ERCIM News No.37 - April 1999

SOFSEM’98 - The Successful Silver Jubilee

by Gabriela Andrejkova and Jan Vinar

SOFSEM (SOFtware SEMinar) is a full seven-day international conference devoted to the theory and practice of software systems. Its aim is to foster cooperation among computer science professionals from academia and practice. Last year’s Silver Jubilee Session was organized by the Slovak and Czech Societies for Computer Science and SRCIM (Slovak Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics).

SOFSEM'98 was held from 21-27 November 1998 and attracted 137 participants from fifteen countries, about two thirds from Bohemia and Slovakia.

Sponsors played a very important role, the main sponsors were the Andersen Consulting, IBM, Digital Slovakia, SAP Slovensko, with other companies and organizations (ERCIM, Microsoft Slovakia, ORACLE Slovensko, VSZ Informatika) providing important contributions. Thanks to the support, equip- ment, and staff of Telenor Slovakia the participants enjoyed the Internet connection for the first time in the history of SOFSEM.

The scientific program of the seminar was divided into four principal areas: Distributed and Parallel Systems, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Documents and Digital Libraries, and Trends in Algorithms. There was also a Silver Jubilee Track devoted to major achievements of computer science. There were twenty invited lectures and eighteen contributed papers which were selected from among 48 contributions by the Program Committee chaired by Branislav Rovan of the Comenius University of Bratislava.

Invited Lectures

The Proccedings of the conference appeared as volume 1521 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science of the Springer-Verlag.

The next conference, SOFSEM’99, will be held at Milovy in the Bohemian Highlands (approximately two hours by car from Brno). We hope that it will be as successful as it was on numerous previous occasions in the same venue.

For more information, see:
SOFSEM ‘88 web page:
SOFSEM’99web page:

Please contact:

Gabriela Andrejkova and Jan Vinar - SRCIM
Tel: +421 95 6221128

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