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Department of Computer Science News

Dr. Jonahan Maletic Awarded $250,073 in $2M NSF MRI Consortium Grant

Posted Sep. 2, 2010

Dr. Jonathan I. Maletic, Professor and Interim Chair, was part of a research team granted a $2M National Science Foundation Award.  The project is entitled "MRI-R2 Consortium: Development of a Software Traceability Instrument to Facilitate and Empower Traceability Research and Technology Transfer, CNS 09-59924", and is described further below. The work is a consortium between DePaul University in Chicago, The College of William & Mary, and Kent State University.  Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang is the lead PI from DePaul and Dr. Denys Poshyvanyk is the co-PI from William & Mary.   Prof. Maletic received $250,073 of the $2M total. 

MRI-R2 Consortium: Development of a Software Traceability Instrument to Facilitate and Empower Traceability Research and Technology Transfer, CNS 09-59924

Software traceability helps to assure that an as-built system correctly implements all requirements by supporting change impact assessment, re-engineering of applications, and other critical software engineering activities. Unfortunately, numerous case studies have highlighted the difficulties of implementing successful traceability processes. These difficulties have created a compelling research agenda that has led to new discoveries and advances which improve the reliability, safety, and security of IT systems at both the systems and software level. Despite such early successes, technology transfer is hampered by the lack of a shared research infrastructure. This project will therefore develop a software traceability instrument designed to empower future traceability research, through facilitating innovation and creativity, increasing collaboration between traceability researchers, decreasing the startup costs and effort of new traceability research projects, and fostering technology transfer. This instrument will lay the foundation for future advances in the field of traceability, and has the potential to accelerate and shape future research in this area.