Empirical Standards for Software Engineering Research

As a great collaborative effort involving several software engineering researchers, Prof. Paul Ralph (Dalhousie University) organized this ACM SIGSOFT Paper and Peer Review Quality Initiative to define empirical standards for research methods commonly used in software engineering.

The idea is to have the empirical standards as living documents, which should be continuously revised to reflect evolving consensus around research best practices, promoting research quality, and making peer review more effective, reliable, transparent, and fair.

Prof. Breno de França (LASER/IC-UNICAMP) contributed with the standards on quantitative simulation together with Prof. Nauman Bin Ali (BTH/Sweden) and Prof. Dietmar Pfahl (University of Tartu/Estonia).

Other contributions include standards for controlled experiments, case studies, surveys, and others.

Link for the report explaining the motivation and methodology for generating the standards: https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.03525

Github repo with the standards: https://github.com/acmsigsoft/EmpiricalStandards

New book on Empirical Software Engineering Research

We are glad to announce the most complete book on Empirical Software Engineering has been recently launched in printed and electronic formats.

So far, it has received very positive feedback on the book from the software engineering community. And, it will be presented in this year’s International Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN) meeting.

The book includes several chapters on topics like design science, research synthesis, open science, experiments, and gray literature. These are contributions of international researchers dedicated to investigating how to improve research in software engineering.

Breno (LASER member) contributes with a chapter on the role of simulation-based studies in software engineering research, in collaboration with Nauman Bin Ali from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden).

Take a look and enjoy!

We are happy to inform you! CBSoft 2020

This year, LASER members have four papers accepted in CBSoft 2020!

CBSoft is the greatest Brazilian conference on software engineering and will be entirely virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Accepted works focus on three areas of interest in the laboratory: software architecture, continuous software engineering, and adaptive systems.

SBCARS 2020:

  • Jorge Luiz Machado da Silva, Breno de França, Cecilia Rubira. Generating Trustworthiness Adaptation Plans Based on Quality Models for Cloud Platforms
  • Daniel Apolinário, Breno de França. Towards a method for monitoring the coupling evolution of microservice-based architectures

SBES 2020 – Innovative Ideas and Emerging Results:

  • Jorge Luiz Machado da Silva, Breno de França, Cecilia Rubira. Generating Adaptation Plans Based on QualityModels for Cloud Platforms

SBES 2020 – Tools:

  • Gabriel Augusto Destro, Breno de França. Mining Software Repositories for the Characterization of Continuous Integration and Delivery

Congratulations for the authors!

Prof. Cecília Rubira awarded as Honored Researcher in 2020

We are happy to announce the Steering Committee of the Special Commission on Software Engineering (CG-CEES) of the Brazilian Computing Society (SBC) awarded Prof. Cecília as the Honored Researcher in 2020! The award will be delivered during the CBSoft in October 2020.

This award represents all relevant contributions for Software Engineering research in Brazil and internationally, as well as all the supervisions that led to new researchers in the field. The last three researchers awarded as Honored Researcher are responsible for selecting the current one. To see all the past honored researchers follow this link:

Finally, Prof. Cecília Rubira is selected as one of the Keynote Speakers in SBES 2021! Also, a great honor.

Congratulations, Prof. Cecília! A pleasure and honor to have you as a member of LASER!

LASER (Laboratory for Software Engineering and Reliability) is a research lab of the Institute of Computing at UNICAMP. Involving both theoretical and applied research, the LASER is interested in topics having a high impact on the Software and Systems Engineering research communities, as well as their application and transference to Industry.

Areas of Interest
Software Architecture and Microservices
Continuous Software Engineering (Agile, DevOps, and Lean)
Experimental Software Engineering
Model-Driven Engineering (MDA/MDE)
Software Testing (Performance, Robustness, and Security)
Performance and Dependability Evaluation
Fault-tolerant/Resilient Systems

Here, we have a presentation about lab activities (Portuguese only).