Rory V. O'Connor
There exists a great many ICT standards such as those supported by organizations like the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) to address almost all aspects of ICT design, development and on-going usage. Whilst there may be many publicised business advantages of using such standards, the domain of standardization is an often-neglected route for exploiting academic and commercial research. Often researchers have little or no experience of standardization to plan, implement and exploit their research utilizing standards, and therefore trying to achieve the maximum potential from their research endeavours. Involvement of standards development organisations in your research ensures international recognition, since clearly the international community regards the work sufficiently highly to invest in writing standards based upon your research. Recognition in this way has the potential to highlight in a world stage academic research and enhance international reputation.
This talk will examine issues such as: the benefits of standards for industry and academia, the benefits of being directly involved in the standards community for both industry and academia and specifically how standards can inform academic research. Based upon a decade of personal experience as Ireland Head of Delegation to the ISO/IEC standards body for Software and Systems Engineering, IT Service Management & IT Governance and the role of standards author and editor, this talk will examine the issues and benefits of becoming actively involved inside the standardization community and how this can be translated into the research context.
Rory V. O’Connor is a Professor of Software Engineering at Dublin City University (Ireland) where he is currently serving as the Head of the School of Computing. He is also a Senior Researcher with Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre (www.lero.ie). Prof. O’Connor is also the Editor in Chief of the Elsevier published Journal Computer Standards and Interfaces and Senior Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach. Rory is an active member of the international standards community and is Ireland’s Head of Delegation to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for Software & Systems Engineering (ISO/IEC JCT1/ SC7). He is lead member of the ISO Working Group 24 on Lifecycle Profiles for VSEs (Very Small Enterprises) and the editor of the ISO/IEC 29110-2 standard. His research interests are centered on the processes and standards whereby software intensive systems are designed, implemented and managed. His focus is on researching methods, techniques, tools and standards for supporting the work of software project managers and software developers in relation to software process improvement, and the management of software development projects.