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.

Flying to China

A delegation of students from the Institute of Computing (IC) has just come back from a research visit to DiDi Chuxing in Beijing, China. DiDi is a Chinese company offering app-based transportation services, and it has recently aquired the Brazilian company behind 99 (formerly 99 Taxi).

Six students from IC-UNICAMP and six from Poli-USP were invited to spend some days at the DiDi premises in Beijing. Visiting students were involved in workshops, a hackathon, and other activities revolving around the topic of intelligent transportation. The delegation from IC-UNICAMP was led by Prof. Breno de França, head of the LASER research group, and included the participation of Sheila Venero, PhD student from our group.

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Visit of Dr. Andrea Ceccarelli

In July we received the visit of Dr. Andrea Ceccarelli, from the University of Florence, Italy. Andrea was visiting UNICAMP for three weeks, as part of the ADVANCE project. His main research interests are the design, monitoring and experimental evaluation of critical and secure systems and systems of systems.

As part of his visit, Andrea held a seminar entitled On anomaly-based intrusion detection: from algorithms evaluation to algorithms selection, in which he discussed ongoing work on evaluating and selecting anomaly detection algorithms in the security domain.

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Working on Automated Adaptation at Carnegie Mellon University

The last months have seen an intense collaboration between LASER and the ABLE research group from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA.

Sheila Venero, PhD student from LASER, and her supervisor, Prof. Cecília Rubira, spent a period there to work on the topic of automated adaptation and automated planning. Sheila’s PhD exchange was funded by the Santander Scholarships Program, for a duration of four months.

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Lucas Leal, currently PhD student at LASER, just came back from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, where he presented a paper at the IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2019).

The paper, titled The SAMBA Approach for Self-Adaptive Model-Based Online Testing of Services Orchestrations, is the result of a collaboration with the University of Firenze, Italy, where he will also enroll for a double degree (duplo-diploma) PhD course.

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Talk by Dr. András Vörös

On last Friday we received the visit of Dr. András Vörös from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, who gave a talk on his research activities. The talk addressed various aspect of the modeling and verification of embedded systems, using model-driven techniques.

András and the Fault-Tolerant Systems Research Group are part of the recently started ADVANCE project, in which the LASER team is also involved. As part of his work on the project, András is spending one month in Brazil, working with researchers of INPE in São José dos Campos (SP) and in Natal (RN).