Centre for Software Reliability

What is CSR?

The Centre for Software Reliability (CSR) at City University is an independent Research Centre in the School of Informatics, founded in 1983. Over the years, CSR has attracted over £6 million of international and UK research funding, and has built an international reputation for research achievements in the areas of:

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CSR's research achievements include:

CSR's research funding:

Most of CSR's research has been supported in recent years by funding from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) and the European Union through the Framework Programmes. Other funding has come from industry, such as, Scottish Nuclear, Rolls Royce, the European Space Agency, the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), NASA, NATO, and the U.K's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

CSR's links with industry and academia:

CSR is one of the world's major players in dependability research, and has collaborated with most of the others over the years. In the UK, recent academic collaborators in several projects include the universities of Newcastle, York, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Bristol and Royal Holloway College. In Europe we have worked with, among others: Université Paris-Sud; LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse; IEI-CNR, Pisa; EPFL, Lausanne; Universitat Ulm; Universitat Karlsruhe; Technische Universitat, Vienna; Chalmers University, Gothenberg; University of Florence; University of Coimbra; Budapest University of Technology and Economics; University of Lisbon; Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas; Technische Universität Darmstadt; Institut Eurécom Nice; University of Pisa; Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse; Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza"; Université de Rennes.

CSR prides itself on its close links with industry, which provide both a source of new technical problems, and a test-bed for the new techniques that it develops. CSR's research goal is to offer industry sound methods for evaluating and predicting, as well as achieving software dependability. Companies CSR has worked with recently include: Adelard, DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency), ERA Technology, HUGIN Expert A/S (Denmark), T’V Nord (Germany) Electricit‰ de France, Objectif Technologie (France), ITEM Software, Lloyds' Register, Corelis (France), VTT (Finland), ENEA (Italy), British Rail, Brameur, Secure Information Systems.

CSR's education and technology transfer activities:

CSR staff teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses within City University, as well as one-week courses to industry on software reliability, software metrics and fault-tolerant design of computer systems.

CSR'S consultancy and advisory activities:

CSR staff work with various advisory and standards committees and governmental bodies. Details can be found in the pages of the individual staff members. Some examples:

CSR members consult widely in the areas of software engineering, reliability and safety, software testing, fault tolerance, and decision support.

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