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This is the IFIP TC2 Community Website

The committee has been established in 1962. It's aims and scope were revised twice: in 1982, and in 1990.


To obtain a deeper understanding of programming concepts in order to improve the quality of software by studying all aspects of the software development process, both theoretical and practical.


The scope of the committee encompasses all aspects of the software development process including the specification, design, implementation and validation of software systems. Areas of present activity are:

  • formal models of software concepts
  • programming languages and techniques
  • models for information storage and processing
  • program support environments
  • user interfaces to software systems
  • software quality


  • TC2 officers: ifip-tc2-officers@domain
  • All members, including TC2 officers: ifip-tc2-member@domain

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The 2019 meeting will be held with ICSE in Montreal on Tuesday May 28 at McGill University.

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The 2018 meeting will be in Gothenburg, Sweden on Monday May 28, at the conference facilities of Chalmers/Univ. of Gothenburg. The meeting will take place in the room Valdemar in the University Congress Center at Johanneberg, Chalmers Konferens & Restauranger, Main entrance, Chalmersplatsen 1, 412 58 Göteborg.

 8:30 Arrival and coffee
 9:00 Welcome (J. Nawrocki)
 Roll call, agenda, prior meeting minutes (J. Lawall)
 9:05 Action items from the previous meeting (J. Nawrocki)
 9:10 Changes in TC2 membership and election of additional TC2 members (M. Goedicke)
 9:20 Update from the IFIP General Assembly (J. Nawrocki)
 9:40 Update on IFIP World Computer Congress (R. Wrembel)
 9:50 Management structure of TC2 (J. Nawrocki)
 10:20 Election of TC2 officers (J. Nawrocki)
 10:30 Break
 11:00 Financial issues (M. Goedicke)
 11:10 Reports of WG chairs (J. Nawrocki)
 12:15 Lunch
 13:30 Reports of WG chairs (J. Nawrocki)
 15:00 Coffee break
 15:30 Awards and distinctions (M. Goedicke)
 15:50 Future meetings and events (J. Lawall)
 16:00 Technical presentation
 16:30 Other issues
 17:00 Closing (J. Nawrocki)

We would like to thank the Area of Advance ICT for hosting the meeting.


The 2017 meeting was in Essen Germany on Monday July 24, hosted by Michael Goedicke at paluno The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology.

University of Duisburg-Essen
Gerlingstraße 16
45127 Essen

Travel information. The nearest airport is Düsseldorf which has numerous European connections and a number of international connections as well. In addition, Cologne, Dortmund and even Frankfurt can be used and using train connections to reach Essen.

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   8:00 Arrival and welcome at paluno room SGW 009
   9:00 Welcome, roll call, agenda, prior meeting minutes
   9:05 IFIP report, financial status, IFIP awards
   9:30 Electing new Officers for TC2
   10:00 Reports of working group chairs
   12:30 Lunch
   14:00 Reports of working group chairs
   15:30 Coffee break
   16:00 Future events & locations, Manfred Paul Award
   16:30 TC2@WCC in Poznan
   17:00 Other Strategic issues
   17:30 Other business
   Dinner 19:30 in a restaurant nearby

The 2016 meeting was in Vienna, with STAF, on Wednesday, July 6th 2016, between 9am and 5pm. There is the possibility to stay in the evening for dinner.

For the venue see the STAF 2016 conference website, registration.

IMPORTANT Please mention at the registration that you are member of IFIP TC2 and attend the IFIP TC2 Business Meeting.


8:00 Arrival and registration at the conference desk
9:00 – 10:30 SEFM Keynote  (Abstractions, Semantic Models and Analysis
Tools for Concurrent Systems: Progress and Open Problems, Gul Agha,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
10:30  grab a cup of coffee and follow us to  the meeting room: Kontaktraum (KR), 6. Stock
Elektrotechnisches Institutsgebäude (TU Wien) Gußhausstraße 29, 1040 Wien
10:30 Welcome, roll call, agenda, prior meeting minutes
10:35 IFIP report, financial status, IFIP awards
11:00 Reports of working group chairs
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Reports of working group chairs
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Robert Bieber, ÖCG Presentation and Discussion on IFIP (TC2)
and national Computer Science Societies
16:30 Future events & locations, Manfred Paul Award
17:00 Discussion on national Societies and their relationship to IFIP / IFIP TC2
18:00 Other business
Dinner 19:30 at Wiener Wiener Wia z'Haus

WITFOR 2016: World Information Technology Forum, September 12th - 14th, 2016, San José, Costa Rica

The 2015 meeting of TC2 was in Florence on May 24, 2015, just after ICSE, at the same venue.


