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UNIFI researchers in Campinas!

Published: Tuesday, 26 May 2015


A group of University of Florence (UNIFI) researchers arrived in Campinas in the beginning of May, to scout the territory for their colleagues arriving later this year. The group is composed by Leonardo Montecchi and Enrico Schiavone, who will be visiting the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) for three months, and by Tommaso Zoppi, who is going to stay a shorter period and then continue his secondment at Federal University of the Alagoas (UFAL) in Maceió.


Tommaso Zoppi started his PhD at the UNIFI in this year. His research interests are related to testing and especially focused on software anomaly detection, supported by fault injection and data analysis processes. During the secondment he will look for collaborations that can be further developed in the next years, mainly supported by Prof. Eliane Martins (at UNICAMP) and Prof. Baldoino Fonseca (at UFAL).

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Enrico Schiavone obtained his Master’s degree at the UNIFI, few weeks before leaving Italy. His work focused on security mechanisms, especially multi-biometric continuous authentication. During his secondment he will collaborate mainly with Prof. Ariadne Carvalho, in order to define and perform experiments and usability studies regarding the proposed approach. It will be also a good occasion for talking about a future possible PhD proposal.

Leonardo Montecchi returns after last year being seconded at UFAL and also spending some time at UNICAMP. During this secondment, he will continue with the active collaborations within the DEVASSES project, and interact with UNICAMP researchers and students to identify topics for further scientific collaboration.


Besides that, all the three UNIFI researchers are also going to attend a “Português para estrangeiros” course, for 3 hours a week, to feel 100% integrated with the life and research taking place at UNICAMP!


Secondment Kick-off Workshop

To kick-off the works of the secondments, UNICAMP researchers organized a workshop on May 14th, with attendance of local students and professors, with a total attendance of about 30 people.


UNIFI presentations of the workshop included: “MDE in Large Scale Dynamic Systems: Active Collaborations and Ongoing Research Topics” by L. Montecchi, “Multi-Layer Anomaly Detection” by T. Zoppi, and “Continuous Multi-Biometric Authentication: Definition and prototyping of a solution for desktop systems” by E. Schiavone. The workshop included also several short presentations of IC students and researchers, to give an overview of the topics being researched at the institute.


The workshop ended nearly at dinner time, which made the perfect occasion to carry on the discussion with a nice aperitif in one of the nearby bars.


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UC researchers Take Over UFAL

Published: Thursday, 14 May 2015


A group of University of Coimbra (UC) researchers arrived to the Federal University of the Alagoas (UFAL) to re-conquest the place.
This also marks the first visit of Prof. Marco Vieira, which is the scientific coordinator of the project, to the UFAL and is inserted in the context of a 1-month secondment. Nuno Antunes is a post-doc researcher and will be fulfilling a 3-month secondment, as will Cristiana Areias, which is returning to Maceió after last year’s secondment url.


The secondment kick-off activities include a series of seminars by the local students of Prof. Baldoíno Fonseca’s group which serve to start collaborations and receive feedback (full schedule available here). Presentations by Cristiana and Nuno are scheduled for the following Thursdays, during the regular meeting of the research group Engineering and Systems Group (EASY) at the Institute of Computing-UFAL.


During the stay, Nuno will be in charge of the second part of the Software Engineering discipline in the Master in Informatics program at UFAL, covering topics of Secure and Dependable development of systems.

The first class was held together with a talk by Marco entitled “Dependable and Secure Computing @ UC: Past… present… & future”. The talk focused on the UC’s research work and attracted a large attendance (see the picture below), inclusively with as several UFAL professors taking their students to attend. The talk served also as motivation for the students and to discuss potential collaborations.


Nuno’s and Cristiana’s longer secondments will allow collaborating with the local MSc and BSc students. Currently, Henrique Alves and Marcus Piancó are already developing work on the prediction of software vulnerabilities based on change history information and on the existence of certain Code Smells. Furthermore, other students will have the opportunity to collaborate in the implementation of techniques for testing and injecting faults in Service Oriented Architectures.  


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Ítalo Silva starts his Secondment at UC

Published: Monday, 13 April 2015


Ítalo Silva is already at the University of Coimbra (UC) to perform a four-month secondment. Ítalo is a student of the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) where he just finished his master’s degree working with architecture-centric software development processes, under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Brito and Prof. Baldoino Fonseca.


ítalo at the University (Paço das Escolas)

Ítalo will use this time to work with Prof. Marco Vieira and to get involved with the activity of the local group, which activity is focused on the development of dependable and secure systems. This will allow Ítalo to find new research topics to pursue in the near future, for instance to start a PhD.


The initial secondment presentation, entitled “A decision-making tool to support architectural designs based on Quality Attributes”, is planned for the next week. Among other research activity, the presentation will present a tool that supports young architects in selecting the architectural style to use based on the system requirements and quality attributes. As usual, the presentation will be inserted in the context of the regular seminars of CISUC-SSE group, which attracts local professors, researchers and students.

Cross-project workshop at University of Coimbra

Published: Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Thais at UC


As the University of Coimbra (UC) received the visit of Thais Ussami (from UNICAMP, but currently seconded in UNIFI) and Andrea Rossi (Post-doc at UNIFI), there was the opportunity for presenting the work that both are developing at the University of Florence.


At the same time, UC was receiving visits from researchers of two other European projects: CECRIS and CABRIOLET.


Discussion during the meeting

Prof. Domenico Cotroneo, Fabio Scippacercola and Dario Ricci (University of Naples) and Nuno Silva (Critical Software) were the visitors from the CECRIS project.


On the other hand, Prof. Vecheslav Kharchenko and Prof. Anatoliy Gorbenko (National Aerospace University "KhAI", Kharkiv, Ukraine), and Prof. Yurij Kondratenko (Black Sea State University, Mykolaiv, Ukraine) are visiting UC in the context of the CABRIOLET project.


This created the opportunity for a multi-disciplinary cross-project workshop, which contributed to rich discussions about research activities and potential collaborations. The workshop was organized in the context of the regular seminars of CISUC-SSE group, which attracted the participation of UC professors, researchers and students, with the average audience being above 20 participants.



Feeding the conversation were five talks. Prof. Vecheslav Kharchenko used this opportunity to present the KhAI and the R&D activities that his specific department is developing. The other presentations were more focused on technical material, presenting the work that each has been developing recently. Below follows the complete list of presentations:

  • “ZarzirBird Project: Modeling RPAS Dynamics for Load Stability”, Andrea Rossi
  • “An Analysis of Software Engineering Issues from Aerospace Critical Systems”, Dario Ricci
  • “R&D of Computer Systems and Networks”, Prof. Vecheslav Kharchenko
  • “Using Diversity in Cloud-Based Deployment Environment to Avoid Intrusions", Prof. Anatoliy Gorbenko
  • “Automated test generation in an iterative and incremental environment”, Thais Ussami


The discussions will continue throughout the week, as there are many research activities that are of common interest to the partners represented and there is the opportunity of finding fruitful future collaborations.


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