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Professor Ross Jeffery
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Biography - Professor Ross Jeffery
From 2001 to 2004, Professor Jeffery was head of the Software Engineering Group in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
He was an Academic Board member at UNSW from 1999 to 2002.
Between 1995 and 2003, Professor Jeffery was also Director of the Centre for Advanced Software Engineering Research (CAESER) at UNSW.
He was Chairman of the Information Technology sub-committee of the Academic Board, UNSW from 2000 to 2002.
From 1997 to 2000, Professor Jeffery was Associate Dean (Technology), Faculty of Commerce and Economics, UNSW . During this appointment he established computing technology support functions including staff, technology, and management; established strategic plans for technology in the Faculty; and created a web presence.
He was head of the School of Information Systems at UNSW between 1988 and 1994.
During this time the School changed from a small department of approximately ten academic staff with one support staff member offering degrees in the Commerce faculty, to a large School of twenty-five full time academic staff and six support staff offering both Science and Commerce degrees in Information Systems and Information Technology.
These now cover five undergraduate degrees, a coursework masters, a research masters, and PhD degrees.
While Professor Jeffery was its head, the School of Information Systems changed from a department entirely dependant on centralised UNSW computing support to an independent unit running six large networked computer-equipped teaching laboratories with a range of hardware and software.
The School has facilitated the funding of these laboratories through successful grant applications.
Professor Jeffery established and was first Chairman of the Australian Software Metrics Association.
is an industry-based association, which acts as a significant technology transfer mechanism for software metrics.
From a small start in Sydney, ASMA
has become a national group with branches in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and Sydney.
The association now has a leading role in the establishment of international standards in metrics, running the Australian software metrics conference ACOSM, which is held annually with over 100 attendees, and acting as a venue for practitioners to share experiences in the area of software measurement.
Professor Jeffery has served as General Chair for ACOSM on a number of occasions.
In 1989, with Professor Igor Hawryskywiecz and Associate Professor Kit Dampney, Professor Jeffery established the Annual Australian Conference on Information Systems.
Professor Jeffery earned his Bachelor degree in Commerce with Honours from the University of Queensland with a thesis in Information Systems; and a Masters in Commerce and PhD in Software Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
Professor Jeffery is involved in a number of NICTA projects as part of NICTA's Empirical Software Engineering (ESE) research program.
In particular, projects on statistical process control in software engineering, experience management in software engineering, effort prediction for IT projects, and software process improvement.
Professor Jeffery is currently working with IBM, NSW Government enterprises, and a number of SME's.
also collaborates with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
in Germany and is working on the establishment of the Empirical Research Centre
in Osaka, Japan.
Professor Jeffrey is an invited member of the Software Engineering Institute International Process Research Consortium
Professor Jeffery is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, the Founding Chairman of the Australian Software Metrics Association, a Member of the Association for Computer Machinery, and a Member of the IEEE Computer Society.
, R. and Walkerden, F. An Empirical Study of Analogy-based Software Effort Estimation, Empirical Software Engineering
, Kluwer Academic Publishers
, Boston, June 1999
4, No. 2, pp 135-158.