Professor Outlines Defense, Software Challenges in Capitol Hill Briefing

Doug Schmidt

Doug Schmidt

Douglas C. Schmidt, professor of computer science and associate chair of computer science and engineering, was one of three researchers invited to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the congressional R&D Caucus in Washington, D.C. Schmidt, also a senior research scientist at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, discussed the complex issues involved in integrating multiple and diverse software-intensive systems in national defense operations. “There are very serious technical challenges, some obvious and some to be discovered, and the challenge of too many vendors, too many technologies and too many systems,” Schmidt reported. The briefing, Defense Basic Research: Critical to National Security and Economic Security, was held in conjunction with the Coalition for National Security Research.

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