Issue No. 05 - September/October (2006 vol. 23)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MDT.2006.119
Anne Gattiker , IBM Austin Research Lab
The 2006 International Test Conference theme encourages us to consider ways for "getting more out of test." How about getting more out of the International Test Conference? Technical paper sessions are the heart and soul of ITC—and there's something there for everyone, from classic microprocessor and ATE sessions to delay, test compression, test power, and more. But there are plenty of ways to get more out of ITC.
We've changed the structure of ITC and Test Week (22–27 October) for this year's new site, Silicon Valley. The new format offers some great opportunities. First, be sure to arrive in time for Monday's test Q&A panel (23 October), starting at 4:45 p.m. Come hear the experts discuss diverse test topics unrehearsed. Remind yourself that even the experts don't have all the answers; there's still plenty to debate on every topic.
Get up the next morning to attend the Tuesday plenary, which starts at 9:30 a.m. The plenary kicks off a day specially organized to include material for those who manage test. Don't miss Tuesday afternoon's executive test panel, which boasts an impressive array of participants sharing unique perspectives on the cost of quality. Watch the users of silicon debate the providers, and find out their views on how we can get more out of test. Afterward, enjoy the welcome reception, where you can meet friends and colleagues and find out which panelists' perspectives they plan to take home with them.
Be sure to schedule enough time to visit the exhibit floor. How else can you improve your standing with your children by bringing home all sorts of nifty gadgets and at the same time find out about the latest offerings from the key vendors in test-related fields? Don't forget the free lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the exhibit floor. If the line looks long, grab a few colleagues and discuss the latest developments you've heard. Afterward, take advantage of an opportunity to hear industry authorities address your favorite topic and mine—test, of course—at each day's invited address, conveniently located adjacent to the exhibit hall.
ITC has only one regular panel slot this year, so be sure not to miss it—and don't forget the wine-and-cheese party afterward. In addition to these treats, we have our usual outstanding set of papers, so you can learn what advances are on the way. We also have an interesting lecture series, providing you with information that you can take back to work to use right away.
This year marks ITC's first visit to Silicon Valley. For those who work in the area, this is the easiest ITC to attend yet. Getting to the Santa Clara Convention Center might be a shorter commute than going to work—and parking is free.
I look forward to seeing you at ITC. Let's learn some, do some business, have some laughs, and get inspired to get more out of test. You can find out all about ITC and Test Week at http://itctestweek.org.
Anne Gattiker is a research staff member at IBM Austin Research Lab. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org