Quality Software Engineering (QSE) Research
Quality Software Engineering (QSE) Research at the TU Wien,
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (IFS),
conducts research, provides teaching,
and offers consulting services in
the following areas:
- Software Engineering: We develop, analyze
and improve structured processes (e.g., Unified Process, Spiral
Model) for the development of software systems in development teams
of various sizes.
- Project Management: We search for and improve
practicable and robust methods for the management of software development
projects. Special emphasis lies on decision-making for problems
involving multi-criteria objective and cost functions (e.g., planning
of quality assurance steps during development).
- Quality Management: We invest research
effort into the development and empirical evaluation of feasible,
effective and efficient techniques for the improvement of software
quality (e.g., software inspections and testing).
- Risk Management: We combine and extend
concepts from the previous areas to identify risk management approaches
and risk assessment methods for a variety of risks potentially threatening
project success (e.g., IT security).
especially current, focus points of our work are:
- Empirical Software Engineering: Sound research
in process-oriented fields like software development requires empirical
studies (i.e., controlled experiment in academic environments and
case studies in cooperation with industry partners) to evaluate
the potential improvements from changes to process parameters.
- Value-oriented Software Engineering: We
develop and propose an interdisciplinary approach towards software
development. Important research areas that we consider for this
purpose are economics (e.g., valuation concepts), statistics (e.g.,
heuristic optimization techniques) and organizational behavior (e.g.,
negotiations and group decision-making).
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