Keynote Speaker


Title: "Multicultural Perspectives on Software Engineering"

Keynote Speaker: Simona Vasilache

Simona Vasilache

Dept. of Computer Science

Graduate School of Systems and Information

University of Tsukuba, Japan


Simona Vasilache is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Politechnica University of Bucharest, Romania, and she obtained her PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Her research interests include human computer interaction, software engineering, formal methods, cultural aspects of e-learning, as well as intercultural communication. For the past 5 years she has been teaching a culturally diverse group of international students in Japan.



Globalization plays a major role in all aspects of our 21st century life, influencing software engineering practice, as well as software engineering education. Software engineering is a relatively young engineering discipline and it is under constant development and evolution; software development teams often include members from various cultural backgrounds. At the same time, the multicultural nature of education proves to be a challenge in all educational aspects, including those related to software engineering . This talk will highlight some of the challenges posed by multiculturalism in the field of software engineering, both in industry and in academia.

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Michelle Kawamura

Michelle Kawamura  Ph.D

Associate Professor

School of Economics

Ritsumeikan University

Shiga Japan

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