Our work covers most areas of software engineering, with Eiffel and Design by Contract as the unifying thread. Main topics:
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.
Software engineering for robotics.
The Chair of Software Engineering is a fantastic team with 16 PhD theses completed since 2004 and three more planned for this year.
The ETH introductory programming course, taught in English 2003-2009, German since 2010, uses an inverted curriculum approach supported by the Touch of Class textbook and a 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.
Since Fall 2013, will be offered again in 2014: 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. of 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). Professor (adjunct) & head of Software Engineering Laboratory at ITMO, Saint Petersburg, 2011-2014.
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; ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.
Memberships: Académie des Technologies, Academia Europaea, IFIP WG2.3, ACM Europe Council. Earlier: IFIP TC2 (Switzerland representative 2004-2011, chair of committee 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 (publisher 2002-2010); Informatics Europe (first president 2006-2011, board member 2006-2013, currently chair of nominating committee).