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Vice President of the IEEE Reliability Society &
Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas

Software is essential to applications critical to our everyday lives, including those in transportation, communications, finance, medicine, nuclear power generation, and aeronautics. A failure of these systems will not only cause inconvenience, but may also introduce severe consequences such as property damage, injury, and even human casualty, so it is imperative that we ensure their reliable and trustworthy operation. On the other hand, the increasing complexity of such systems and the continuous pressure to develop them in a more cost-effective way makes our task extremely challenging. A comprehensive solution to these problems consists of technology development and transfer, standards establishment and application, case studies, automation and empirical evaluation, and tool support. In response to this challenge, RS has created a tutorial certificate program funded by the IEEE Future Direction Committee, training the U.S. workforce for competence on selected topics that are essential to success.

The certificate program covers topics such as an introduction to software reliability concepts and analysis techniques, their applications across the software development lifecycle, review of the limits, pros, and cons of different models and tools, solutions to reliability underestimates or overestimates, and use of techniques such as failure modes, effects and criticality. The emphasis will be on both fundamental and advanced topics related to the application of software reliability to help practitioners produce more reliable and trustworthy software in a cost-effective way.

The program requires attending three classes at selected conferences sponsored by RS. Timeliness of the material requires that the training be completed within two years of the first class. Upon completion, each participant will receive an IEEE RS certificate as well as a letter explaining all the classes attended.

Six tutorials have been organized:

  • The first tutorial was on October 2 and 3 at QSIC 2014
    (The 14th International Conference on Quality Software) in Dallas, Texas

  • The second tutorial was on November 3 and 4 at ISSRE 2014
    (The 25th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering)
    in Naples, Italy

  • The third tutorial was on December 19, 2014 at Beihang University, Beijing, China

  • The fourth tutorial was on November 20, 2015 at University of Texas at Dallas, USA

  • The fifth tutorial was on October 19 at PHM-Chengdu 2016
    (2016 Prognostics and System Health Management Conference)
    in Chengdu, China

  • The sixth tutorial was on October 23 at ISSRE 2016
    (The 27th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering)
    in Ottawa, Canada

PowerPoint slides for the tutorial at 2016 Prognostics and System Health Management Conference, Chengdu, China, October 19, 2016

PowerPoint slides and videos for the tutorial at University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA, November 20, 2015

PowerPoint slides and videos for the tutorial at Beihang University, Beijing, China, December 19, 2014

PowerPoint slides and videos for the tutorial at QSIC, Dallas, Texas, October 2-3, 2014