Dr. H. Dieter Rombach is a Full Professor in the Fachbereich Informatik (i.e., Department of Computer Science) at the Universit?t Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds a chair in software engineering, and is executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) which aims at shortening the time needed for transferring research technologies into industrial practice. His research interests are in software methodologies, modeling and measurement of the software process and resulting products, software reuse, and distributed systems. Results are documented in more than 120 publications in international journals and conference proceedings. He is co-author of the book entitled "A Handbook of Software and Systems Engineering: Empirical Observations, Laws and Theories" published by Addison Wesley, 2003.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Rombach held faculty positions with the Computer Science Department and UMIACS (University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies) at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland [1984-1991] and was a member of the SEL (Software Engineering Laboratory, a joint venture between NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the University of Maryland) [1986-1991].
He received his B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany, in 1975, his M.S. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Karlsruhe in 1978, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany, in 1984. In 1990 he received the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award (US$ 500,000.00) from the National Science Foundation, USA, in recognition of his research accomplishments in software engineering (especially for his NASA work). In 2000 he was awarded the Service Medal of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, for his accomplishments in software engineering research and his contributions to the economic development of the state through the establishment of a Fraunhofer institute.
Dr. Rombach heads several research projects funded by German Government, European Union and Industry. He currently is the lead principal of a federally funded project (ViSEK) aimed at building up a German repository of knowledge about innovative software engineering technologies. He consults for numerous companies on issues including quality improvement, software measurement, software reuse, process modeling and software technology in general, and he is an advisor to Federal and State Government on software issues. He frequently gives industrial executive seminars on software quality improvement, software measurement, software reuse, and process modeling. He was Co-Guest-Editor of two Special Issues in IEEE Software, on Software Quality Assurance in September 1987 and Measurement-Based Process Improvement in July 1994, respectively, and organized the International Workshop on Experimental Software Engineering Issues in Dagstuhl, Germany, September 1992. He served as General Chair of the 18th International Conference on Software Engineering in Berlin, 1996. He is an associate editor of the Kluwer Journal "Empirical Software Engineering" and serves on the editorial boards of numerous other journals and magazines. He is a member of GI and ACM, and a Senior Member of IEEE.
He will be the Program Co-Chair of ICSE2006 at Shanghai.