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Making software better

Written by Mike Thee
February 16, 2010

Roshanak Roshandel, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, has received a $90,466 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, her first federal award, is for a project that could potentially help software developers design better products at lower costs.

“The goal of the project is to develop a novel approach to reliability analysis for software product line architectures,” says Roshandel. Product line architectures (PLAs), she explains, “are design models of a group of related software systems.”

Roshandel is seeking commonalities and variation points among software systems that can be reused among different products within a software product line. This, she says, “enables the design and development of high-quality software products while reducing the development costs.”

To conduct this research, Roshandel has assembled a team of four students—two undergraduates and two graduates—who are working with her to develop the requisite methodology and tools.