Virtual Café

While all the research and teaching activities at the Institute of Computing will continue to happen in remote for the first half of 2021, we started to feel the need to have an informal meeting space for our lab, where we can just meet and have a talk. Also, because new students are being admitted in the Postgraduate Program, but they don’t have the opportunity to meet the other people of the lab.

Starting from last month we will have a periodic “Virtual Café”, a kind of extended coffee break in which we can keep updated on what other people are doing, or simply end the Friday afternoon together.

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We are happy to mention that this year LASER had a paper accepted at the 31st International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2020), one of the most important conferences on software reliability.

The conference was held completely in remote format, with a huge organization effort by the people from Coimbra that resulted in pleasant experience. The presentation followed a “flipped conference” model: attendees watched pre-recorded presentations before the conference and then had some time to ask questions to authors during the live event.

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Master’s Defense – Elder

Some days ago we celebrated the Master’s defense of Elder Rodrigues Jr., under the supervision of Prof. Leonardo. During his Master’s, Elder worked on a methodology and framework to manage coding conventions as structured models, and to automatically derive checkers by model transformation.

The defense was in remote format, due to the pandemic. Despite that, it originated a rich and interesting discussion with the members of the committee. The methodology proposed in his dissertation also generated two international publications, which confirm the quality of the work. Congratulations!

Best Paper at NOMS 2020

A paper by Breno received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2020), a well-known International event in the computer networks area.

The paper, entitled P4 Switch Code Data Flow Analysis: Towards Stronger Verification of Forwarding Plane Software, originated from a collaboration between LASER and the Computer Networks research group of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

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LASER at PRDC 2019

The 24th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing (PRDC 2019) was happening last week in the evocative city of Kyoto, Japan. The LASER group participated with the paper Towards a Structured Specification of Coding Conventions, presented by Leonardo in the “Software II” session.

The paper is part of the work carried out by Elder Rodrigues Jr. during his Master’s project, which focuses on simplifying the management and verification of coding conventions, using model-driven engineering techniques.

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LADC 2019 and ADVANCE Meeting in Natal

November has been an intense month in Natal, RN, as it hosted different events related to the computer systems community.

On days November 19th-21st, Natal hosted the 9th Latin-American Symposium on Dependable Computing (LADC 2019), the major event on systems dependability in the Central and South America regions. This year, LADC was co-located with the Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering (SBESC). LADC 2019 saw a strong participation of researchers from LASER, starting from the Program Committee, chaired by Leonardo together with Luciana Arantes from Sorbonne University.

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Visit of Regina Moraes

In October we received the visit of Prof. Regina Moraes, who spent a month with us working on the ADVANCE project. Regina worked for a long time at the Faculty of Technology of UNICAMP, in Limeira, but she is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Her expertise revolves around different aspects of dependability and fault tolerance, under a software engineering perspective. Currently, she is working on privacy aspects in large-scale cloud infrastructures, also due to the activities she is carrying out in the ATMOSPHERE project.

Keynote by Breno at MSSiS-CBSoft 2019

Breno is keynote speaker at the Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Software-Intensive Systems (MSSiS), one of the workshops of the 10th edition of The Brazilian Conference on Software: Theory and Practice (CBSoft 2019).

In his talk, he will discuss the role of simulation in software engineering research, and compile the existing processes and guidelines into a comprehensive life cycle.