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Keynote Speaker Announced for SEI Research Review

Keynote Speaker Announced for SEI Research Review

October 5, 2021—The Software Engineering Institute today announced that the keynote speaker for the 2021 SEI Research Review will be Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) Heidi Shyu. The Research Review is a free virtual event scheduled to take place daily from November 8-10.

Under Secretary Shyu serves as the chief technology officer for the Department of Defense (DoD). Her mandate includes ensuring the technological superiority of the U.S. military and responsibility for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD. She also oversees the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Space Development Agency (SDA), the DoD Laboratory and Engineering Center enterprise, and the OUSD(R&E) staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military.

The theme for the 2021 SEI Research Review is “inspire. integrate. innovate. the collaboration effect.”

SEI researchers will provide in-depth discussions of recent, high-impact, DoD-line-funded fundamental research that improves the state of the art and practice in software engineering, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence (AI) engineering. Some of the areas to be covered include

  • AI/ML/autonomy
  • software and processors
  • complex systems of systems

Each session will present tools, techniques, and processes produced through collaboration and designed to advance solutions to the four big software challenges for national defense and security: capability, timeliness, affordability, and trustworthiness. Attendees will hear about the positive impact of those technologies on the DoD mission and will also learn how to engage in and benefit from collaboration with SEI researchers. Panel discussions, comprising SEI researchers and collaborators from inside and outside the SEI, will explore how to more rapidly integrate research advancements into work contexts.

While the 2021 Research Review is a free event, registration is required to take full advantage of participation in panel discussions and presentations. Each day’s events will start at 11:00 a.m. and end no later than 4:00 p.m. EST. Visit for more information or to register.