This past Sunday and Monday I went to a meeting of the Consortium for Software Engineering Research (CSER). Popular topics there were empirical software engineering, research ethics, diagnostics, and models and visualization. There were a couple of talks from Peggy Storey and Ian Bull, from the University of Victoria’s Chisel Group, which has built some very cool tools for information visualization that I’ll talk about later. From our own group, Greg Wilson presented Dr Project as a tool to manage undergraduate software teams, which sparked an interesting discussion on student data collection for research. Aaand I presented one of the 22 student posters that graced the reception.
The rest of my week was for CASCON, a free conference put together by the Center for Advanced Studies at IBM. There I went to two social computing workshops – for me, the highlight of the first was Joey deVilla‘s refreshing no-powerpoint, democamp-style speech on “Failures 2.0” (“go out there and flop!”, he yelled); and I very much enjoyed the second workshop’s panel discussion between web 2.0 evangelists and some healthily skeptic audience members. The downside, however, is that I’m still numb from drinking so much web 2.0 kool-aid. My delicate brain must have heard the term (and its crazy Enterprise 2.0, Office 2.0, and Collaboration 2.0 variants) literally hundreds of times. Yuk.