Bachelor and Master Theses

Title: Effective ECSS series-compliant Quality Management via Process Modeling
Subject: Computer Science
Level: Advanced
Description: ECSS series provides a set of requirements to support space industries in modeling appropriate software development processes according to the required stringency dictated by the criticality level. This set of requirements deal with all aspects of space software engineering including requirements definition, design, production, verification and validation, transfer, operations and maintenance.
Since process modeling is a critical-activity, the aim of the thesis is to propose an approach for modeling processes in compliance with the ECSS series (focus on ECSS-E-ST-40C [1] and [1] ECSS-Q-ST-80C [2]), and OHB needs.

Tasks included:
- Studying background information useful to better grasp the problem as well as mastering means useful to build a solution:
o Getting familiar with life-cycles (processes) mandated by ECSS-E-ST-40C [1], ECSS-Q-ST-80C [2] and those used at OHB. The student is expected to focus on a specific phase of the Software Development Plan;
o Getting familiar with process modeling. This tasks will cover academic state of the art (e.g., SPEM2.0 [2], S-TunExSPEM[2], and/or others);
o Getting familiar with tool-supported process modeling (EPF Composer [5], and/or others);
- Investigating how to effectively model ECSS series -compliant safety processes;
- Providing a case-study.

Required outcome: A thesis report that includes:
- An analysis of the best practices in terms of process modeling within the space domain;
- An approach to model and tailor ECSS series -compliant process plans;
- A case study.


References to start with:
[1] ECSS-E-ST-40C , Space engineering. Software, March 2009.
[2] ECSS-Q-ST-80C, Space product assurance. Software product assurance, March 2009.
[3] OMG. Software & systems Process Engineering Meta-model (SPEM), v 2.0. Full Specification formal/08-04-01, Object Management Group, 2008.
[4] B. Gallina, K. R. Pitchai and K. Lundqvist. S-TunExSPEM: Towards an Extension of SPEM 2.0 to Model and Exchange Tuneable Safety-oriented Processes. 11th International Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management and Applications (SERA), SCI 496, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-00947-6, Prague, Czech Republic, August 7-9, 2013.
[5] https://eclipse.org/epf/
Company: IDT/OHB Sweden, kontaktperson: Anna Carlsson
Start date: 2017-01-16
Prerequisites: -DVA437 Safety Critical Systems Engineering (recommended); -Software engineering (recommended).
IDT supervisor: Barbara Gallina
barbara.gallina@mdh.se, 021-101631
Examinator: Kristina Lundqvist
Kristina Lundqvist
kristina.lundqvist@mdh.se, +46 (0)21 101428

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