The Centre proposed seven specific projects in 2012 and 2013.
Two of these were funded by ABB Corporate Research Center India and the global corporate software engineering research program of ABB, contributing to funding both our collaborators in Bangalore and research at RMIT in Melbourne:
- Engineering Tools Product Line Architecture Requirements
- Collaborative Engineering
In addition, for platform architecture aspects, Professor Schmidt is co-investigator in a successful multi-disciplinary USAID grant Decision support tool kit for climate-smart seaports in the Pacific with researchers of the Climate Change Adaptation Program of the RMIT School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (SCECE).
Furthermore, the architectural design of our distributed collaboration platform Virtual Interoperation Testing Laboratory and the analysis of various use cases overlaps all three major themes.
Engineering Tools Product Line Architecture Requirements
Work on this project (at RMIT) was completed in 2013 with a final review during an October 2013 visit to Bangalore and final acceptance and approval by the sponsor in 2014. This project provided methodological research support for an ABB product line case study, gathered resources and delivered a vision/concept for a longer term research activity. Approaches included reverse architecting systems of systems from sparse documentation and measurements of binary executions to capture various functional and non-functional properties of such systems relevant to consolidating reusable architecture elements.
The Collaborative Engineering project explores means for supporting digital collaboration between distributed sites such as production plants for development, operation, maintenance, and services. The RMIT portion of the project has started in late 2013 and is currently funded until August 2014 with AUD 80,000 by the ABB Corporate Research Centre in Bangalore, India. Scientific challenges addressed in collaborative engineering comprise security and confidentiality issues, which are targeted using semantic interpretation and visualisation of collaboration data and formal plant models and exploratory means. In addition to this, the project develops a collaboration show case based on open system software.
Virtual Interoperation Testing Laboratory – Architecture
Stage 1 of the development was largely completed and the requirements and design of Stage 2 started at the end of 2013. This platform is highlighted in more detail in the following section of this report.
The architectural design of this platform in collaboration with IT Services and other relevant stakeholder inside and outside RMIT provided a hands-on case across all three programs of the Centre in two ways:
- Application of our research expertise in the analysis and architectural design of this eResearch collaboration platform;
- Tailoring this eResearch platform from requirements gathering to deployment and operation, for use in short-term to long-term industry-focused and industry-driven research.