9:00 Welcome, roll call, agenda, prior meeting minutes
9:15 IFIP report, financial status, IFIP awards
10:00 Election of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Reports of working group chairs
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Reports of working group chairs
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Additional Business meeting per year
16:30 Future events & locations, Manfred Paul Award
17:00 Short presentations
18:00 Other business

IFIP Outstanding Service Awards were awarded for 2013 to Prof. Anthony Finkelstein (WG 2.9), Prof. Brian Ford (WG 2.5), and Prof. Chris Lengauer (WG 2.11).

An IFIP Outstanding Service Award was awarded to Prof. Davide Sangiorgi on September 28, 2012. Prof. Davide Sangiorgi chaired IFIP Working Group 2.2, "Formal Description of Programming Concepts", for two consecutive terms (2006-2011). During his term the Working Group was very active. For instance they organized a well attended Amir Pnueli Memorial Symposium in 2010. The group was also involved in organization of the well-known CONCUR conferences. Prof. Davide Sangiorgi is also a highly recognized scientist in his own right. He is the author of a well-known book on the pi-calculus which has over 1200 citations (Google Scholar).


More detailed membership information is maintained by IFIP.


Working groups

National representatives

  • Marcelo Frias (AR)
  • Stefan Biffl (AT)
  • Paul Bailes (AU)
  • Sylvia Ilieva (BG)
  • Julio Leite (BR)
  • Pascal Felber (CH)
  • Hernan Astudillo (CLEI)
  • Přemek Brada (CZ)
  • Manfred Paul (DE)
  • Reima Suomi (FI)
  • Charles Consel (FR)
  • Miklos Biro (HU)
  • Pankaj Jalote (IN)
  • Giuseppe Visaggio (IT)
  • Atsushi Igarashi (JP)
  • Johan Jeuring (NL)
  • Elizabeth A. Kemp (NZ, SEARCC)
  • Fernando Brito e Abreu (PT)
  • Nenad Stefanović (RS)
  • Marko Bajec (SI)
  • Maria Bielikova (SK)
  • Nikolay Sidorov (UA)
  • Will Tracz (US, ACM)

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for Excellence in Software: Theory and Practice

The Award

Technical Committee 2 of IFIP annually recognizes excellence in its area by means of an award made to an outstanding researcher in software, theory are practice.

  1. The award is known as the IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award.
  2. The award consists of a certificate and an amount of money to the value of 1024 euro.
  3. The award is issued annually to a natural person, or group, for a single (possibly joint) paper published in the proceedings of a suitable conference yearly so assigned by IFIP TC2.
  4. The selection is done by the Program Committee Chair(s) of the conference, and the award must be personally and publicly issued to the laureate at the event.
  5. The motto of the prize is "For excellence in Software: Theory and Practice" according to the scope of the TC2 working groups, see
  6. Members of TC2 are not eligible, when member is taken as on 1st of January of the award year, but members of Working Groups are eligible.
  7. At the discretion of the committee members, there may be no award or more than one award in each year.

Award Coordinator

Dr. Miklós BIRÓ, Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (SCCH), Hagenberg, Austria

The 2014 Award

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for 2011 was granted to the authors of the best paper of the 29th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering held in Västerås Sweden.

The paper selected by the ASE 2014 Programme Committee was:

Samuel J. Ellis, Eric R. Henderson, Titus H. Klinge, James I. Lathrop, Jack H. Lutz, Robyn R. Lutz, Divita Mathur, and Andrew S. Miner:
Automated Requirements Analysis for a Molecular Watchdog Timer

ASE 2014 Programme Committee was chaired by Marsha Chechik University of Toronto, Canada and Paul Grünbacher Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria.

The 2011 Award

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for 2011 was granted to the authors of the best paper of the CEE-SET'2011 Conference held in Debrecen, Hungary.

