The 20th annual International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2009) is focused on innovative techniques and tools for assessing, predicting, and improving the reliability, safety, and security of software products. ISSRE also emphasizes industrial relevance and rigorous empirical studies.

ISSRE is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Reliability Society. It has grown to become the leading conference in the area and one of the few that attracts the technical leadership from both Academia and Industry. Last year (2008) we had an almost even split (50-50) between Academia and Industry - a rare achievement for any conference.

ISSRE focuses on the theory and practice of software systems reliability engineering. Research papers are extensively reviewed by a large program committee and the selected papers are coveted. An Industrial committee separately reviews papers for the Industry track looking for relevance and applicability. ISSRE has some of the best Industry case studies reported.

ISSRE Workshops have picked up considerable momentum. In 2008 we had over 100 participants in four workshops. Some of the workshop are becoming regulars - in that those communities meet year after year at ISSRE (Embedded Systems Reliability, and Software Rejuvenation). We hope to build these communities and seed new ones that are vital to current interests in Research and Industry.

The following are a few of the areas that ISSRE covers in papers, fast abstracts, workshops, tutorials, and keynotes.

  • Reliability, availability, and safety of software systems
  • Validation and verification, testing
  • Web 2.0 reliability, availability and security issues
  • Software quality and productivity
  • Software security
  • Dependability, survivability, and resilience of software systems
  • Systems (hardware + software) reliability engineering
  • Services reliability engineering
  • Open source software reliability engineering
  • Metrics and measurements, estimation, prediction of quality/reliability
  • Supporting tools and automation
  • Industry best practices
  • Empirical studies of any of the above topics
  • Open source software reliability engineering
  • Software as a Service, Cloud Computing and P2P specific issues
  • High volume consumer applications specific issues