Title: Search Based Software Engineering
Speaker: Prof. Mark Harman (University College London)
Time: 14:30, Friday, July 6th, 2012
Venue: Lecture Room, 3rd Floor, Building 5#, State Key Laboratory of Computer Science, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract: Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) has proved to be a very effective way of automating and optimising software engineering problems, ranging right across the spectrum of software engineering activities. It relies on fitness functions (which are often drawn from the software metrics literature) and it is inherently empirical. This talk will present an overview of SBSE, focusing on recent results in software testing and open problems and challenges.

Short Biography:
Mark Harman is professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, where he directs the CREST centre and is Head of Software Systems Engineering. He is widely known for work on source code analysis and testing and was instrumental in founding the field of Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE), the topic of this talk. SBSE research has rapidly grown over the past five years and now includes over 1000 authors, from nearly 300 institutions spread over more than 40 countries. A recent tutorial paper on SBSE can be found here: http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/mharman/laser.pdf