September 17-20, 2012
Rod Chapman is a principal engineer at Altran Praxis, specializing in many aspects of high-integrity systems development. He has made significant contributions to the Correctness by Construction approach, and is currently the technical authority for the SPARK Product Group at Praxis.
Dr. Chapman is a regularly invited speaker at international conferences and is widely recognized as a leading authority on high-integrity software development, programming language design, and software verification tools. In 2006, Chapman was invited (at the age of just 37) to become a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
More recently, he has turned his attention to software process, working on merging the discipline of traditional high-integrity process with more agile approaches such as XP, and the philosophy of the Lean Engineering movement. As part of this work, Chapman is leading the roll-out of the PSP within the Altran Praxis.
In 2011, Chapman was the joint recipient of the first Microsoft Research Verified Software Milestone Award for his contribution to the Tokeneer project.
Fernando Jaimes Pastrana has devoted his career to developing educational projects at Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he is currently a fellow. He believes that high quality education will have a major impact on the development of Mexico.
Dr. Jaimes has served various roles at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM): director of the Computer Centre; CIO, director of the Graduate Division of Research; director of the School of Electronics, Computer, Information and Communications; director of Research at the ITESM System; vice president for Research and Innovation of the ITESM System; and dean of Information Technologies and Electronics of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus.
Jaimes has had a significant impact on the development of ITESM. Among his contributions are the conceptualization and creation of the Graduate and Research Division (DGI) in 1985. It was a turning point in the transformation of the Tecnológico de Monterrey from a teaching institution to a teaching and research institution. In 2001 he proposed the model of research chairs to accelerate and strengthen this transformation, which continues to be the working model.
In 1997 he proposed that the graduate programs and research centers be incorporated to the traditional disciplinary divisions at ITESM. Jaimes also created the new academic Division of Electronics, Computing, Information and Communications (DECIC), integrating areas that were in different schools.
In his work, Jaimes focuses on the search for convergences of discipline, talent, knowledge, and people. This led to a new concept in 2004: the profession of information technology and electronics.
In the past five years, Jaimes has spent most of his time on the Mexican TSP Initiative to transform the software industry to the highest level of quality internationally.
In addition to his educational activities, Jaimes has been a consultant to several businesses, government entities, and universities. He has also been an active participant in professional activities through the formation of local professional society chapters and serving as their founding chair.
Jaimes earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the ITESM and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Purdue, Indiana.
Girish Seshagiri is CEO of AIS, a winner of the IEEE Software Process Achievement Award. AIS is one of the very few organizations in the United States whose software process capability is assessed at CMMI Maturity Level 5. AIS is among the earliest adopters of the Team Software Process and the Personal Software Process.
Seshagiri has addressed SEPG Conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He served as the chairman of the TSP User Group from 2003 to2005. Seshagiri is a co-founder of Software Process Improvement Networks (SPINs) in Chicago, Heartland, South Carolina, and Chennai.
Seshagiri served on the IEEE Software Industrial Advisory Board from 2000 to– 2006. He has a Master of Science in Business Administration from Michigan State University.