ORION - Decision Support for Component-Based Software Engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems



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Current state: More and more systems become software-intensive and this is in particular the case for cyber-physical systems, which are characterized by a close interaction between computational entities that control physical entities in the real world. Companies developing cyber-physical systems face an increasing difficulty in delivering high-quality solutions fulfilling customer demands within cost and delivery time, as the market requires faster and faster innovation. Current methods for software engineering are insufficient to meet this challenge. 

Future state projection: Software-intensive systems, and in particular cyber-physical systems, will in the future be significantly more flexible, adaptable, and will require continuous evolution to instantaneously provide improved and new features to their users. An efficient and informed selection of existing components and services, and fast architectural adaptations will be crucial for companies’ success, which in turn requires a systematic approach in the decision-making process with respect to strategic component or service selection from a mixture of different options: in-house development, subcontracting, open source, COTS or services. 

ORION objective: The research in the field has thus far been fragmented with researchers studying different aspects of component and service selection. ORION will bring a holistic decision support system to manage the trade-off between functionality, time to market, cost, quality and risk to develop competitive software-intensive system using components and services. This will be done with respect to development of software-intensive systems, and in particular cyber-physical systems. The intention is to take strategic, tactical, and operational concerns into account. Specifically, ORION will address component or service selection and their integration into a system. It will address decision-making principles, methods, technologies and business models, and hence answer to industry needs and requirements. Five decision areas will be in focus from a software engineering perspective: 1) business and requirements engineering, 2) non-functional properties, 3) life-cycle perspective, 4) architecture, and 5) implementation and integration, including verification & validation (V&V). Decision support based on evidence and a knowledge repository will complement the decision support system. An integration of the decision support system with a user interface will be provided, and used for empirical validation using an automotive experimental platform.

ORION partners: BTH, MDH, and SICS bring together a unique integration of world-leading competencies in software-intensive systems, cyber-physical systems, component-based development, strategic software management in software engineering and empirical software

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Context Factors Perceived Important when Looking for Similar Experiences in Decision–Making for Software Components – An Interview Study (Apr 2024)
Efi Papatheocharous , Claes Wohlin , Deepika Badampudi , Jan Carlson, Krzysztof Wnuk
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP)

Context Checklist for Industrial Software Engineering Research and Practice (May 2021)
Kai Petersen , Jan Carlson, Efi Papatheocharous , Krzysztof Wnuk
Computer Standards & Interfaces Journal (CSI)

Towards Evidence-based Decision-making for Identification and Usage of Assets in Composite Software: A Research Roadmap (Mar 2021)
Claes Wohlin , Efi Papatheocharous , Jan Carlson, Kai Petersen , Emil Alégroth , Jakob Axelsson, Deepika Badampudi , Markus Borg , Antonio Cicchetti, Federico Ciccozzi, Thomas Olsson , Séverine Sentilles, Mikael Svahnberg , Krzysztof Wnuk , Tony Gorschek
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP)

Component-based development of embedded systems with GPUs (Mar 2020)
Gabriel Campeanu, Jan Carlson, Séverine Sentilles
Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)

Software Qualities and their Dependencies (Jan 2020)
Séverine Sentilles, Barry Boehm , Catia Trubiani , Xavier Franch , Anne Koziolek
ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes (ACM SIGSOFT SEN)

Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGSOFT International Workshop on Software Qualities and Their Dependencies (Aug 2019)
Séverine Sentilles, Barry Boehm , Catia Trubiani , Anne Koziolek
Proceedings of the 2019 27th ACM Joint Meeting on European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE'19)

Jan Carlson, Professor

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