Chair of Software Engineering

Bertrand Meyer


Professor of Software Engineering (emeritus), ETH Zurich: Chair of Software Engineering.
Chief Technology Officer, Eiffel Software.
Provost and Professor of Software Engineering at Schaffhausen Institute of Technology; associated positions at Politecnico di Milano and University of Toulouse. Blogger on software engineering & other topics. Director of annual LASER software engineering summer school, since 2004 (next session: September 2020, Elba Island, Italy, see the school's page).

Latest book: Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly (Amazon page), a presentation and unabashed critique of agile methods. Some previous books: Touch of Class: Learning to Program Well, Using Objects & Contracts (derived from the introductory programming course at ETH, we have also produced several MOOCs on its basis, in particular one for EdX ;Object-Oriented Software Construction second edition.

Maintainer of gallery of computer scientists.



See the chair's research pages, and personal annotated list of publications: by date or by kind.

Our work covers most areas of software engineering, with Eiffel and Design by Contract as the unifying thread. Main topics:

    +Concurrent programming: building concurrent applications simply & safely through the SCOOP extension to Eiffel. Our concurrency research is supported by an Advanced Investigator Grant of the ERC (2.5 M Euros, 2012-2017).

    + Program verification:on the basis of Eiffel's Design by Contract and the EiffelStudio IDE, buiding an environment allowing "Verification As a Matter Of Course".

    + Tool & method support for distributed development (CloudStudio project).

    + Programming education: novel pedagogical approaches.

    + Languages & methodology: new programming language constructs, software process, agile methods.

    + Empirical software engineering.

    + O-O persistence.

    + Software engineering for robotics.

PhD theses supervised:24 completed since 2004.



The ETH introductory programming course, taught in English 2003-2009, in German 2010-2015, and at Innopolis University 2015-2018, uses an inverted curriculum approach supported by the Touch of Class textbook and a MOOC (open online version).

The course project in the Distributed Software Engineering Laboratory brings together students from ETH and universities around the world, who build a system collaboratively. We welcome universities interested in joining.

Multidisciplinary Robotics Programming Laboratory, open to CS, EE & ME students.

Other graduate & undergraduate courses: Software Verification; Concepts of Concurrent Computation; programming language courses (Eiffel in Depth, Java & C# in Depth); Software Architecture; Open-Source EiffelStudio Laboratory; independent-research courses. See course page.



Education:École Polytechnique, Paris; Stanford (MS in CS); ENST Paris; DEA Univ. P & M Curie (Paris VI); MA in Russian from Sorbonne (Paris IV); Dr. Sc. from Univ. of Nancy.

CV: Électricité de France 1974-1983; Univ. of California Santa Barbara 1983-1985; Eiffel Software, Santa Barbara since 1985 (president until 2001, then CTO); ETH Zurich since Oct. 2001 (department chair 2004-2006).

Other positions: CEO of Société des Outils du Logiciel 1986-1990; adjunct professor, Monash Univ., Melbourne 1998-2003; chairman of TOOLS conferences 1988-2012. (After 50 conferences we declared The Triumph of Objects and closed the series — until asked to start it again as TOOLS 50+1 at Innopolis, and further sessions forthcoming). Professor (adjunct) & head of Software Engineering Laboratory at ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, 2011-2014 and Innopolis University, Kazan, 2014-2019.

Awards:honorary doctorates from University of York (UK) and ITMO (Russia);Jolt Award (for Object-Oriented Software Construction); Dahl-Nygaard prize;ACM Software System Award; ACM Fellow; IEEE Harlan D. Mills Award; SIGSOFT Outstanding (software engineering) Educator Award; IFIP Silver Core award; ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.
Trivia:Citeseer lists Object-Oriented Software Construction as the 65th most cited publication in computer science;Reusability: The Case for Object-Oriented Design appears in the list of the most influential papers published by IEEE Software in 25 years.

Memberships: Académie des Technologies, Academia Europaea, IFIP WG2.3,ACM Europe Council, IEEE Mills prize (committee chair since 2014), ACM Fellows Committee.Earlier: IFIP TC2 (Switzerland representative 2004-2011, committee chair 2009-2011); board of IMAG, Grenoble 2005-2008; scientific board of U. Paris VI (P & M Curie) 2008-2012; IEEE 60th Anniversary Award committee; ACM nominating committee 2007-2008. Played important role in creation of: Colloque de Génie Logiciel (French software engineering conference); European Software Engineering Conference (first steering committee chair 1987-1990, general chair of ESEC/FSE 2013); TSI (Technology and Science of Informatics, first editor-in-chief); Journal of Object Technology (founding publisher 2002-2010, currently on steering board); Informatics Europe (first president 2006-2011, board member 2006-2013, chair of nominating committee 2014-2016).



Mailing address

Prof. Dr. Bertrand Meyer
Chair of Software EngineeringCAB E88CH-8092 ETH-Zentrum
Zürich, Switzerland

Physical address

CAB-Gebäude, Raum E88
Universitaetstrasse 6
Zürich (Kreis 6)


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