Monday, September 17, 2007

RiSE members visit Virginia Tech in Falls Church

On Friday, September 14th 2007, me (Liana Barachisio) and Daniel Lucrédio visited the Virginia Tech building in Falls Church, VA, to have a meeting with professors Bill Frakes and Gregory Kulzczycki. They briefly discussed their current research works, on formal methods being applied in reengineering, domain engineering (DARE process), tests, COTS, object-oriented metrics and code generation.

We also presented RiSE's works, like the Reuse Maturity Model, the Model Driven Reuse approach, component certification and testing and the RiSE tools – B.A.R.T., CORE, ToolDAy and LIFT. They were particularly interested in Lift, which is a tool for retrieving legacy systems information, aiding the system documentation, because of its results in a real project, and also because they are currently working with reengineering themselves.

Frakes was also interested in B.A.R.T.'s query reformulation work. Regarding the ToolDAy, even though the adopted process is different from DARE's, he liked to see that the tool is well developed and assembled, and said that DARE could use some of improvement in this aspect.

Frakes also gave us a more detailed presentation about the DARE environment. He also presented the main concepts and current trends on software reuse, and we were pleased to see that RiSE has relevant works in most of them.

Besides getting to know each other's works, another goal of this meeting was to find options for possible cooperations between RiSE and their research group at Virginia Tech. One of the suggestions is to pursue co-founded projects between us; another option is to send Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to Virginia Tech, to exchange ideas and experience, and vice-versa; we also discussed the possibility of joint development and tool integration. Since one of RiSE's goals is to develop practical tools for reuse, we could benefit from the experience of both groups to deliver good solutions to the industry.

The meeting ended with many possibilities, and the next step is to start defining concrete options and suggestions to make this collaboration happen.

1 comment:

Fred Durao said...

Good job Liana and Lucredio! These opportunities work out like thermometers to measure the quality of our ongoing work. Thus, if referenced names of the literature approved it, it indicates that we are in the right way! Congratulations to everybody!