All posts by Anita Moe Larsen

The Fifth General Assembly hosted by EGM in Nice, 2017

During 11-12 May 2017, Easy Global Markets (EGM) hosted the fifth general assembly (GA) of U-Test project in the beautiful city Nice, France. During the two-day meeting, U-Test consortium members reviewed the suggestions from the second-year project review in Brussels, carefully synchronized the planning for the on-going work packages, and successfully made agreements on key steps in the last project year.

In April, the work efforts from the whole consortium during the second year were rewarded with very positive results from the second-year project review in Brussels. Therefore, the GA in Nice is a good chance for the project members to review the comments and suggestions from the second-year project review. All the comments and suggestions have been addressed thoroughly and reflected clearly into the on-going tasks of each work package. After the first two years, a strong foundation of research results, standardization initiatives, and tool chains for technology transfer has been created.

The project is now in the third year where the exploitation activities are prioritized to promote the testing tool chains to be adopted by industry. Especially, the commercialized testing tool chains U-CertifyIt developed by EGM could be offered to large CPS vendors/integrators and specialized SMEs that are part of the value chain for large CPS vendors. Indeed, the entire U-Test consortium is keeping up the momentum of good work in all active work packages with a strong focus on supporting the technology transfer and exploitation activities. All the tasks had been discussed among the consortium members for synchronization and optimization with agreements.

The fifth general assembly of U-Test consortium was successful. We had made agreements among all the partners on the key steps until end of 2017, to finish the project strongly with the focus on exploitation activities in the last project year. Many thanks to all the participants, and especially the great hospitality by EGM in Nice, France!

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U-test third General Assembly in San Sebastián – co-hosted by and ULMA Handling System and IK4-IKLERLAN

U-Test, third general assembly meeting held on 23-25 May 2016 at IK4-IKLERLAN facilities in San Sebastián, Spain. Consortium members, gathered to review and evaluate work in progress and thrive further towards achieving overall project objectives.

The main purpose of the meeting was to review work in progress, achievement of key milestones and plan activities for next 3 – 6 months.

Started in Jan 2015, as of June 2016, the project has reached half way where several work packages are running in parallel and inter dependently. The modelling of use cases and proposing new test strategies is led by research partners Simula Research Laboratory, Fraunhofer Focus and Technical University of Vienna. The industrial partner, Easy Global Markets, is implementing the research results in the modelling and test generation tool CertifyIT and at the same time transferring knowledge to demonstrator sites ULMA handling system and Nordic Medtest for real world test executions, whereas the demonstration sites are developing the pre-requisite infrastructure for test executions.  Furthermore the end customer representing organisations,   FpX, Oslo Medtech, Nordic Medtest, ULMA handling systems and IK4-IKLERLAN are in close collaboration with Easy Global Markets to strategies a successful commercial exploitation of U-Test project results.

The general assembly meeting had perfect timing where the consortium reviewed  all aspects of project execution, any risks that might delay achievement of critical milestones and  a comprehensive contingency plan.

In general, the meeting was successful and a project execution plan for six months ahead has been agreed. Thanks to all the participants and the great hospitality by IIK4-IKLERLAN facilities in San Sebastián.

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U-Test representation at the OMG technical meeting Orlando, Florida, USA

The U-Test team was well represented at the Object Management Group (OMG) technical meeting took place in Orlando, Florida, USA from June 24 to June 24, 2016.

Three presentations were given at the OMG meeting. First presentation was given by Marc-Florian Wendland from Fraunhofer Fokus to the Analysis and Design Task Force (ADTF).

His presentation was on the revised version of the UML Testing Profile (UTP) V.2. It was decided that the UTP V.2 will be voted for adoption in December 2016’s OMG technical meeting.  The second presentation was given by Tao Yue from Simula to the ADTF group. She presented the initial version of the Request for Information (RFI) for the new Uncertainty Modeling standard. The follow-up is that the voting on issuance of RFI will take place in September 2016’s OMG technical meeting. The third presentation was given by Shaukat Ali from Simula to the SE DSIG meeting and System Modeling Assessment & Roadmap WG meeting. The focus was on the presentation of the UML Uncertainty Profile.

There was an interest to investigate the incorporation of Uncertainty Measurement model libraries to the future SysML standard.

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U-Model presentation at ECMFA 2016, Vienna, Austria

U-Model presentation at ECMFA 2016, Vienna, Austria

Man Zhang from Simula presented the following research paper: “Understanding Uncertainty in Cyber-Physical Systems: A Conceptual Model”. The paper presented the uncertainty conceptual model for cyber-physical systems (U-Model) that was developed in WP1.

