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Lecture: Complex Networks in Software Systems

Marc Roper will be giving a lecture on “Complex Networks in Software Systems – A Challenge to Complexity Scientists” on Friday 23rd January at the Institute for Advanced Studies as part of its “Complex Networks across the Natural and Technological Sciences” event.

Graphs are used extensively within computer science and software engineering to represent a wide range of network relationships – from internal data and control dependencies within a program, to workflow and process dependencies within the development life-cycle. One common factor in complex software engineering projects is the sheer scale of such network graphs, potentially consisting as they do of millions of nodes and edges. The aim of this talk is to review the uses of network graphs within different aspects of software engineering and outline some of the approaches we have taken in trying to manage such large and complex entities in a range of different contexts. It also raises the question of whether any of the techniques employed by complexity scientists can be used to address the problems presented by complex software systems.

For more details, see: here

MPAC 2008

Sotirios Terzis is the chair of the 6th International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad-Hoc Computing (MPAC 2008), a Workshop of the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 9th International Middleware Conference (Middleware 2008) taking place December 1-5, 2008 in Leuven, Belgium.

You can find the call for papers here.

The deadline for paper submission is August 1st.

DAIS 2008

DAIS 2008 LNCS Volume LNCS volume 5053 including the proceedings of the 8th IFIP International Conference on Distributed Application and Interoperable Systems (DAIS 2008) has now been published by Springer.

DAIS 2008 was part of the 3rd Federated Event on Distributed Computing Techniques (DisCoTec) that took place in Oslo between 4 and 6 of June 2008 and was organised by the University of Oslo.

Sotirios Terzis was the Program Committee co-chair of DAIS 2008.

TAIC PART in August

Marc Roper is general chair of the engagingly-titled TAIC PART conference. TAIC PART stands for Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference – Practice and Reearch Techniques and aims to encourage close collaboration between academics and industrialists working on the the problems of software testing. The conference is held in Cumberland Lodge in Windsor and has the atmosphere of a retreat, typically making for a very productive workshop. For more details of the event see

TESTBENCH Workshop in Lillehammer

Marc Roper organised the first TestBench workshop at the ICST conference in Lillehammer this April. The aim of the workshop is to develop a set of benchmarking systems and tools for the empirical evaluation of software testing strategies. Further details of the workshop can be found at

Research Matters, Issue 03, 2008

Inah’s work has been mentioned in the current issue of Research Matters, available in full here.

New Model Supports Global Software Engineering

Researchers in Strathclyde’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) have developed an innovative new model to improve communication between software engineers working collaboratively from across the globe.

As with many other modern industries, software engineering is a global enterprise, but that globalisation introduces a challenge – how can developers ensure that they have up-to-date and shared understanding when working on a joint project across time zones?

Researchers in CIS have developed a new model based on monitoring the core interactions that take place during software development, such as the creation, deletion, updating and viewing of software project artefacts. These interactions are captured automatically, and the model then provides real-time relevance cues about the tasks, engineers and artefacts within the global shared collaboration space.

The team has already evaluated the model with a project class of advanced students, the results of which highlighted its feasibility and effectiveness. The group is now testing the model on a global engineering project spanning Russia, Finland and Ireland. Researchers are also keen to trial the model on projects associated with the University.

Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Google Android Developer Competition

Google has just released the Android SDK for mobile phone application prototyping. To encourage developers, they have created the Android Developer Competition. Starting in Jan 2008, Google will begin accepting Android Applications, with the top 50 receiving $25,000 cash prizes. A second stage will select the best of the bunch to go onto further development, with the ten receiving $275,000 and another ten winning $100,000. Anyone up for some mobile application development?

Higher Education Academy Development Fund Award

Linxiao, Isla, Marc, Murray and John F have been awarded a princely sum from the HE Academy to further work with mental models and novice programmers. 

Many thanks to all for helpful comments at recent group frying session.

Congratulations to Linxiao

A first class result for Linxiao  …PhD awarded subject to minor corrections.

Inah in Munich

Inah’s away this week presenting his paper entitled “A 3-Dimensional Relevance Model for Collaborative Software Engineering Spaces” (co-authored by John F., Marc and Murray) at the IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)