on high-quality, reuable software. This presentation will focus on the benefits a small programming team can derive from using sound software standards.such as Ada.
3:00PM-3:30PM Break
3:30PM-5:00PM Experience session: "Software Architecture in Ada for GPS" Dr. Bruce Krell, expert in software engineering and noted author
This presentation discusses an ongoing internal research and development project to place an embedded global positioning system (GPS) receiver on a Trident missile. Major topics will include a summary of the alogrithm, ths software methodology being used, and the Ada architecture being implemented. The talk will also include discussion of the reusability of the architecture and algorithms for commercial applications and an assessment of the utility of the new features of Ada 95 to the implementation.
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