The SERENE 2008 workshop is an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the advances in Software Engineering for Resilient Systems. SERENE 2008 views resilient systems as open distributed systems that have capabilities to dynamically adapt, in a predictable way, to unexpected and harmful events, including faults and errors.
According to Nicolas Guelfi, Chair of the ERCIM Working Group SERENE, “Engineering such systems is a challenging issue which needs urgent attention from and combined efforts by people working in various domains. Achieving this objective is a very complex task, since it implies reasoning explicitly and in a consistent way about systems functional and non-functional characteristics.”
SERENE advocates the idea that resilience should be explicitly included into traditional software engineering theories and practices and should become an integral part of all steps of software development. As current software engineering practices tend to either capture only normal behaviour, or to deal with all abnormal situations only at the late development phases, new software engineering methods and tools need to be developed to support explicit handling of abnormal situations through the whole software life cycle. Moreover, every phase of the software development process needs to be enriched with the phase-specific resilience means.
ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research institutes from nineteen European countries are members of ERCIM.
SERENE 2008 co-Chairs: Nicolas Guelfi (University of Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG), Henry Muccini (University of L'Aquila, ITALY), Patrizio Pelliccione (University of L'Aquila, ITALY), Alexander Romanovsky (Newcastle University, UK)