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The new year brought new seconded researchers to UNIFI!

Published: Friday, 23 January 2015
Ariadne, Cecilia at UNIFI


Ariadne Carvalho and Cecilia Rubira are now in Firenze, working together with UNIFI researchers at the Resilient Computing Lab. Ariadne and Cecilia are professors at the Institute of Computing of the University of Campinas (IC-UNICAMP) and both will seconded during a one month period.


On January 15th and 16th two sessions of presentations took place, in which Ariadne and Cecilia introduced to UNIFI researchers some of the most recent works that are being performed by their research groups.

Cecilia presented works related to Software Product Lines (SPL) in the context of fault-tolerant and self-adaptive systems, including a case study in e-Commerce domain.

Ariadne presented works on techniques for authorship attribution on micro-messages and preliminary work on "Information and Emotion Extraction from Micro-blogs for Stock Market Prediction".

The presentations were the opportunity to start discussions between UNIFI and UNICAMP researchers, which will be carried on during the secondment period.


The secondment period will also be the opportunity to work on the project deliverables, and plan collaboration work, and future researcher secondments to Campinas. Finally, the secondment will allow to cement the ongoing collaborations between UNIFI and UNICAMP.


Ariadne, Cecilia and UNIFI

It is time for the first Secondment in Coimbra!

Published: Monday, 12 January 2015

The first researcher seconded to the University of Coimbra has just arrived. Regina Moraes is in Coimbra to fulfill a 2-month secondment working with the DEVASSES team of the UC. Regina is a Full Professor at the School of Technology of the University of Campinas (FT-UNICAMP).


Regina will present in the next weeks the work that her groups has been developing at the UNICAMP. This presentation will be done in the context of the regular seminars of CISUC-SSE group, which usually attracts a broad audience of local professors, researchers and students.

Regina at UC


During the secondment period there will be opportunity to work on the project deliverables and also discuss and plan the future early stage researcher secondments that will come to Coimbra.


The secondment will also be useful for the progress and planning of the ongoing work with local researchers, including the works of her students: Tânia Basso is co-advised together with Marco Vieira or even the works of Ana Paula that is currently collaborating with Nuno Antunes.


Finally, the secondment will allow to cement the ongoing collaborations between UC and UNICAMP, searching for funding opportunities for the medium/long term, namely the future Europe-Brazil ICT.


Thaís Harumi Ussami’s secondment with UNIFI

Published: Monday, 20 October 2014

The secondment of Thaís Harumi Ussami at the University of Firenze is underway. She arrived in the beginning of October and she will stay until March, fulfilling 6 months of secondment.

Thaís is coming from Campinas – SP, Brazil, where she is an MSc student under the supervision of Prof. Eliane Martins at the UNICAMP. Although they are still working on the definition of her research topic, she is currently researching approaches for the automated generation of tests using techniques related to model based testing and behavior driven development, which will guide the agile development of the systems.

On October 20, she had a talk in which she introduced her topic and presented some of her work to UNIFI researchers. Basically, she is now working on a new agile technique that uses the benefits of model based testing to create test cases that will guide the incremental development. State machines are used to represent the system's behavior, so they will be used as documentation as well as the model from which test cases will be derived. Also, they will be used to validate the system’s behavior with the client.

Several UNIFI professors, researchers and students attended the meeting, which besides presenting Thaís’ work, also had the goals of discussion of the tasks for the secondment and find the researchers more suited to collaborate with her.

ToK Workshop #2

Published: Monday, 25 August 2014

The DEVASSES ToK Workshop #2 is on the books, and it was a successful opportunity for transfer of knowledge among the project researchers and also with external researchers. 


The event was held at the Institute of Computing on August 21-22, 2014 and organized by the UNICAMP. The theme for the workshop was Design and V&V Methodologies for Dynamic Systems, but the technical discussion also included other topics that go beyond that and are relevant for the project.


During the workshop the program included presentations of two featured lecturers who presented relevant topics for the project:


Besides these presentations, there was time for 16 presentations where the project researchers had the opportunity to showcase their recent and ongoing research work. The full list of presentation is available here.

We highlight that 3 of these presentation were already on works that involve multiple partners of the project, resulting from secondment works and that are already in an advanced state.


The sessions had an average of more than 30 attendants, with only ~15 being project members from all the project partners (UNICAMP, UC, UNIFI, UFAL) . Besides the project members, in the attendance there were researchers from institutions as UFRJ, Legal Service of the European Commission, USP, Brasilian Air Force Academy, IBM, INPE, CPqD, as well as several local students.


Every presentation slot included time reserved for discussion, which allowed for more detailed comments on the work and to explore the opportunity of future research paths.

Finally, it was time for discussion about the project management, past and future secondments were analyzed, and future partnerships between EU and Brazil were prospected.