Personal Software Engineering Discussion Group

We are delighted to announce that the Personal Software Engineering Discussion Group, which was enthusiastically attended last year, is starting up again for semester 2. The first weekly meeting will be held on Monday the 30th of July in room 78.622 (General Purpose South) at 2pm. Afternoon tea will be provided.

There will be no presentation for this first meeting, as the goals are to:

  1. add to the list of presenters we have lined up for the semester - please let us know if you have something to present!
  2. discuss what topics are of interest to the group - maybe you have skills or knowledge others would like to share?
  3. make any changes we need to to the day/time to accommodate the maximum number of participants

The PSE discussion group is sponsored by the ARC Centre for Complex Systems.


In future weeks each session will start with a short talk (~25 min.) by a developer, which describes current or past work, and gives a personal critique of the usefulness of the software engineering process employed.

An open discussion will follow each talk, during which the attendees will be able to ask questions, make suggestions, or debate the merits of various tools and techniques.

Proceeding each talk, coffee and tea (as well as biscuits) will be available to improve attention, and encourage attendance.


The central goal of the discussion group is to facilitate sharing of software engineering expertise between developers and provide exposure to new methodologies and techniques. Our aim is to increase the level of software engineering expertise among complex systems modelers.

Talk topics may vary widely: the use of a design notation; the effectiveness of a particular tool; a description of current or past programming work; or a personal critique of the usefulness of a software engineering technique used.


We are calling for people interested in presenting to the group to come along to the meeting on Monday or send us a short abstract and likely availability.

We also need interested participants to come along and share in the discussion.


Please come along to the meeting on Monday if you are interested and available. We expect that the time slot may need to be renegotiated to suit everone.

If you would like to attend the PSE discussion group but cannot make it to the meeting on Monday, please contact us and suggest what times suit you better.

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Best regards,

Daniel Bradley

World-class basic and applied inter-disciplinary research on questions fundamental to understanding, designing and managing complex systems
2009 The ARC Centre for Complex Systems, Australia