The SVV Lab is hiring!

As mentioned in the title, our group is hiring great and highly motivated PhD Students with a strong background in Software engineering (Model-driven Engineering, Software testing, Search-Based software Engineering, Business-process Modeling, data mining, software analysis, etc.) willing to contribute to the research activities of the group in one of its projects in the following areas: testing of critical systems, analytics and decision support in FinTech (technology for Financial Services) and RegTech (technology for regulatory compliance and legal conformance).

More on the following link: phd-thesis-svv-lab

Nicolas Sannier (
Mehrdad Sabetzadeh (

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When summer rhymes with …

Proposals! Submitted three partnership proposals during July and August … Fingers crossed now.

Submissions! (part 1) Fortunately, I did not submitted to ICSE. Like it or not, ICSE is not my favorite place. I acknowledge it is the place to be. It is the place to present your ideas and meet people. But it is not the place where Legal requirements, legal compliance, and more generally requirements engineering has a true chance to go in. And, to be honest, if we have a look to the trend of papers that were accepted in the last years, it is not really encouraging, for me at last.

Submissions! (part 2) For RE matters, better consider REFSQ 2017 that will be in Essen next year! Submission deadlines are approaching. Abstract are due on Sept. 26th, full papers on Oct. 3rd!

Hope to see you there! REFSQ 2017

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Back from Sweden

It was a pretty nice week in Sweden. Actually, I was fearing cold temperatures but the weather was really smooth during the week.

So, back from REFSQ !

It was, as usual, a very nice moment, with an exceptional end of conference as our paper received the best paper award of the conference. I was considering to keep that information secret to the folks in Luxembourg, but, eventually, the secret did not survive more than one hour … to bad.

Apart from this, I’ve learned to love and hate the definitive expression of the conference. Thanks to Sarah Gregory from Intel, we’ve learned that the best answer a requirements analyst can provide in terms of tools or solutions recommandation is … “It depends !” This conference should be held some in Normandy, it would fit perfectly to the cliché of people from Normandy always saying (“ptet ben qu’oui, pet ben qu’non”, maybe yes, maybe no) 😀

It reminds me of this (pretty old) paper from Dan Berry “the inevitable pain of software development: why there is no silver bullet” (2002) (link) and why at IREB, and in the few lessons I gave, the most important thing is to provide a toolbox whose tools will provide the right (instead of good) means for a given situation.

Hope to get back soon with pretty other news. It will depend of so many things.

Before I close this post, please consider to submit at the beginning of Fall to REFSQ 2017 🙂

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