A Glimpse Into The Future With Software Engineering

Dr Theodoros Arvanitis shed light on the advantages and disadvantages of model based & model driven approaches in Software Engineering at SOCIT’s Expert Series Forum

SOCIT welcomed Dr Theodoros Arvanitis, Head of the homonymous research laboratory, the School of Electronic, Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham; to speak on the advantages and disadvantages of the application of model based and model driven methodology in Software Engineering.

Software Engineering is said to require an innovative didactic approach to train new software engineers. A key component of any software engineering training programme is teaching students how to use models effectively to develop software that is correct, maintainable, dependable, efficient and usable. The discussion drew from specific examples from e-health systems, currently developed and evaluated.

During his talk, Dr Arvanitis listed a few advantages of the model based and driven approaches in Software Engineering including; increasing speed to the market, reducing cost of development and improving risk management. Another aspect of modeling is its capability to reduce the burden of software developers to correct errors in each step. Where modeling is applicable, it is mostly used in simulation to determine details to include in a programme and have it run seamlessly.

As with its positive traits, he also highlighted some disadvantages which include; increased time spent in modeling and the usability of generated code. Additionally, there is risk of placing the simulation tools in the hands of people who may not have adequate training.

Dr Arvanitis is also Reader in Biomedical Informatics, Signals and Systems. He has a substantial academic publication record and received research funding from national, European and international government funding agencies, charities and industry. His notable achievements are; fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Chartered Engineer at the Institute of Engineering and Technology since 2003.