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  • When requirements come last

    When requirements come last

    Peter Naur was probably the first to realize that “computing is a human activity” and that as we program, we are not only solving problems, we are also only just beginning to understand them. This even affects small projects like student theses. For engineering theses, i.e. theses in which some artifact is to be built,…

  • The role and responsibility of an editor or PC chair

    The role and responsibility of an editor or PC chair

    I just saw a tweet arguing that a program committee (PC) chair was being disrespectful of the reviewers, if they (the editor) overruled their (the reviewers) recommendations to accept a paper. I beg to differ. It is the PC chairs job to make the final decision on what gets into the research program and they…

  • Abolishing tenure and academic competitive strategy

    Abolishing tenure and academic competitive strategy

    The U.S. state of Texas is trying to abolish tenure for public university professors. If this comes to pass, it would be a highly interesting natural field experiment on academic competitive strategy. From an academic perspective, I’m quite curious about this.

  • Upcoming talks in April and May 2023

    Upcoming talks in April and May 2023

    I’ll be holding the following public (free) and commercial (closed) talks and seminars in the upcoming weeks. 2023-04-20: User-led open source projects and country-level competitiveness at Fraunhofer FOKUS. 2023-04-21: Streamlining open source license compliance (our commercial seminar, through Bayave GmbH). 2023-04-24: Open-source software and sustainability (in German most likely) at the TUM Digital Sustainability lecture…

  • How to acknowledge the use of copyediting services

    How to acknowledge the use of copyediting services

    I looked around research papers and did not find any acknowledgments of copyediting services used. Even before Grammarly and ChatGPT, authors have used human editors, and apparently this was not worth mentioning? This seems unfair to me and may have to change in the age of chat AIs. How about this template for the acknowledgments…

  • Rage against required templates for paper submissions

    Rage against required templates for paper submissions

    Anyone who wants to submit a paper to a computer science conference usually faces two options: Use a TeX template or use a Word template. I haven’t written TeX in thirty years as a first author (I do edit and contribute as a coauthor because it can’t be avoided) and I use Linux and hence…