Chair of Software Engineering


Bertrand Meyer's inaugural lecture

Zurich, 18 November 2002


 Time and place

Monday, 18 November 2002, 17:15
Auditorium Maximum of ETH Zurich
ETH Main Building
Rämistrasse 101, Zurich


  Clear Objects of Desire



This survey lecture, intended for a broad audience, will go over the marvels and limits of software engineering, describing the challenges we face in this unprecedented field.

It will present how the ideas of the Eiffel method, in particular "Design by Contract", provide some of the intellectual tools necessary for mastering the complexity of the problems that modern software systems must solve.

It will discuss the application of these ideas to teaching, and explore some of the unique characteristics of software and software engineering.



Bertrand Meyer has been Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) since October of 2001. He is the founder of Eiffel Software in Santa Barbara (California) and the author of a number of books on diverse software topics.

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