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Bertrand Meyer

Bertrand Meyer: photograph

Bertrand Meyer is CTO of ISE. He is the initial designer of the Eiffel method and language and has continued to participate in its evolution. He also directed the development of the ISE Eiffel environment, compiler, tools and libraries through their successive versions.

His books include Object-Oriented Software Construction, (a general presentation of object technology), Eiffel: The Language, (description of the Eiffel language), Object Success (a discussion of object technology for managers), Reusable Software (a discussion of reuse issues and solutions), and Introduction to the Theory of Programming Languages. He has also authored numerous articles and edited conference proceedings. Other activities include adjunct professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (where he collaborates with Monash faculty on issues of common interest), chairman of the TOOLS conference series, editor of Prentice Hall's Object-Oriented Series, co-editor of the magazine L'OBJET, and a member of the French Academy of Technologies. He is also active as a consultant (object-oriented system design, architectural reviews, technology assessment), trainer in object technology and other software topics, and conference speaker.

Prior to founding ISE in 1985, Meyer had a 9-year technical and managerial career in a large company, and was for three years on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His experience with object technology through the Simula language, as well as early work on abstract data types and formal specification (including participation in the first versions of the Z specification language) provided some of the background for the development of Eiffel.

Since October, 2001, he has been Professor of Software Engineering at ETH, the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute, in Zurich, where he pursues research on a central software engineering issue: how to build trusted components -- reusable software elements whose quality can be guaranteed.

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