Dr. Basit Shahzad

Director (Center for Multidisciplinary Research)
National University of Modern Languages
Sector H-9, Islamabad.

Title of the Talk: Software and Society

Abstract: Software development is prone to errors and flawed practices, leading to costly failures. These failures have a significant financial impact, often scaling with the project’s size. But the cost goes beyond money. Software failures can also have a social impact, affecting the quality of life for those involved. Developer dissatisfaction, job losses, and even societal unrest can be downstream consequences. By implementing effective mitigation strategies, we can not only ensure successful software development but also minimize the social disruption caused by these failures. This talk will delve into software failures, exploring their economic and social consequences. We’ll also discuss strategies to overcome these challenges and build more resilient software.

Introduction: Dr. Basit Shahzad received his M.Sc. degree from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan, and his Ph.D. from the University Technology Petronas, Malaysia. Dr. Basit Shahzad is, and has been working as a ‘Visiting Scientist’ at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, U.K. Dr. Shahzad has served as an Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad and at King Saud University, Riyadh. Dr. Basit Shahzad has served as Dean Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad and is currently serving NUML as Director for Center for Multidisciplinary Research. Dr. Shahzad has also served as a consultant to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He has numerous publications in journals and conferences of international repute and has a very active research profile. Dr. Basit Shahzad is world’s most cited researcher in the area of Software Risk Management and has a cumulative impact factor of over 130. He has editorial role in several journals of high repute and has edited a number of special issues in the areas of software engineering, social networks, and mobile healthcare. His research and teaching career spans over 20 years. His current areas of research include Social Computing, Blockchain-based digital initiatives, Software Requirements Engineering, and Quantum Software Engineering.


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