The State of ICSE 2019

May 2019

Dear ICSE community members,

In this state of the conference I want to share a short reflection about my four years as steering committee chair, some highlights of the upcoming ICSE operational guidelines, and a quick update on the next ICSEs.

Reflection of four years as Steering Committee Chair. It has been a pleasure to serve our community for the last four years. I am happy that we were able to:

Having one of the best seats to learn about ICSE's breadth, its depth, its complexities, and the passion of our community members for our conference, also made me realize many aspects where we still have significant work to do, such as:

As I describe these challenges, I want to take the opportunity to congratulate my successor, Laurie Williams, and wish her and the rest of the talented steering committee members the best of luck in addressing these pressing issues.

Highlights of Revised MOU. ICSE had been operating under an expired and dated memorandum of understanding with ACM and IEEE that defines the responsibilities and rights of all ICSE stakeholders. The ICSE Steering Committee appointed a task-force led by Antonella Bertolino to undertake revisions to this memorandum. Although the process is still ongoing, let me highlight a few points that are already solidifying:

The next 5 ICSEs. The conference at Gothenburg in 2018 had record attendance and a rich technical program. As usual, I was amazed by how many opportunities were packed during the ICSE week, how many colleagues and friends I had the chance to meet, and how fortunate we are to have such a community gathering every year. A big thanks to the organizing committee led by Ivica Crnkovic. Now about the next ICSEs:

I would to close by thanking the steering committee members for caring so much for our community, and a special thanks to David Rosenblum, Nenad Medvidovic, and Will Tracz for their advice and support in the last four years.

Looking forward to seeing you in Montreal!

Sebastian Elbaum
ICSE Steering Committee Chair
University of Virginia