Awards - MOBILESoft 2020 Best Paper Award for VU researchers

28 Sep 2020

At the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft 2020), the Best Paper Award was awarded to the study "Leave my Apps Alone! A Study on how Android Developers Access Installed Apps on User's Device" by Gian Luca Scoccia, Ibrahim Kanj (a VU Master student), Ivano Malavolta (member of the S2 group at the VU), and Kaveh Razavi (former-VU assistant professor). The paper and replication package are available here: https://github.com/S2-group/mobilesoft-2020...

PhD defences - Tukaram Muske defended his thesis on postprocessing static analysis alarms

28 Sep 2020

Tukaram Muske has successfully defended a PhD thesis on postprocessing static analysis alarms.   Static analysis, which detects errors in the source code without actually running it, is an important automated program analysis technique to find common programming errors and report on points of interest that could be errors. Considering the effectiveness and usefulness of static analysis, a wide range of static analysis tools have been developed. However, these tools are known to generate a larg...

Next events - Call for Papers: Collective Knowledge in Software Engineering

28 Sep 2020

Two VERSEN members, Ivano Malavolta and Alexander Serebrenik are among the co-editors of the upcoming special issue of Empirical Software Engineering on collective knowledge in software engineering. Knowledge-sharing platforms, such as Stack Overflow, GitHub, Twitter, and Slack, have changed how developers share knowledge and seek information on the web. These platforms store a significant amount of collective knowledge that is contributed by a large and rapidly-evolving group of participants. For...

New people & guests - Alexander Serebrenik appointed a Full Professor Social Software Engineering

28 Sep 2020

Starting from July 1, 2020 Alexander Serebrenik has been appointed a Full Professor Social Software Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research goal is to facilitate evolution of software by taking into account social aspects of software development. His work tends to involve theories and methods both from within computer science (e.g., theory of socio-technical coordination; methods from natural language processing, machine learning) and from outside of computer science (e.g., or...

Awards - Best paper award at SEAA 2020 to RUG researchers

28 Sep 2020

Yikun Li, Mohamed Soliman, and Paris Avgeriou from the University of Groningen won a best paper award at Euromicro SEAA 2020 for their work on “Identification and Remediation of Self-Admitted Technical Debt in Issue Trackers”. The worked investigated to what extent software developers admit technical debt in issue trackers as they do in source code comments (e.g. "to do/fix"). It also studies in detail how developers identify and resolve technical debt in (Jira) issues. Preprint: http://www.cs.rug...

Next events - Software Cost Estimation Challenge

28 Sep 2020

Estimating software development effort is an essential part of getting new or improved software products to its intended end-users. An effort estimate sets the expectations of the end-users as to when the software will be ready and what it will cost. Multiple sources show that estimating software development effort has a bad track-record, despite over fourty years of research on good software estimating practices. The IWSM conference is devoted to promoting research and experience on good softw...

Awards - Distinguished paper award for study of code review bots

28 Sep 2020

Paper studying the effects of code review bots co-authored by Alexander Serebrenik (Eindhoven) and his Brazilian and American colleagues has been selected to receive an IEEE TCSE Distinguished Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution 2020 (ICSME). In this paper Mairieli Wessel (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Alexander Serebrenik, Igor Wiese (Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Campo Mourão, Brazil), Igor Steinmacher (Universidade Tecnológica...

New people & guests - Vadim Zaytsev is a new Associate Professor in Twente

28 Sep 2020

Vadim Zaytsev, also known as grammarware, is appointed as Associate Professor of Software Evolution at the Formal Methods & Tools research group at the University of Twente. He started in July 2020. Vadim is getting back to academia after spending several years developing compilers and software migration tools in the industry, analysing and transforming porftolios full of code in languages like COBOL, PL/I, HLASM and many 4GLs, as well as acting as a Chief Science Officer at Raincode Labs, encoura...

Next events - Farewell Symposium Jos Baeten

28 Sep 2020

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) of the NWO Institute Organisation and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam organize a symposium on the occasion of the retirement of Jos Baeten as general director of CWI and professor of theory of computing of ILLC on Thursday 1 October 2020. Due to restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing, space is limited at the venue. In order to comply with these restrictions, only ...

Research of Tukaram Muske in AG Connect

28 Sep 2020

The PhD research of Tukaram Muske (Eindhoven) is featured in AG Connect: Nieuwe wegen door het oerwoud van statische code analyse-alarmen (article by Eveline Meijer). The article is in Dutch and the full text is only available to subscribers, here it is: https://www.agconnect.nl/artikel/nieuwe-wegen-door-het-oerwoud-van-statische-code-analyse-alarmen 

Projects - New Erasmus Mundus Joint Master on Software Engineering for the Green Deal (SE4GreenDeal)

28 Sep 2020

The Software and Sustainability Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been awarded a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master on "Software Engineering for the Green Deal (SE4GreenDeal)". The Master is a joint program with Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and the University of L'Aquila (Italy). It will prepare the next generation software professionals to create and manage software solutions that address sustainability goals by design. The program will start in academic year ...

New people & guests - New Professor in Eindhoven: Michel Chaudron

28 Sep 2020

Michel Chaudron has been appointed a Full Professor in Software Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to this, he has been a full professor at the Software Engineering division of the joint department of Computer Science and Engineering of Chalmers and Gothenburg University in Sweden. Prof. Chaudron’s research interests are in the design and modeling of software/system architectures, and in the knowledge sharing that is needed for software development. His research involves both...

