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ToK Workshop and F2F Meeting in Coimbra

Published: Monday, 15 February 2016
All at UC


The DEVASSES ToK Workshop V was held in the University of Coimbra (UC) in February 1-2. It was also time for DEVASSES researchers to meet Face-to-Face, as the project reaches its middle point.


The meeting was particularly interesting to discuss the first half of the project, evaluating and discussing the cooperation works developed, and to determine the improvements necessary to the second half. It was also time to review the status of the working packages of the project and plan towards the tasking that are starting and the deliverables that should be prepared in the future.


Miguel Matos: Scaling a SQL Database

The Transfer of Knowledge Workshop featured a a full slate of presentations headlined by the invited talk by Miguel Matos (HASLabU. Minho), entitled “Scaling a SQL Database” and which focused on the work that is being developed in their group to develop systems based on SQL with extreme horizontal scalability. The presentation set the tone for discussion in terms of large scale data management systems, and their role in the target systems of the project.


There were other 14 presentations by the project members, the majority of which (9) presented works that are fruit of the cooperation between multiple DEVASSES partners. Some presentations served also to introduce new members of the project or to show new ideas for future collaborations. The complete list of presentations can be found here.


The meeting was strategically scheduled to take advantage of ongoing secondments of researchers both in UC (details here and here) and in UNIFI (details here). From this resulted that the workshop had an average attendance superior to 20 researchers, including project members and other UC researchers and students.


There was also the opportunity to present and advertise the second edition of the RADIANCE workshop, discuss improvements and potential similar initiatives. Future collaborations were also discussed, including open and future project calls and Europe-Brazil collaborations.


Wrapping up the first day, there was a Team-Building happy-hour, followed by a calm dinner that featured some of the traditional food from Portugal.


The DEVASSES team enthusiastically looks forward to the second half of the project!


ToK V Audience

Brazilian Researchers are visiting UNIFI

Published: Friday, 12 February 2016
All at UC


Starting from mid January, a group of researchers from Brazil have arrived in Florence to fulfill their secondments in the DEVASSES project. This allowed the start of an intense period of collaboration, as a total of six researchers are currently visiting the Resilient Computing Lab. These secondments are also synchronized with the DEVASSES Face-to-Face meeting and ToK Workshop V, was held in Coimbra in February 1-2.


This marks the first secondments of Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) researchers to UNIFI. Baldoino Neto is a professor at the UFAL, and will be spending a 1-month secondment in Florence. Finally, Marcus Piancó is a MSc student at UFAL and just arrived for a six-months secondment.

Cecilia Rubira and Ariadne Carvalho are professors at the Institute of Computing - University of Campinas (IC-UNICAMP), are staying for one month. Felipe Gaia and Sheila Venero, both recently started PhDs advised by Cecilia at IC-UNICAMP, will stay for two and three months, respectively.


Multiple seminars were organized to motivate discussions on collaboration topics. Baldoino presented the main topics on which his students are working at UFAL, which involve problems of identification of code smells, refactoring, and how this affects vulnerabilities in the code. Soon, Marcus will present his work on the use of change history to predict software vulnerabilities.


Ariadne presented a work of one of her students on the topic of quality assessment of natural language software requirements, in the domain of space applications. Felipe and Sheila presented an initial proposal for their PhD research. Felipe is focusing on assurance cases in a System of Systems (SoS) context, while Sheila work will focus on the adaptation of workflows in the medical domain.


Keynote speaker photo

Eliane Martins visits University of Coimbra

Published: Thursday, 28 January 2016


Prof. Eliane Martins is in Coimbra to spend a 1-month secondment working with the local partners. Eliane is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Computing - University of Campinas (IC-UNICAMP), and she is the Principal Investigator of the UNICAMP team in the DEVASSES project.


Eliane presented some of the work she has been developing with her students in a presentation entitled “Model-Based Robustness Testing. Approaches and Some Results” in the context of the regular seminars of CISUC-SSE group, which attracted a broad audience of local professors, researchers and students. Many of the attendees work in robustness testing topics, which led to a quite enthusiastic discussion.


The secondment is synchronized with the DEVASSES Face-to-Face meeting and ToK Workshop V, which will be held in Coimbra in February 1-2. This will allow to better prepare the technical discussions on the work packages. The meeting will be attended by representatives of all partners, and will be particularly busy as the project reaches its middle point.


It is also a very important period for discussing ongoing collaborations both in terms of co-advised students and other collaboration projects that involve the UC and UNICAMP.


Eliane at UC

European researchers in UNICAMP

Published: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Nadia at UNICAMP


The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) receives the secondments of two European researchers in this fall: Nádia Medeiros from the University of Coimbra (UC) that will fullfill a 4-months secondments, and Andrea Ceccarelli from University of Florence (UNIFI), which is completing a 2-month secondment.

Nádia (in the picture, in the middle) is a PhD student at the UC under supervision of Prof. Marco Vieira. Her research topic is on “Models and Tools for Benchmarking the Trustworthiness of Software Systems”. Nádia will spend her secondment at the School of Technology (FT-UNICAMP) working with Tania Basso and Prof. Regina Moraes, and the goal for the secondment is to identify evidences of trustworthiness based on privacy.

Andrea is a Researcher at the UNIFI. He will perform is secondment in Institute of Computing (FT-UNICAMP), where, among the other activities, he is currently working with Prof. Cecilia Rubira on the ongoing deliverables of the work packages 2 and 3.