22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Sevilla, Spain, September 2-4, 2013


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IWT2 Research Group

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IWT2 Research Group

IWT2 belong to a research group in computing of the University of Seville (Spain) named IWT2 (Web Engineering and Early Testing). The director of this research group is Dr. María José Escalona Cuaresma, Ph.D. Software Engineering with a European mention. In addition, the research group is composed of professors of the Department of Languages and Computing Systems at the University of Seville and a set of technical specialists in the subjects of the group.

Moreover, our research group is associated with the foundation FIDETIA . FIDETIA is the Foundation for Research and Development Information Technology in Andalusia, this foundation was established in March 2000 as a teaching and research foundation. FIDETIA seeks only the public interest non-profit organization and is qualified as an Agent of Knowledge. In addition, FIDETIA is associated with the Network of Technological Areas of Andalusia (RETA), Spain.

The main objective of FIDETIA is to contribute actively to sustainable development of the Society through Training, Research and Technology Transfer, strengthening the collaboration between University and Business in the field of Information Technology and Communications (ICT). All this is very important for the development of the Competitive of companies and progress of society.

On the other hand, we want to mention that our research group, IWT2, is certified on the following standards: UNE-EN ISO 9001:2000, UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004, ISO 27001 and UNE ISO 166002:2006.

The main objective is to bring research results within the same business reality, through the definition suitability of the following technological lines:

  • Methods and techniques to develop quality software, based on the methodology NDT (Navigational Development Techniques). The methodology NDT is one of the most important pillars of the group is specially designed to support the life cycle of the development of web-oriented software
  • Metrics for systematic validation of models, though the application of the principles of the Model- Driven Engineering (MDE), which provides a set of guidelines for structuring specifications expressed as models
  • Techniques of early testing by systematically generating test form the early stages of the life cycle and very focus on the navigational models.

In summary form, below are the principal competencies that the Group has acquired in recent years, thanks to the mandated works:

  • Application of :
    • Software methodologies, with a great knowledge and experience in methodological environments web oriented, as well as in agile methodologies (Scrum, TDD, ...)
    • Early testing techniques, in general, and web oriented.
    • Metrics for model systematic validation
    • Paradigm driven models of systems development and testing of applications.
  • Elicitation, definition, development/maintenance of web solutions multi-platforms and in the cloud computing.
  • Development of tools and methods to support the development and project management.
  • Systematic generation of test based on requirements engineering
  • Assurance of quality in the development of web solutions
  • Definition, design and development of business processes
  • Design process and product-oriented
  • Techniques of management and simulation projects for the help in the decision making

Our Activities and Capabilities

We have great experience in the context of requirements engineering and quality assurance in the development of systems and the generation and transformations of models within the MDE paradigm (Model Driven Engineering paradigm). The main research lines in IWT2 are:

  • Software methodologies oriented to web environments
  • Web System development
  • Early Testing application
  • Early Testing oriented to Web environment
  • Metrics for model systematic validation
  • Model Driven Paradigm in Web Engineering
  • Test systematic generation based on Requirements Engineering
  • Quality in web system development

One of the most important resources of IWT2 is NDT (Navigational Development Techniques). NDT is a model-driven Web methodology that was initially defined to deal with requirements in Web development, but our methodology can be applied in the development of any software application. NDT started with a goal oriented phase of requirements and defines a set of transformations to the generation of analysis models. Nowadays, NDT offers a complete support for the whole life cycle. This support is provided by a set of tools named NDT-SUITE . Recently, we have presented an article in The International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2012) on our suite of tools and finally, this paper has been accepted.

One of the main advantages of NDT is it is being used in the enterprise environment. In fact, NDT-Suite is currently being used in several projects by different companies, either public or privates, big or small. On the one hand, public companies such as The Andalusian Culture Government; The Andalusian Health Government; among others, are using NDT and NDT-Suite. On the other hand, also privates Andalusian ICT companies such as Everis, Telvent, Aliatis, Icosis, Guadaltel, Sadiel or Novasoft, among others, are using NDT in some of theirs projects.

We have great experience in the context of quality assurance in the development of systems and the generation and transformations of models within the MDE paradigm (Model Driven Engineering paradigm). In this sense, we have participated as a technical office of quality in many projects and we have provided support in project management in these projects.

In addition, we have experience in dissemination of project results. Our group has made a considerable number of research publications in the following conferences and journals. We highlight the following: JSS, TSE, AES, ISD, Models Congres, JWE, ICWE; among others.

On the other hand, we have participated in numerous projects with The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture. These projects have been developed in different Spanish Public Institutions. Below the most important projects of the last six years are indicated.

In 2005, our group participated in the project "Technical Assistance for Quality Monitoring and Quality Managing during the Development of the MOSAICO Project” (PRO-089). MOSAICO is an information system which includes all activities necessary for the Management of Cultural Heritage of Andalusia. This project was developed in The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture.

In 2006, we participated in two news projects of The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture. These projects were:

  • Study to check the compatibility between SIPHA and the System Catalog for Treatment of Generic Categorizations (PRO-089.1). In this collaboration, our research group carried out a comparative study to check the compatibility between two applications of great importance in The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture: SIPHA (Information System of the Andalusian Historical Heritage) and the System Catalog for Treatment of Generic Categorizations.
  • Study of the Scope of a Register of Archaeological Interventions (PRO-089.2). Through this collaboration, our research group helped to define the technological framework of a register of archaeological interventions in Andalusia. This technological framework was defined using our methodology: NDT methodology.

