Sir David King to Deliver Keynote at ICSE

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 March, 2010 – Professor Sir David King, director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, will be among the list of luminaries scheduled to deliver keynote speeches at ICSE: The International Conference on Software Engineering, set for 2-8 May, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa.

King is scheduled to deliver his address from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, 8 May. As director of the UK government's Foresight Program, King created an in-depth horizon-scanning process that advised the government on long-term issues, from flooding to obesity. He also chaired the government's Global Science and Innovation Forum from its inception and was involved in the Government's Science and Innovation Strategy 2004-2014. King continues as director of research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and is currently president of the British Science Association.

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Professor Fred B. Schneider, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University; and author and former Anglo American Corp. CEO Clem Sunter; will also deliver keynote speeches at ICSE.

Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, is one of South Africa's most famous sons. The recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, and author of the book "Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology," the South African cleric and activist rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Schneider will keynote on “Beyond Hacking: An SOS!” Schneider also serves as chief scientist for the NSF "TRUST" Science and Technology Center, and has been professor-at-large at the University of Tromso (Norway) since 1996. He is a member of the Computing Research Association board and the council of the Computing Community Consortium. He serves on the US congressionally mandated Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, as well as several other federal advisory boards, and he also co-chairs Microsoft's TCAAB advisory board on trustworthy computing.

Sunter was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as a speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa. Sunter is former chairman and CEO of Anglo American Corp., once the world’s largest gold producer, and the author of 14 books.

The 35-year-old ICSE is a joint initiative of the IEEE Computer Society and ACM, with the Computer Society South Africa (CSSA) accredited as the local host.

ICSE 2010 will feature an extensive conference programme, with 18 technical tutorials, 24 workshops, a program of demonstrations, an exhibition, and social functions. More than 450 international delegates are registered. For more information, visit http://www.sbs.co.za/ICSE2010/index.html.

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The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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