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Carnegie Mellon University | Software Engineering Institute

U.S. Leadership in Software Engineering & AI Engineering: Critical Needs & Priorities 

June 20-21, 2023 | Alexandria, VA

Call for Participation for In-Person Workshop

Software is vital to America's global competitiveness, innovation, and national security. The economy, the nation’s infrastructure, education, and healthcare all depend on software. This workshop will explore the fundamental research needed to support progress across these critical domains.

Send an email to if you are interested in joining as a participant or speaker. 

Workshop Motivation

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Software Productivity, Sustainability, and Quality (SPSQ) Interagency Working Group are partnering on this workshop, to inform a community strategy for building and maintaining U.S. leadership in software engineering and AI engineering , and positively impact progress in multiple application domains.

Work on software engineering and AI engineering continues to receive increasing attention. This workshop intends to build on prior successful events to explore these issues in diverse application domains and address broader interests of the participating organizations. Using Architecting the Future of Software Engineering: A National Agenda for Software Engineering Research and Development as a starting point, we will identify and explore important research areas for the future of software engineering that are critical for multidisciplinary research. We will spur new partnerships to enable collaborations to advance the disciplines of software and AI engineering.

Workshop Goals

  1. Identify research questions that excite the computing community and can spark new collaborations;
  2. Identify addendums or updates to the National Agenda for Software Engineering roadmap;
  3. Produce a report summarizing challenges and strategic priorities for building and maintaining US leadership in software & AI engineering for the advanced computing and software community.

Who Should Attend?

  • Federal leaders with a stake in software and AI engineering research
  • Invited thought leaders from:
    • Research funding agencies
    • Research laboratories
    • Mission agencies (acquiring / developing critical systems with software engineering and AI capabilities)
    • Commercial organizations with relevant experience / best practices