In 2007 and 2008, we participated in a new project with The Andalusian Regional Government's Public Enterprise for Management of Cultural Programs. This project was entitled: Creation of an Office of Quality Management for ICT projects of Cultural Administration (P050.1-07/E09). With this collaboration, our research group created an Office of Quality for ICT projects of Cultural Administration.

In 2010, we participated in several news projects with The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture:

  • Development of interfaces between applications E-Government and "Alfresco ECM" (tool of document management) (P030-10/E09).
  • Support for the Development of Electronic Administration in the MOSAICO System (P042-10/E09). MOSAICO system was mentioned above.

In 2011, we participated in two news projects with the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions. These projects were:

  • Project for the Development of a Technological Environment for the Construction and Maintenance of Information Systems and Project Management (1324/0439).
  • Project for the Review and Adaptation of Quality Management Tool for the Development of a Prototyping Module.

In addition, we participated in three news projects with The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture. These projects were:

  • Integration and configuration of software tools to provide support during quality management in the development of cultural projects.
  • Service to define and introduces the management of projects of information technologies during the development of cultural projects.
  • Modelling process for the MOSAICO system. MOSAICO is an information system which includes all activities necessary for the Management of Cultural Heritage of Andalusia.

Through the results of previous collaborations, the Ministry of Culture uses our methodology (NDT) in their development software. Our research group collaborates with the Ministry of Culture to research and develop new tools to ensure the methodological quality of software products developed.

Finally, in this year 2012, our group is participating in a new project with The Canarias Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture: Archivae Project. In this project, we are carrying out a survey about document management tools. In addition, we will collaborate with the implantation of the chosen tool. In addition, we are participated in news projects with The Andalusian Regional Government's Ministry of the Culture.

On the other hand, we are participating as researchers in the project NDTQ-Framework (TIC-5789). This project is financed by a project of excellence of The Andalusian Regional Government, Spain.

In addition, we have participated as researchers in the project QSimTest (Quality predictable and managed through simulation and testing techniques in early stages, TIN2007-67843-C06-03) [2007-2010]. This project was integrated into the project coordinated SOAQTest (Quality in the development and testing processes in service-oriented architecture). In this research, we are participating in a project in collaboration with the University of Oviedo and the University of Cádiz. Our group, IWT2, participates in the subproject TEMPROS (Early Testing and hybrid simulation models in the production of software) (TIN2010-20057-C03-02). This subproject is directed by Maria Jose Escalona Cuaresma. She is the director and the principal investigator of our research group, IWT2. Although these last projects are very focused on early testing and its connection with the project requirements, our research group has participated in previous projects that guarantee their research career in Software Engineering.

Thus, our research group has participated in the project DOLMEN (Distributed Objects Languages) and within this project, our research group has participated in the subproject MADEIRA (Methodologies and Architectures for Diffusion of Information through the Internet, TIC2000-1673-C06-03) [2000-2003]. In addition, we have participated in the following networks: Research Network on Digital Libraries and Text Recovering (TIC2000-1927-E), of this network emerged Digital Library Conference; Research Network on Software Engineering (TIC2000-2052-E), whose main result was the organization of the Conference about the Engineering Applied Requirements [200-2001]; and the Web-Oriented Program Software Technology (WEST) [2001-2003].

On the other hand, we have participated in other Spanish projects as the project "Advanced techniques for testing of applications services-based Web" (WebTest) (PCB-02-001) [2002-2004] or the NIDO project (Navigation and Interaction with the user in the development of Web information systems: methods, techniques and tools) (TIC 2003-369). These projects had allowed develop the NDT methodology (Navigational Development Techniques). This methodology provides a framework for specifying the navigation of software systems [2004-2006].

Recently, members of our research group (IWT2) have participated in other Spanish networks such as the Network of Development Model-Driven Software (TIN2008-00889-E/TIN) or the National Network of Testing RePris (TIN2007-30391-E).

Our International Relationships

We have collaborated with numerous international research groups. For several years, we maintain strong relationships with the universities of Munich (Germany), particularly with Nora Koch, and the University of Nice (France), particularly with the group directed by Jean Louis Cavarero. These relationships have produced several publications of interest in recent years. In these publications, Dr. Maria Jose Escalona Cuaresma (lead researcher in our research group) has made several stays predoctoral and postdoctoral. In addition, we have recently begun collaborating with the University of Montpellier (France), particularly with Clementine Nebuta. We have published with her a paper in Models Conference 2008. Also a member of our research group has done a predoctoral stay with Clementine Nebuta.

In recent years, Dr. Maria Jose Escalona (principal investigator of our research group) has also done postdoctoral stays at the following universities: University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Galway (Ireland) with the group of Michael Lang and the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) with the group of Piero Fraternali. In addition, we have written with Michael Lang a paper for the journal Information Systems Software and we have written with Piero Fraternali a paper about software testing for the journal ACM Transaction on Software Engineering.

In addition, we have done working stays with prestigious groups such as Gustavo Rossi's group at the National University of La Plata (Argentina) and Antonia Bertolino at the University of Pisa.






22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Seville, Spain, September 2-4, 2013

[Web Engineering and Early Testing (IWT2) Research Group] [Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática] [University of Seville]

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