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Distinguished Speaker Series Winter/Spring 2010

Nenad Medvidovic

Nenad Medvidovic

Director, Center for Systems and Software Engineering
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California


Software Architecture and Mobility:

A Perfect Marriage or An Uneasy Alliance?

February 26, 2010

Refreshments and Networking: 1:30 - 2:00
Presentation: 2:00 - 3:30

Faculty Host: Prof. Richard N. Taylor, ISR


RSVP: Email RSVP required to Kiana Fallah by Monday February 22.

Location: Donald Bren Hall (building #314), room 6011

Cost: No cost to attend.

Directions and parking information
are available.


Abstract: Developments in the area of software architecture over the past decade have pushed architecture to the forefront of a number of critical software engineering activities: modeling, design, analysis, simulation, implementation, deployment, and evolution. Architecture is advocated as an effective conceptual tool for addressing the many challenges of developing large, complex, distributed systems. Largely in parallel to these developments, significant advances have also been made in the domain of mobile computing. Many mobile systems are also large, complex, and distributed, yet a majority of the advances in this domain appear not to have resulted from an explicit software architectural focus. Despite this, I posit that architecture offers clear benefits in this domain. In support of this argument, I will overview the state-of-the-art in the area of mobile computing, with a specific focus on the role software architecture should and actually does play in this domain. I will highlight the characteristics of software architectures as well as specific architecture-based approaches that make them particularly suitable to developing mobile systems. I will then present a comprehensive framework targeted at architecture-based system deployment and mobility.


About the Speaker: Nenad Medvidovic is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He is the Director of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE) and a faculty associate of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. Medvidovic is the Program Co-Chair of the 2011 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2011), to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 21-28, 2011. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Medvidovic received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine. He also received an M.S. in Information and Computer Science in 1995 from UC Irvine, and a B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude in 1992 from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Medvidovic is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER (2000) and ITR (2003) awards, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2005), and the IBM Real-Time Innovation Award (2007). He is a co-author of the ICSE 1998 paper titled "Architecture-Based Runtime Software Evolution", which was recently named that conference's Most Influential Paper. His paper "A Classification and Comparison Framework for Software Architecture Description Languages" was recognized by the Elsevier Information and Software Technology Journal as the most cited journal article in software engineering published in 2000. Medvidovic's research interests are in the area of architecture-based software development. His work focuses on software architecture modeling and analysis; middleware facilities for architectural implementation; domain-specific architectures; architectural styles; and architecture-level support for software development in highly distributed, mobile, resource constrained, and embedded computing environments. He is a co-author of a new textbook on software architectures. He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGSOFT, and IEEE Computer Society.