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Presentation of U-Test results at the De-CPS 2016 Workshop

The U-Test project was one of the H2020 CPS projects that was represented at the Workshop Challenges and New Approaches for Dependable and Cyber-Physical System Engineering (De-CPS 2016). The title of the presentation was “Tacking Uncertainty in Cyber-Physical Systems with Automated Testing”.

The aim of the workshop was to exchange results and ideas from the ongoing H2020 CPS projects. Several projects participated in the workshop including INTO-CPS, AXIOM, and PROXIMA. The results of U-Test achieved so far were presented during the workshop in addition to the presentation of the request of information for initiating the standardization of U-Taxonomy.

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All projects in one place during CPS Week in Vienna – Artemis Spring Event 2016

CPS Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems. It brings together four top conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, and RTAS, three summits, six tutorials, 21 workshops, a localization competition and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. Artemis added their Spring Event to this and we all met at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.

The second day of the ARTEMIS Spring Event is organized by the Horizon2020 project Road2CPS in collaboration with ARTEMIS-IA and the European Commission. ‘Smart Cyber-Physical Systems – EC Clustering Event’ is the theme of the second day and bring together about 150 experts from academia, industry and policy-making to learn about and discuss highlights of Cyber-Physical Systems projects from Horizon2020 and ARTEMIS. The event was particularly set to foster exchange on and creating synergies regarding CPS innovation
perspectives and generating strategies for the future.

Waqar15 different projects are funded under the European Community’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme in the area of Smart Cyber-Physical Systems. All projects gave a short introduction and status of where they were in terms of time and deliverables. U-test was there and Hong-Linh Troung did a good job presenting the project, while also Waqar Ahmed and Anita Moe Larsen attended the conference.

We had plenty of time to interact with the people representing the other projects, and it was a learning experience for all participants. With our maxed out poster, we had good visibility and stood out from the crowd.

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U-Test project presented at the 12th Advances in Model based Testing (A-MOST) Workshop

As a keynote speaker at the 12th edition of the A-MOST Workshop in Chicago, Tao Yue gave a presentation entitled: “Model Based Testing of Cyber-Physical Systems in Practice: Challenges, results, future directions from multiple projects”. Her talk summarises the results from various industrial applications of Model-Based Testing (MBT) over last several years and cover diverse MBT methodologies ranging from requirements-driven MBT to UML state machine based MBT.

The work of U-Test project was also highlighted in Tao’s presentation. A-MOST is a workshop that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the topic of Model Based Testing. This year as usual, A-MOST is co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST).

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Workshop: Software and System Engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) on January 26th!

2 Talks about U-Test at the workshop “Software and System Engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS): technical challenges and collaboration opportunities” organized in Toulouse (France) the 26th of January 2016 by CPSE-Labs, SysML France and the French CNRS (GDR GPL).

The workshop, offered as a Satellite Event of the Embedded Real Time Software And Systems (ERTS) Congress 2016, gathers representatives of academia and industries interested in rigorous design of CPS, and aims to clarify the current technical challenges and solutions regarding  software and system engineering for CPS.

The 2 talks about U-Test introduce the uncertainty modeling and model-based testing for CPS, and are provided by Bran Selic (Simula) and Fabien Peureux (EGM) respectively.

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Workshop in Berlin – in depth discussions on Uncertainty Modelling Framework (UMF)

Workshop in Berlin – 19-20 January 2016.

All the partners of U-Test project gave their collaborative work a big boost in the beginning of 2016 with an important project meeting/workshop on 19-20 January 2016 in Berlin.

The main purpose of the meeting was for having more in-depth discussion on modelling the two case studies to reach an agreement for the Uncertainty Modelling Framework (UMF).

The meeting agenda also reserved time for discussing the contents of the deliverable for work package 2 (UMF), an initial plan for the related work packages WP3, WP4, and the next activities.

During the two-day meeting, all the participants actively contributed greatly and we reached decisions – the workshop fulfilled its purpose.

The two case studies were presented and discussed extensively and research partners presented their modelling solutions and techniques.

The models specifying one of the case studies were proposed and discussed in details.

After constructive discussions, all partners came to an agreement on the approach and the next steps to proceed.

Later in the second day, the remaining items of the meeting had been discussed and concluded.

In general, the meeting was successful, thanks to all the participants and the great hosts at Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin. Thanks to everyone that contributed!

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