Keynote - Birgit Penzenstadler

Birgit Penzenstadler

(11:45-12:55) "Resilience via socio-technical systems: Projecting sustainability impacts during RE"
Requirements engineers have a responsibility for the long-term consequences of the systems they put in place. Socio-technical systems bring many benefits and positive impacts to humankind, but also a number of inherent risks and potential negative impacts. We explore a range of such impacts across all dimensions of sustainability and how they can be discovered systematically. We show how positive impacts can be supported and reinforced, and how negative impacts can be anticipated and mitigated.

Let's choose the responsibility that comes with developing software systems not as a burden but as a privileged chance to shift and transform our impacts on the world. That includes taking care of individual sustainability from the perspective of the individual developer as well as the user groups and other stakeholders of the system to be.

Birgit Penzenstadler is faculty at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Lappeenranta Lahti University of Technology, Finland. She has been researching the relation between sustainability and software engineering for a decade. Software systems inform and shape our future and consequently, software engineering holds key for transitioning towards a sustainable global society. Her recent research focus is how neuroplasticity practices can support in improving presence, creativity, and overall resilience.

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