ERCIM News No.32 - January 1998


by Frantisek Plásil

For the twenty sixth time now, the SOFSEM (SOFtware SEMinar) was held being partially sponsored by ERCIM for the second time. Having been transformed during the years from a local event to a fully international conference, the current SOFSEM is special in being a mix of a winter school, a conference, and an advanced workshop, each striving for multidisciplinarity in computer science. This aim is reflected in the technical program consisting of a relatively large number of invited talks, refereed papers (24 of them this year), and refereed poster contributions. In addition, time and space for flash communications, industrial presentations and exhibitions are provided.

The program of SOFSEM usually starts with an opening talk delivered by a very distinguished speaker; this year Jan van Leeuwen presented his keynote address "Challenges in Large-Scale Distributed Systems". The Endowment Board recommended 22 invited talks focused on the following key topic areas: Distributed and Parallel Systems, Software Engineering and Methodology, Databases and Information Systems, and Fundamentals. The proceedings of this event, held 22-29 November 1997 in Milovy, Czech Republic, were published by the Springer Verlag in the LNCS, Vol.1338. More detailes can be found at

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Frantisek Plásil - CRCIM
Tel: +420 2 21914266

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