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Software Solutions Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Software Solutions Conference Keynote Speakers Announced
September 15, 2015 • Press Release

Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 15, 2015—The Software Solutions Conference 2015, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), today announced its slate of compelling and informative keynote addresses from distinguished experts in government and academia. The conference will be held November 16-18 in Arlington, Va.

Presentations will feature:

  • David Duma, Principal Deputy Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Duma’s keynote will address the importance of early user involvement in a software program’s lifecycle; the application of scientific test processes, tools and techniques to evaluate systems in complex environments; the value of automated software testing throughout a program’s lifecycle; and the imperative that cybersecurity be “baked in” from the start during the software design process.
  • Arun Seraphin, Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee. Dr. Seraphin will discuss how congressional policy makers hope to improve acquisition of software-reliant systems.
  • Philip Koopman, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Koopman, an expert in autonomous-vehicle safety, will outline key events in the still-ongoing Toyota unintended-acceleration case, for which he served as an expert witness. “The results,” says Koopman, “paint a picture that should inform not only future designers of safety-critical software for automobiles, but also all computer-based system designers.”
  • Tim Rudolph, Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Dr. Rudolph will explore ways of achieving assurance while keeping the desired pace of releasing new capabilities to the field.
  • Kevin Fall, Chief Technology Officer, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Dr. Fall will present the SEI research portfolio.

The Software Solutions Conference will take place at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington. The purpose of the conference is to increase awareness of emerging technologies and technical strategies for assuring quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability in software-reliant systems. The focus of the conference is on practical information for addressing challenges in developing, acquiring, and sustaining software-reliant systems.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the conference will feature a full array of tutorials, presentations, and panel discussions. The full conference schedule, venue information, and information about how to register can be found at

Half-day tutorials on November 16 and the full conference on November 17-18 are affordably priced.


  • $95 per tutorial, government rate
  • $175 per tutorial, small-business rate
  • $225 per tutorial, standard rate


  • $195 government
  • $400 small business
  • $550 standard rate

For full information about discounted rates and to register, see

About the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to make measurable improvements in their software engineering and cybersecurity capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering and security. For more information, visit the SEI website at

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