IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages

Seattle, Washington
September 10-14, 2000

Advance Program

Special Session - Multimedia Software Engineering (S.-K. Chang)

Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 PM


Multimedia has two fundamental characteristics that can be expressed by the formula: Multimedia = Multiple Media + Hypermedia. How can software engineering take advantage of these two characteristics? Will these two characteristics pose problems in multimedia systems design? These issues and the practical applications are explored in this special presentation. A framework for MSE is presented. Participants will gain practical experience on multimedia applications development from examples of the experimental software that can be downloaded from Dr. Chang's website.

Who will be interested in this special presentation

This special presentation is intended for managers, software engineers, programmers and people interested in gaining an overall understanding of multimedia software engineering, as well as practitioners, system developers, multimedia application designers, programmers and people interested in prototyping multimedia applications.

Textbook and courseware

The special presentation is based upon the textbook "Multimedia Software Engineering" by Dr. Chang just published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. The special presentation is supported by the courseware developed by Dr. Chang and available at his website.

About the speaker

Dr. Chang received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1965. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967 and 1969. He is currently Professor and Director of Center for Parallel, Distributed and Intelligent Systems, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Chang is a Fellow of IEEE. He has been a consultant to IBM, Bell Laboratories, Standard Oil, Honeywell, Naval Research Laboratory and Siemens. His research interests include distributed systems, image information systems, visual languages and multimedia systems. Dr. Chang has published over two hundred papers and wrote or edited eleven books. His books, Principles of Pictorial Information Systems Design (Prentice-Hall, 1989), Principles of Visual Programming Systems (Prentice-Hall, 1990), Symbolic Projection for Image Information Retrieval and Spatial Reasoning (Academic Press, 1996), and Multimedia Software Engineering, are pioneering advanced textbooks in these research areas. Dr. Chang is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing published by Academic Press and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering published by World Scientific Publishing Company.

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