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Research Group on Methods and Tools for Software Engineering, DevOps and Artificial Intelligence


General information

The MESSIR group is part of the LASSY laboratory. Our group focuses on methods and tools for Software Engineering, DevOps and Artificial Intelligence in order to improve the quality of IT systems. Our methods and tools are developed using sound scientific basis. We develop open source tools to support our languages and to allow for research collaboration or technology transfer with industrial partners. Our aim is to offer novel and efficient approaches for the engineers to ensure system development and deployment. Specific fields are currently under important development:

  • Software engineering methods and tools for neural networks engineering
  • Software engineering methods and tools for ecological cyber physical systems
  • DevOps and Agile methods

Highlights in 2020

The group has played a key role in the management of, and teaching support for the first and second-year students of the recently opened Bachelor in Computer Science (BiCS) at the University of Luxembourg. In this context, the BiCS Management Tool (BMT) has been improved by the team to ease the management of the projects students perform every semester along with either staff of the university or external collaborators.

Another highlight was the successful completion of the first BiCS "Turing" Promotion The development of a new bachelor has been led by the Messir group since 2015. After five years of successful development the BiCS represent 110 highly skilled students that will contribute to the future of computer science.

Last but not least, the BicsLab, a R&D student laboratory has been setup with the supervision of a number of student semester projects around software, greenware, and senseware; industrial partnership agreements have been signed resulting in projects companies (Pall Center, Ahrs, Goodyear,...).

Three most interesting publications (or other achievements) in 2020

  1. Jahic Benjamin; Guelfi Nicolas; Ries, Benoît. “Specifying key-properties to improve the recognition skills of neural networks”. Proceedings of the 2020 European Symposium on Software Engineering, published by ACM. This paper introduces an extended software engineering method for dataset augmentation to improve neural networks by satisfying the customer’s requirements. It introduces the notion of key-properties to describe the neural network’s recognition skills that is illustrated through an experimentation on a case study on the recognition of the state of a digital meter counter.
  2. The post-proceedings of the first international workshop on Frontiers in Software Engineering Education (FISEE 2019, Villebrumier, France, November 11–13, 2019) was published as a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Insights about the relevance effects of teaching nowadays DevOps, as well as the use of standards to define DevOps-oriented curricula were published in different peer-reviewed venues.
  3. Capozucca Alfredo; Guelfi Nicolas. "Analysing the SWECOM Standard for Designing a DevOps Education Programme". In Proceedings "Frontiers in Software Engineering Education". FISEE 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Developing academic education programmes for software engineers is a difficult task. This paper is a first attempt to introduce a standard based development process to derive a DevOps education programme for graduate education. It is introduced as a generic process mainly based on the SWECOM standard. This process is applied to generate a proposal for a significant DevOps graduate academic programme definition in a comprehensive and, most importantly, in a skill oriented manner.



    Book Chapter

  • DevOps and Its Philosophy: Education Matters!, Bobrov Evgeny, Bucchiarone Antonio, Capozucca Alfredo, Guelfi Nicolas, Mazzara Manuel, Naumchev Alexandr, Safina Larisa, Mazzara Manuel (Author), Rivera Victor (Author), Sadovykh Andrey (Author), Dragoni Nicola (Editor), Dustdar Schahram (Editor), Lago Patricia (Editor). In: Microservices: Science and Engineering, Springer International Publishing.






    Conference Paper

  • Software Engineering and Modeling Education: Problems and Solutions, Guelfi Nicolas. In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Petri Nets and Software Engineering (PNSE'15), including the International Workshop on Petri Nets for Adaptive Discrete Event Control Systems (ADECS 2015) A satellite event of the conferences: 36th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency Petri Nets 2015 and 15th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design ACSD 2015, Brussels, Belgium, June 22-23, 2015..