The Open University has been awarded an Integrated Project (IP) in the EU's Framework 7 Program (Future and Emerging Technologies). The total budget of the project is about 7 million EUR, with the OU's share being 750,000 EUR. The project has several open Postdoc and PhD positions to be filled.
Jan Jurjens and Bashar Nuseibeh (OU, Computing) have been awarded an Integrated Project (IP) in the EU's Framework 7 Program, within the Future and Emerging Technologies call. The title of the project is: Security Engineering for lifelong Evolvable Systems (Secure Change). The total budget of the project is about 7 million EUR, with the OU's share being 750,000 EUR.<br /><br/><br/><br />There is growing demand to evolve systems continuously to meet changing business needs, new regulations and policies, novel technologies and computing infrastructures. Unfortunately, the pace of required change affects developers' ability to establish and maintain desirable levels of quality of systems. Therefore, the aim in this project is to develop techniques and tools that ensure"lifelong"compliance to security, privacy and dependability requirements of long-running evolving software systems. This is challenging because these requirements are not necessarily preserved by system evolution. The project will develop processes and tools that support design techniques for evolution, testing, verification, re-configuration and local analysis of evolving software. The project will focus on mobile devices and homes, which offer both great research challenges and long-term business opportunities. The results will be continuously validated jointly with key industry players.<br /><br/><br/><br />Jan Jurjens and Bashar Nuseibeh will be working on the project (in which the OU has the role of Research Director) in collaboration with other leading European universities, research institutes, and companies including University of Trento (Italy, coordinator), University of Innsbruck (Austria), SINTEF (Norway), INRIA (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), Budapest UTE (Hungary), Gemalto (France), Thales (France), Telefonica R and D(Spain), Smartesting (France), and Deep Blue (Italy).<br />