INES – National Institute of Science and Technology for Software Engineering

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  • Kick-off meeting

    Publicado em December 20th, 2008News

    Researchers from several institutions (UFPE, CESAR, UFRPE, Facape, UFCG and UFRN) attended INES first meeting. Some of them were present through skype.


    Professor Silvio Meira, INES coordinator, presented INES logo in a t-shirt


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  • INES: first meeting, 19th Dec 2008, 15h

    Publicado em December 19th, 2008News

    The first meeting of the INES sub-projects coordinators occurs today at 15h, through the internet from Recife. The meeting will discuss aims and the operational bases of the institute, paying attention to three main points:

    • Attracting industrial partners committed to our effort, while committing ourselves to the application of our results in improving their software engineering
    • Attracting more investments to INES. We have a good starting point, but our agenda is very broad and therefore, much more investment than we have today will be necessary
    • Begin the discussion process of creating a regional and multi-institutional Doctoral program in Software Engineering, involving all institutions participating in the INES. We believe we have the skills and there is an explicit demand, in the market for such program. We cannot avoid addressing this opportunity.

      That’s it. See you a 3pm.

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    • INES – National Institute of Science and Technology for Software Engineering

      Publicado em December 15th, 2008About the Institute

      Due to the lack of productivity and quality in software development nowadays, there is urging in applying manufacturing and software engineering techniques, in order to leverage the same benefits found in other engineering fields. This is the actual definition for Software Factories, on which there is a cost-effective assembly process, and constant yearning for innovation.

      INES (National Institute of Science and Technology for Software Engineering), coordinated by Professor Silvio Meira, from UFPE, has as a global theme to promote software development with high productivity by systematically applying the factory philosophy. The developed systems will primarily have, in measurable and configurable ways, high level of dependability. In special, INES’ initiatives aim at radically diminishing project failure rate, rising satisfaction in product quality, with controlled cost and benefit.

      As such, the Institute will state and control the execution of activities with short-, mid- and long-term goals. It will also coordinate contributions from all institutions and research groups in this proposal. In general, researchers’ areas within the Institute incorporate activities such as definition, creation, and deployment of effective software factories, with strong emphases not only in high productivity but also with measurable and controlled dependability.

      Specifically, researchers will work on a number of research themes connected the desired goal:
      (a) systematic reuse and software product lines
      (b) validation and verification of systems
      (c) techniques for software evolution and automatic refactoring
      (d) model-driven development
      (e) domain specific languages
      (f) software quality
      (g) experimental software engineering

      INES already has federal (MCT/CNPq/FNDCT/CAPES) and state (FACEPE) official funding around 2,8 millions of Reais to start its activities. Considering those approved projects that foment the Institute creation, the following institutions participate of the initiative as founders institutions:

      UFPE (INES headquarters), CESAR e UFRPE (Recife-PE), FACAPE (Petrolina-PE), UFBA (Salvador-BA), UFCG (Campina Grande-PB), UFPB (João Pessoa-PB), UFRN (Natal-RN), e UFS (Aracaju-SE).

      This picture depicts another INES peculiarity; all founders’ institutions are from research groups from the Brazilian Northeast. Therefore, INES also contributes to support the creation of new scientific research, development, innovation and technology transfer pillars in the Northeast of Brazil.

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