The UCASE Software Engineering Research Group, which was founded in the University of Cádiz in 2011, focuses on all aspects of Software Engineering and its domain-specific areas. It consists of 16 members, including senior, junior researchers, and research assistants. UCASE, whose members have enjoyed research stays in such diverse places as the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, or Austria, has an international projection with strong links to other research groups in Spain, Germany and United Kingdom.
UCASE members regularly publish papers in international journals, conferences and symposia, as well as contribute with invited talks, peer-reviewing, conference organisation, and other services to the research community. Our research interests include Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE), Software Verification and Validation (V&V), Software Testing, Optimization Problems, Web Service Compositions, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE), Model-Driven Development (MDD), Complex Event Processing (CEP), Event-Driven Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA 2.0), Context-Awareness, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Decision Making.
We have led numerous competitive research projects, among others, MoDSOA, DArDOS and FAME, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and European funds (ERDF), and SmartHealthyPort supported by the International Campus of Excellence in Marine Science (CEIMAR). Besides, we have participated in other projects, networks and proposals led by other research groups, such as H2020 European projects. As a consequence, we have developed a wide array of software tools to support our research, such as MuBPEL, GAmeraHOM, Rodan, nITROGEN, COLLECT, CARED-SOA, MEdit4CEP, EView4CEP, and TextEdit4CEP, some of which have been made available as free software or open-source software. In addition, we lead the Spanish Excellence Network in Search-Based Software Engineering (SEBASENet).
Regarding transfer activities, we have participated in contracts ranging from expert reports and specialised technical consulting to software development and data analysis, in such broad areas as Banking, Aerospace, and Defence.
As for our mid and long term interests, we are ready to transfer research results from Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE), Software Testing, and Real-Time Big Data Analytics, combining CEP, SOA 2.0, IoT and MDD with advanced user interfaces, to several target application areas. These areas include e-Health, Smart Cities, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0, to help decision making and address the ever-changing challenges of our society.
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