Software engineering is a research discipline within computer science in which many PhD students in different universities are active. To increase awareness of the importance of software evolution as an essential subdiscipline, and to boost research in this domain, the Graduate School in Computing Science (GRASCOMP) of F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium) decided to co-organize with the Ecole Doctorale Sciences pour l'Ingénieur (EDSPI) and the Collège Doctoral Européen (CDE) of Lille Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France) a doctoral seminar on software evolution and software adaptation.

The seminar organizers were Tom Mens (UMH, Belgium) and Lionel Seinturier (INRIA Lille, France). The first day of the seminar, entitled 'Evol@Mons 2008', was held in Mons, Belgium on 25 February 2008, and was devoted to the topic of software evolution. The second day of the seminar, entitled 'Adapt@Lille 2008', was held in Lille, France on 13 March 2008, and was devoted to the topic of adaptive middleware.

Evol@Mons attracted over forty participants, half of whom were PhD students, mainly coming from France and Belgium. Four renowned international researchers presented their latest research results. Stéphane Ducasse (INRIA Lille, France) presented research in software reengineering; Ralf Laemmel (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany) discussed evolution challenges around XML languages; Andy Zaidman (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) talked about the relationship between software evolution and software testing; and Tudor Girba (University of Bern, Switzerland) explored how software evolution can be understood through the modelling of history.

• Académie Wallonie-Bruxelles:
• F.R.S.-FNRS Graduate School in Computing Science:
• Ecole Doctorale Sciences pour l'Ingénieur :
• Collège Doctoral Européen:

Adapt@Lille: AdaptLille2008.html
WG website:

Please contact:
Tom Mens,
Software Evolution Working Group coordinator
Institut d'Informatique, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Belgium
Tel: +32 65 37 3453

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