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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Ph.D. positions related to software design

An anonymous reader writes: I have been working as an on-site software consultant and with calculator apps for the health care industry for a couple of years now and I'd like to go back to school to earn a Ph.D. (I earned my master's degree a couple of years back and wrote my thesis on the component technology used in Sony's cell phones).

I'm primarily interested in software design and architecture, with all that entails, including design patterns, software contracts and object-oriented modeling. I can't seem to find any Ph.D. projects that relate to these issues, though, and the question is if that's because I haven't looked hard enough or if there isn't any research being done in this field. (Some hold that software design is more art than science, which could explain the dearth of relevant Ph.D. positions.) I believe that software development, as practiced in industry, could be improved by an order of magnitude with well-thought out contracts, better documentation and more discipline, and if there's anything I can do to help improve industrial software development, I would love to devote my energy to that enterprise. Is there research being done in this field, and where?
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