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Reference architectures in the continuous systems and Software Engineering

Grant number: 19/19730-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): December 02, 2019
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal Investigator:Elisa Yumi Nakagawa
Grantee:Elisa Yumi Nakagawa
Host: Peter Liggesmeyer
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany  
Associated research grant:13/07375-0 - CeMEAI - Center for Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry, AP.CEPID

Abstract

Continuous Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE) has increasingly become a practice at large companies producing complex software-intensive systems such as Systems-of-Systems (SoS), i.e., a class of systems with unique characteristics. By providing a continuous delivery of systems, CSSE addresses several aspects of an iterative development, including continuous planning, continuous integration, and continuous testing. CSSE have been the focus of research in Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (Fraunhofer IESE), where it is intended to conduct this project. In parallel, this candidate has as her main research topic the reference architectures, which play an important role to the system quality, aggregating knowledge of a specific domain, promoting the reuse of this knowledge, and supporting the development, standardization, and evolution of software-intensive systems and, more importantly, the interoperability in large systems as SoS. Considering their relevance, reference architectures for several different domains have been already proposed and widely used; however, these architectures have not been still explored in the context of CSSE while the interoperability in large systems as SoS during their continuous evolution is also still a challenge. In this scenario, the main objective of this project is to propose an approach to incorporate reference architectures in CSSE. This project will be developed in the industry scenario and will conduct interviews/survey with experts from industry and academia to identify both the viability of the approach and the advantages of these architectures in CSSE. Besides contributing to industry projects of Fraunhofer IESE, the main result is to put together the experience of Fraunhofer IESE with CEES and the experience of the candidate with reference architectures and also open a new research line, continuing the research already leaded by this candidate in the area of reference architecture. Finally, this project will contribute to large projects, including CeMEAI, a CEPID of FAPESP, in which the candidate is an associate researcher and has supervised two post-doctorate researchers to design a SoS for the health domain.