Spread of Excellence (SoE-1)
Motivation and Results
S-Cube was aware that the long term integration of research requires enhancing synergies, pooling expertise in favour of clear strategic options that are the expressing of the needs and objectives of research identified in S-Cube not only in conjunction with S-Cube beneficiaries but also external communities. As a result, S-Cube members were highly committed to disseminating and creating awareness of S-Cube results. This involved dissemination activities within the academic and industrial research community, as well as communities of practitioners. In addition, this activity involved the set-up of a Virtual Campus on software services and systems, to ensure the uptake and awareness of S-Cube results already during university teaching and courses.
Results of the “spreading of excellence” activity include:
- S-Cube Web Portal: The web portal evolved to a valuable access point for research on software services research. 453 users (including members) have registered for the S-Cube Web Portal. At the time of reporting, the portal achieved a Google page rank of 6/10.
- Publications: Throughout the course of the network, S-Cube members published over 250 papers in international conferences, journals, and workshops. This includes over 30 journal papers published in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ACM Transactions on Web, IEEE Software, Enterprise Information Systems, Automated Software Engineering, IEEE Internet Computing, Information and Software Technology Journal, Automated Software Engineering.
- The S-Cube Book: The book – titled “Service Research Challenges and Solutions for the Future Internet - S-Cube – Towards Engineering, Managing and Adapting Service-Based Systems” was devised in response to the evolution of the Internet from a source of information to a critical infrastructure that underpins economies and everyday life. It presents the foundations, vision, first results and future work in the area of software services as addressed by S-Cube in response to the challenges presented by the Internet of Services.
- Service Engineering: European Research Results: S-Cube members worked together on compiling a book to cover the outcomes of the EC’s SSAIE Service Engineering Collaborative Working Group (CWG). The objective of the CWG was the development of a joint research agenda for the area of Service Engineering through collaboration in seven areas: the specification of services, service composition engineering, service engineering methodology, autonomic service adaptation, service testing and simulation, service governance techniques and engineering techniques for human provided services.
- Springer LNCS: Service Science Subline: To promote the discipline of Service Science, Management & Engineering, the S-Cube Network of Excellence together with Springer has created a LNCS subline providing a shared dissemination channel for the results of the EC’s FP7 research and development projects. Since the subline was conceived at the start of the S-Cube, it has been responsible for ten publications.
International Leading Conferences: S-Cube was strongly committed to the organization of premier research conferences. S-Cube co-organized ICSOC and ServiceWave, two international leading conferences on software services. ICSOC, the International Conference on Service Oriented Computing, is the leading forum to report and share progressive and guiding works in the domain of service oriented computing. ICSOC brings together experts from a multitude of disciplines, for instance, business process management, distributed systems, service science, and software engineering. The ServiceWave conference series established the premier European forum for researchers, educators and industrial practitioners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in Software Services (or the “Future of the Internet of Services”) and related underlying network technologies.
- Organization of Workshops and Conferences: With the objective of offering opportunities to European researchers coming from academia, industry, and interested application communities to communicate problems, requirements and solutions within different areas, and to exchange working experiences, S-Cube members organized or participated in the organization of over 40 high profile, international conferences, workshops, sessions and summer schools including ICSOC and ServiceWave, as well as workshop series such as MONA+, PESOS, WESOA, SHARK, BSME, WAS4F, and industry workshops. S-Cube dedicated its last workshop, S-Cube@ICSE, to the presentation of its achievements and the discussion on future research challenges.
- Presentations: The S-Cube network members gave over 150 presentations at international conferences, EU related events, companies, and national research bodies. In addition, approximately 50 keynotes and invited talks were given at prestigious international conferences and events.
- IMSE Program: S-Cube was aware of the quickly growing need for new multi-disciplinary teaching programmes focussed on Service Engineering. Thus, S-Cube installed a new two-year Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Service Engineering, named the International Master in Service Engineering (IMSE). The marriage between the research-oriented Network of Excellence S-Cube and the educational programme IMSE was highly synergistic. IMSE is a perfect vehicle for sharing S-Cube’s scientific insights with the upcoming generation of new software service engineers. Additionally, the combination of the S-Cube Knowledge Model and the S-Cube Virtual Campus provides the knowledge backbone of IMSE: a virtual environment where scholars, lecturers and students share lecture slides, notes, articles, white papers, contacts, etc. Last, but not least, the SSAIE Summer School becomes an essential educational component in IMSE’s programme.
- Collaboration with EC SSAIE Projects: S-Cube strongly contributed to collaboration between EC funded projects (i.e., FP-6 and FP-7 projects), specifically by chairing and contributing to the SSAIE Collaboration Working Groups (CWGs). CWGs are considered by the EC as a main vehicle for achieving collaboration and durable links between European projects in the area of software and services. S-Cube participated in seven CWG working groups, and led three of them. In addition, S-Cube was among the projects that actively shaped the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) and endorsed the “Bled declaration”.
- Virtual Campus and Learning Packages: The Virtual Campus offers differentiated curricula in the field of service-based computing in connection with distributed software development, e-business, e-government and e-learning applications. It aims to use a flexible combination of communication and collaboration technologies to encourage and facilitate knowledge exchange, news circulation, debate, feedback to support the interaction and dissemination in the community of Software Services and Systems. The Virtual Campus provides a wide collection of learning packages organized along the S-Cube Integrated Research Framework. In total, there is a collection of 42 Learning Packages covering 12 research topics. S-Cube’s Virtual Campus is one of the primary long-lasting artefacts of S-Cube to be exploited to foster a European-wide professional learning society.
- Collaboration with Industry (specifically NESSI): NESSI is the Networked European Software and Services Initiative and European Technology Platform (ETP) dedicated to Software and Services. S-Cube established strong links with NESSI partners through various mechanisms. The members of S-Cube’s Industrial Advisory Board were representatives from NESSI partner organizations. In addition, S-Cube collaborated with NESSI to organize sessions during NESSI Project Summit events. One major session was held at the NESSI Project Summit co-located with the Future Internet Assembly in Valencia, Spain.
- Summer Schools: Summer schools and training activities constitute an important means to spread excellence across communities. S-Cube has organized five summer school and training workshops of an international and interdisciplinary character. These workshops helped forge a new research community on Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME). Through the participation of distinguished experts and professionals from leading academic, research and industrial organizations in the SSAIE summer schools, the summer school promotes the exchange of ideas and helps participants — in particular young researchers and practitioners — to network and start new cooperative research projects.
This activity (SoE-1) was coordinated by Tilburg University.