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Research &
Mobile Lab

Research topics

Development of software systems

  • OTS based development (COTS and open source): selection and evaluation techniques, integration technologies, repositories, processes, cost and effort estimation models, surveys on industrial practices
  • agile methodologies: test driven development, integration of agile methodologies in CMM processes
  • validation and acceptance of outsourced services and systems
  • characterization of software companies and projects
  • analysis of success and failure factors of software projects

Development of mobile applications

  • technologies, operating systems and platforms (Android, IPhone, Symbian)
  • components: recommenders, voters, localisation, augmented reality
  • domains: social networking, reading communities, teaching

Service engineering

In the context of Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), our research focuses on:

  • formal contract-based interface specification, publishing, searching
  • service-sevel agreement negotiation
  • semantic service discovery
  • service composition
  • service validation and trust

Evolution and maintenance of software systems

  • structural and dimensional evolution of open source systems
  • techniques and methods to convert applications from web to wireless
  • processes and group dynamics in open source systems

Experimental approach and collaboration with industry

We consider a new technique successful only if we can prove objectively that it provides advantages in a real life context. Real life conditions for software development, including pressure and large size, cannot be fully reproduced in an academic setting. For this reason we consider essential to collaborate strictly with industry.
The complete cycle that we use for experimental validation of a technique is:
  1. experimentation with students and/or small scale projects in university setting
  2. experimentation with case studies in industry
  3. technology transfer in day to day industrial practice

Training and consulting

In a perspective of technology transfer of established techniques we can offer consulting and training on:
  • UML
  • Java and object oriented development
  • Aspect Oriented Programming
  • Agile methodologies (eXtreme Programming, Scrum, etc.)
  • Software quality
  • Quantitative software project management and software metrics