Dr. ARCOT Sowmya is Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1992. Dr Sowmya’s research is in two areas: image analysis and recognition, and software engineering. The first area focuses on segmentation and classification of images, with techniques drawn from machine learning, pattern recognition and statistical data analysis. The second area of interest focuses on formal methods of specification, verification and design of real-time, reactive and distributed systems.