Year 3 Summary
In the course of the first year the project has developed new models, methodologies and processes to guarantee security during software evolution. During the second year the SecureChange partners have consolidated these results into a conceptually integrated process and sharpened the project focus to address specific challenges from the industrial case studies of the project. The third and final year of the project focused on the industrial validation of the project results on the basis of real industrial scenarios in the domains of Air Traffic Management, Smart Cards Software Evolution, and Home Appliances.
Download the Year 3 Summary Report here, or read some quick facts below (after the break).
During the final year of the project, the industrial case studies supported a validation of the SecureChange artefacts. SecureChange results have been evaluated according to the validation criteria identified in previous years. The validation scenarios and exercises involved domain experts and case studies (i.e. ATM, HOMES and POPS). This allowed us to collect feedback drawn from relevant industrial experience, and to assess how SecureChange artefacts would fit current industrial practices. Deliverable D1.3 (Report on the Industrial Validation of SecureChange Solutions) reports and discusses the validation results.
Meanwhile, the technical work packages continued to refine the previously developed methodologies, algorithms and tools. As the industrial validation results were coming in during the year, the focus expanded to addressing the concerns raised in the domain experts' feedback. For detailed results, the project deliverables of Year 3 are now also available on the Deliverables page.
During the third year of SecureChange, the project partners delivered roughly 50 additional presentations and published more than 70 papers addressing different topics of the project (13 journals articles, 53 conference/workshop publications; 4 books or book chapters and more reports), delivered several tutorials, tool demos and invited talks. Altogether during the entire span of SecureChange, project partners have developed 8 courses and additionally 8 lectures where SecureChange results were integrated. In addition, there are 21 PhD theses which have been completed or close to completion – all of which are centred around research topics of SecureChange. Project partners have been very active in developing research prototype tools to provide feasibility study and practical validation of the scientific results. SecureChange proudly announces that as many as 8 tools have been developed completely within the scope of the project, while an additional pre-existing 9 tools have been continued to be developed. Most project tools - the Move Tool, the SecMer tool (and the underlying engines EMF-IncQuery and OpenArgue), the CARISMA tool, etc. have been made available on the web and there is a significant interest in their usage. The Rinforzando Tool developed by Thales is now in the process of de-risking for direct adoption in production environment. The results on the EvoTest tool by SmartTesting have been ported to the production environment. The promising results of the SecureChange integrated process have contributed to the foundation of a spin-off company: QE LaB Business Services GmbH (http://www.qe-lab.com/).
Read more about the overall progress of the project in the Year 3 Project Summary.