Projects - Tom van Dijk's Marie Curie Individual Fellowship started in April 2020

15 Jun 2020

Tom van Dijk's Marie Curie project PIGGY started in April 2020. Among others, the main objective of the project is to either: reason how parity games separate P and NP by being solved in at least quasi-polynomial time  find an algorithm that solves parity games in polynomial time In order to achieve those goals, Tom studies how algorithms reason about parity games by looking specifically at so-called tangles and how their presence in parity games can make solving for any particular solver...

Studying the software quality of COVID-related mobile apps

15 Jun 2020

Marielle Stoelinga and Ivano Malavolta are collaborating on a study about the software quality of COVID-related mobile apps. The idea is to run multiple analyses targeting a large number of COVID-related Android apps in order to characterize if their level of quality is different from that of standard apps published in the Google Play store. This will inform the public and decision makers about how app developers react when subject to huge pressure to deliver and under the unique conditions due to COVID-...

I/O Magazine now fully in English

15 Jun 2020

I/O magazine (the magazine of IPN) will be entirely in English as of 2020, so that it is also accessible to researchers with a non-Dutch background. Downloads and subscription are possible at https://ict-research.nl/2017/11/i-o-magazine/

Article about the Corona app

15 Jun 2020

An interesting article about software engineering the Corona app has been published in AG Connect. Here it is (Dutch only).  

Job vacancy: Research Fellow Analysis and Transformation of Legacy Software at ESI, Eindhoven

15 Jun 2020

A job vacancy about the Research Fellow Analysis and Transformation of Legacy Software is available at ESI, Eindhoven. The full vacancy is available here.

Projects - Stoelinga's ERC funded project CAESAR on integrating safety & cybersecurity has started

15 Jun 2020

Marielle Stoelinga’s project CAESAR in integrating safety & cybersecurity through stochastic model checking has started. The project is funded by an an ERC consolidator grant. As historically separated fields, safety and security are often analyzed in isolation. They are, however, heavily intertwined: measures that increase safety often decrease security and vice versa. Also, security vulnerabilities often cause safety hazards, e.g. in autonomous cars. The goal of the CAESAR project is will dev...

VERSEN board members interviewed for an article on AG Connect w.r.t. COVID-19 app

22 Apr 2020

In the aftermath of the rush for an app to track COVID-19, it is clear that there are several problems left to be addressed. VERSEN board members Jan Friso Groote and Jurgen Vinju were among those interviewed for a piece published on AG Connect, which also highlights VERSEN's commitments.

VERSEN PhD Awards Online Ceremony

06 Apr 2020

Our colleagues at NWO have organized the VERSEN PhD Awards Ceremony online, due to the cancellation of ICT OPEN. Please find the online ceremony here in this online video. The prize winners have previously been announced here.

News - Interview with the VERSEN board in the I/O magazine

23 Mar 2020

The recent issue of the I/O magazine features an interview with the VERSEN board (Marieke Huisman, Patricia Lago, Alexander Serebrenik) on the role of software engineering and software engineering research.  "Software is the engine that powers all CS developments like AI and cyber security. Although for many people this engine is invisible, it is so fundamental that we need to understand how to do it right." The full article is available here, enjoy and spread it around!  

Projects - Outreach project "Beauty and Joy of Computing" in Dutch schools

23 Mar 2020

The National Association of Vice-deans of the Exact Science Faculties has decided to fund the outreach project "Beauty and Joy of Computing in het Nederlands (BJoC-NL) van, voor en door docenten en leerlingen" jointly submitted by Ramon Moorlag (National association of computer science secondary school teachers, i&i), Felienne Hermans (University of Leiden) and Alexander Serebrenik (Eindhoven University of Technology). "Beauty and Joy of Computing" is a computer science course designed at the Univ...

New people & guests - Andrea Capiluppi new Associate Professor at the University of Groningen

23 Mar 2020

Andrea Capiluppi is appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Groningen. He will be joining the Software Engineering group. Andrea’s research and teaching interests focus on Software Evolution and Maintenance, as well as the construction, evaluation and maintenance of Social Networks. Andrea is mostly interested in the use of open technologies and in understanding how they can improve learning and teaching as well as the production of software and other artefacts.

PhD defences - Session-Based Concurrency: Between Operational and Declarative Views

23 Mar 2020

On January 7, Mauricio Cano successfully defended his PhD thesis "Session-Based Concurrency: Between Operational and Declarative Views" at the University of Groningen. In his thesis, supervised by Prof. dr. Jorge A. Pérez and Prof. dr. Gerard Renardel, Mauricio presents a comprehensive study of formal programming models for message-passing concurrency and of their associated verification techniques. This PhD work concerns theory of programming, with practical implications. His research develops res...

News - "Digitalize for the Environment!": A guide for practitioners from nine universities worldwide

23 Mar 2020

Patricia Lago and colleagues from altogether nine well-known universities from different parts of the world have produced a guide called "Digitalize for the Environment!". The guide is aimed at municipalities and companies wanting to explore and realize the potential of digitalization. It is completely open source and available here.