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The Future of Software Engineering and Acquisition with Generative AI

In this webcast, SEI researchers explore the future of software engineering and acquisition using generative AI technologies.

Software Engineering Institute



We stand at a pivotal moment in software engineering, with artificial intelligence (AI) playing a crucial role in driving approaches poised to enhance software acquisition, analysis, verification, and automation. While generative AI tools initially sparked excitement for their potential to reduce errors, scale changes effortlessly, and drive innovation, concerns have emerged. These concerns encompass security risks, unforeseen failures, and issues of trust. Empirical research on generative AI development assistants reveals that productivity and quality gains depend not only on the sophistication of tools but also on task flow redesign and expert judgment.

In this webcast, Software Engineering Institute (SEI) researchers will explore the future of software engineering and acquisition using generative AI technologies. They’ll examine current applications, envision future possibilities, identify research gaps, and discuss the critical skill sets that software engineers and stakeholders need to effectively and responsibly harness generative AI’s potential. Fostering a deeper understanding of AI’s role in software engineering and acquisition accentuates its potential and mitigates its risks.

What Attendees Will Learn

  • how to identify suitable use cases when starting out with generative AI technology
  • the practical applications of generative AI in software engineering and acquisition
  • how developers and decision makers can harness generative AI technology

About the Speaker

Douglas C. Schmidt

Douglas Schmidt (Vanderbilt University)

Douglas Schmidt is an SEI alumni employee.

Douglas Schmidt is a visiting scientist at the SEI working on special projects for the SEI director. Schmidt is the former chief technical officer of the SEI. Schmidt is currently the associate provost for research, development, and technologies at Vanderbilt University and co-director …

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Headshot of Anita Carleton.

Anita Carleton

Anita Carleton is an Executive Leadership Team Member and Division Director of the Software Solutions Division (SSD) at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University, with more than 30 years of technical and senior leadership experience in the software engineering industry.  The mission of SSD is to advance the …

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Headshot of Ipek Ozkaya.

Ipek Ozkaya

Ipek Ozkaya is a principal researcher and the technical director of the Engineering Intelligent Software Systems group at the SEI. Ozkaya’s primary interests include developing techniques for improving software development efficiency and system evolution with an emphasis on software architecture practices, software economics, and agile development. Ozkaya’s most recent research …

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