By Anna Lynn Spitzer
08.04.05 – For Walt Scacchi, a Calit2-affiliated researcher, July was an exciting month. He was appointed interim director of UC Irvine’s Institute for Software Research and he co-authored an award-winning paper.
Scacchi, senior research scientist at ISR, will manage the institute’s efforts through June 2006, while director Richard Taylor is on sabbatical.
He is the co-author of “Multi-Modal Modeling, Analysis and Validation of Open Source Software Requirements Processes,” which won the “Best Paper Award” at the recent International Conference on Open Source Software in Genova, Italy. Co-authors were graduate student Chris Jensen, Professor John Noll and research staff member Margaret Elliott.
Scacchi, who received his doctorate in information and computer science from UCI, created and directed the first software factory research project in a U.S. university at USC in the early 80s.
His research interests include open source software development, knowledge-based systems for modeling and simulating complex engineering and business processes, decentralized heterogeneous information systems, software acquisition, and electronic commerce, business and organizational analysis of system development projects.
A member of ACM, IEEE, AAAI and the Software Process Association, Scacchi has contributed to more than 100 research publications and has directed 40 externally funded research projects. He has consulted and held visiting scientist positions with a number of respected firms, including At&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories, SUN Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Andersen Consulting.