World leading computer scientists are gathered in Västerås

Sep 16, 2014 | Research/Cooperation

On September 14 to 19 Västerås i the host city for the International Conference ASE2014, organized by Mälardalen University (MDH). More than 250 participants from academia and industry gather to take part of the most recent research in software engineering.

ASE stands for Automated software engineering and is an annual international conference on automated software engineering, a research field where MDH is internationally prominent. This year's event held at the Aros Congress Center in Västerås, and last year it took place in Palo Alto, California. 
- We are very proud to host ASE2014. It is the 29th time the conference is held, but it has never been in Sweden. It's a competition who gets to organize it and we won over both London and Beijing, says Ivica Crnkovic, professor of industrial software engineering at MDH. 
ASE2014 is the second time in a short time that MDH attract world-leading researchers in computer science, and the conference offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between scientists around the world, and between academia and industry. 
- We have been working to prepare the conference for two years and it's exciting that it's finally time. For researchers and graduate students at MDH, as well as industrial partner in the region, ASE2014 is an excellent opportunity to update themselves on what is in the forefront of research - and, of course, to interact and network with experts from around the world. For MDH, as well as for the City of Västerås and businesses in the region, the conference is an opportunity to present itself to the international research community in computer science, says Malin Rosqvist project manager together with Ivica Crnkovic. 
Software development is all about finding a systematic, disciplined and quantifiable way of developing, using and maintaining software, ie a computer program. Now, research is in automating parts of the development, for example, a new program to generate and implement the test by itself while the developer creates it. The goal is to make the work more efficiently and produce higher-quality programs. Meanwhile, the work must be done in a safe manner and retaining control - the computers themselves may not take any decision.