2nd National Software Summit & Workshop Series

Press Release

For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
John Marciniak
Exec Director, Center for National Software Studies
(301) 218-5413

Dr. Alan B. Salisbury
President, Center for National Software Studies
(703) 319-2187


"Trustworthy Software," "The Software Industry," "The Software Workforce," and "Software R&D" Workshops to Feed National Software Agenda

Reston, Virginia, April 29, 2004 - The Center for National Software Studies (CNSS) announced today the successful completion of a series of four "framing-the-issue" workshops, the results of which will be reported to the participants of the upcoming Second National Software Summit (NSS2). "We tapped thoughtleaders from government, industry and academia to discuss the critical issues facing the software industry and deliver preliminary findings and recommendations for action. The work of these expert groups will provide a well-defined starting point for a national software agenda which will be developed in real time at the Summit," said Dr. Alan Salisbury, CNSS president and NSS2 General Chairman. "The final summit program reflects an all-star cast of speakers and participants who can truly elevate the software issue to the level of national attention that it deserves," concluded Salisbury.

With the theme, "Software: The Critical Infrastructure Within the Critical Infrastructures!" the NSS2 will convene in Washington, D.C., May 10-12 at the J.W. Marriott hotel. NSS2 will gather additional senior software and technology leaders from industry, academia and government to address growing concerns over the role of software and the software industry in our nation today.

As the theme of NSS2 indicates, software underpins virtually all of the nation's critical infrastructures, but policy on this critical part of the U.S. economy is ill-defined. Issues of major concern addressed by the workshops and the summit include the trustworthiness of software, the education and qualifications of the software workforce, the adequacy of current software research and development, the impacts of outsourcing and offshoring, and the competitiveness and stability of the nation's software industry.

NSS2 is being hosted by the Center for National Software Studies in cooperation with the Council on Competitiveness, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), the Software Productivity Consortium (SPC), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and the IEEE Reliability Society. Participating universities include George Mason University, Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, and the Naval Postgraduate School.

An exceptional group of speakers will participate in the summit, including:

  • Hon. Phillip Bond, Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology;
  • Deborah Wince-Smith, President of the Council on Competitiveness;
  • Amit Yoran, Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS);
  • Dr. Arthur Pyster, Deputy CIO of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);
  • Dr. Alan Merten, President of George Mason University;
  • John Chen, Chairman, CEO & President of Sybase, Inc.;
  • Dr. William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering;
  • Harris Miller, President of the ITAA;
  • Dr. Jeffrey Voas, Chief Scientist, Cigital;
  • Prof. Bill Scherlis, Carnegie Mellon University;
  • Dr. Jim Kane, CEO of the Software Productivity Consortium (SPC);
  • Dr. Susan Zevin, Director of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory;
  • Watts Humphrey, Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Fellow;
  • Sudhakar Shenoy, Chairman & CEO, IMC and Chairman, NVTC;
  • Dr. Alan Salisbury, President of the Center for National Software Studies;

NSS2 is open to interested individuals and organizations. Full details of the summit, including the agenda and registration information, are available at www.cnsoftware.org/nss2.

About the Center for National Software Studies

Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, the Center for National Software Studies is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to elevate software to the national agenda, and to provide objective expertise, studies and recommendations on national software issues. More information about the Center is available at www.cnsoftware.org/nss2.