The paper selected by the CEE-SET Award Committee was:

Simona Jeners, Horst Lichter, Carlos Augusto Gomez Rosenkranz: Efficient Adoption and Assessment of Multiple Process Improvement Reference Models

The CEE-SET Award Committee was:

  • Miklos Biro (IFIP TC2)
  • Jerzy Nawrocki (IFIP TC2)

The 2010 Award

The 2010 Award was handed out by Bertrand Meyer at ICSE'2010 (32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering) for the paper:

Jacob Burnim and Koushik Sen: DETERMIN: Inferring Likely Deterministic Specifications of Multithreaded Programs

The members of the Award Committee were: Bertrand Meyer, Prem Devanbu, Sebastian Uchitel

The 2009 Award

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for 2009 was granted to the authors of the best paper of the 31st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2009), Vancouver, Canada, May 16-24, 2009.

The paper selected by the ICSE 2009 Programme Committee was

Westley Weimer, ThanhVu Nguyen, Claire Le Goues, Stephanie Forrest: Automatically Finding Patches Using Genetic Programming

ICSE 2009 Programme Committee was chaired by Jo Atlee, University of Waterloo, Canada and Paola Inverardi, University of Aquila, Italy.

The 2007 Award

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for 2007 was granted to the authors of the best paper of the CEE-SET'2007 Conference held in Poznan, Poland.

The paper selected by the CEE-SET Award Committee was:

Adam Trendowicz, Michael Ochs, Axel Wickenkamp, Juergen Muench, Yasushi Ishigai and Takashi Kawaguchi.: An integrated approach for identifying relevant factors influencing software development productivity

The CEE-SET Award Committee consisted of:

  1. Miklos Biro (IFIP TC2) – Chairman
  2. Zbigniew Huzar
  3. Lech Madeyski
  4. Jerzy Nawrocki (IFIP TC2)
  5. Krzysztof Sacha
  6. Bartosz Walter
  7. Jaroslav Zendulka

The 2006 Award

The IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for 2009 was granted to the authors of the best paper of RE'06 - 14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 11-15 September, 2006

The paper selected by the RE Award Committee was:

Jane Cleland-Huang, Raffaella Settimi, Xuchang Zou, and Peter Solc (DePaul University, USA): The Detection and Classification of Non-Functional Requirements with Application to Early Aspects

Paper Award Sub-Committee

  • Martin Glinz, University of Zurich, Switzerland (chair)
  • Bashar Nuseibeh, The Open University, UK
  • Alistair Sutcliffe, University of Manchester, UK

Awards page, see

The 2005 Award

In 2005, two awards were made, as Best Paper Awards to conferences chosen by TC2.


EuroSpi2 - European Software Process Improvement and Innovation, Budapest, Hungary, 9-11 November 2005

The paper selected by the EuroSpi2 Award Committee was:

Martin McAnallen, MIT Systems, Ireland and Gerry Coleman, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland: Tailoring Extreme Programming for Legacy Systems: Lessons Learnt

Paper Award Sub-Committee

  • Richard Messnarz, General Chair, EuroSPI2
  • Scott Ambler, Ronin International, Canada
  • Taz Daughtrey, James Mason University, USA
  • Ita Richardson, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Pekka Abrahamsson, VTT, Finland
  • Alec Dorling, INTERSPICE, UK

OnTheMove Federated Conferences (DOA, ODBASE and CoopIS)

OnTheMove Federated Conferences (DOA, ODBASE and CoopIS) Agia Napa Cyprus, 31 Oct-4 Nov 2005

The 2001 Award


Dr. Naoki Kobayashi from the Tokyo Institute of Technology for his paper entitled: Type Systems for Concurrent Processes: From Deadlock-Freedom to Livelock-Freedom, Time-Boundedness, IFIP International Conference on Theoretical Computer Science 2000 pp 365-389, endorsed by WG2.2 (Formal Description of Programming Concepts)


Dr. Ivan Bowman, originally at the University of Waterloo, for his paper Ivan T. Bowman, Richard C. Holt, Neil V. Brewster: Linux as a Case Study: Its Extracted Software Architecture. ICSE 1999: pp 555-563, endorsed by WG2.4 (Software Implementation Technology).

About Manfred Paul

Manfred Paul was chairman of TC2 from 1977 to 1986, and has been the representative for Germany since 1973. He was a founder member of WG2.1 (Algorithmic languages and Calculi) and chairman from 1969 to 1975, and a founder member of WG2.2 (Formal Description of Programming Concepts). He was awarded the IFIP Silver Core in 1974. One of Prof Paul's many accomplishments is that he was the author of the ALGOL compiler "ALCOR MUNICH Z22" for the ZUSE Z22, an early commercially available computer in Europe. This compiler was one of the first handling full recursion in a high level programming language.

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