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Published: 2011-03-28 at 15:17
Edited: 2011-03-30 at 15:23
Upcoming events! ICSE, WICSA

DICES researchers recently got several papers accepted to some of the most significant conferences in the area of software engineering, and are looking forward to present their work.



There are two papers accepted to the Doctoral Symposium that will be held in May at International Conference on Software Engineering - ICSE'11, the top conference in software engineering!


Josip Maras, Pragmatic Reuse in Web Application Development, Doctoral Symposium paper, In Proceedings of the 33rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'11), ay 21-28, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 

Ana Petričić. 2011. Predictable dynamic deployment of components in embedded systems, Doctoral Symposium paper, In Proceedings of the 33rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'11), ay 21-28, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 



Also, at the Workshop on Collaborative Teaching of Globally Distributed Software Development — Community Building, DICES researchers will talk about their experiences in DIstributefd Software Develpment (DSD) course that is running for 8 years on FER.



A tool demonstration of the PRIDE tool will be held at the 9th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Etienne Borde, Jan Carlson, Juraj Feljan, Luka Lednicki, Thomas Leveque and Josip Maras, "PRIDE“ an Environment for Component-based Development of Distributed Real-time Embedded Systems", WICSA, 2011, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Ana Petričić
Published: 2010-06-07 at 17:37
Edited: 2011-03-28 at 14:53

This year SOFTCOM conference will have a special workshop on Distributed Component-based Embedded Software Systems. This is an excellent opportunity for DICES to present our methodology and results, especially to introduce component-based approach to various Croatian researchers. DICES plans to submit several papers to the workshop. Call for papers can be seen here.



NEW! Workshop report can be found here.

Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-09-01 at 11:24
35th Euromicro SEAA Conference 2009


As already announced in previous news, two DICES papers were accepted at Euromicro SEAA conference. The conference ook place in Patras, Greece and gathered a lot of researchers from all over the world as well as industry experts in both, software engineering and digital system design.


As a part of the SEAA conference, Juraj and Luka sucessfully presented their papers.

Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-07-21 at 13:06
Edited: 2009-07-21 at 13:17
Participations at conferences

So far, DICES has several accepted publications at international conferences, and until now DICES researchers had an opprtunity to present their work in two occasions.


First, at SERPS (Software Engineering Research and Practice in Sweden) conference in November 2008. This is a Swedish coference intended to be a meeting point of researchers in Sweden where they can present their early results and receive useful feedback and ideas. More information about the event and our presentations can be found here.


Second was WCOP (Workshop on Component-Oriented Programming) workshop, which ran as a part of the CBSE conference - the most important conference in the area of component-based software engineering. This event took place in June, 2009 at East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania, USA), and to see how did it look like click here.


Also we have two papers accepted at Euromicro conference, which will take place in Patras (Greece) in August, 2009.

All publications can be found at our Resources page (in Project resulta -> Publications folder).

Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-07-17 at 16:56

New publications are available on our Resources page.


  • Ivan Ferdelja - Component behavior modeling. Master thesis done by a student from FER.

Technical reports:

  • Classification and survey of coponent models
  • iForestFire architecture description
  • Requirements on the system design phase for ProgressIDE


  • WCOP 2009 - Using UML for domain-specific component models
  • Euromicro 2009 - A Component-Based Technology for Hardware and Software Components
  • Euromicro 2009 - Using JavaBeans to realize a domain specific component modeL

Other reports:

  • An empirical comparison of SaveUML and SaveCCM technologies
Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-07-17 at 16:09
Edited: 2009-07-21 at 11:56

A successful cooperation with Mälardalen University continues. DICES researches had their second long stay in Sweden during the winter semester.

  • Ana: February-March 2009, she used this visit to make an empirical evaluation of her SaveUML approach with a group od students from Mälardalen. The results of this experiment are described in an MRTC report as well as in the paper presented at WCOP workshop which was a part of the CBSE 2009 Conference. Both publications can be found found on our Resources page (in Project results folder).
  • Juraj, Luka: March-June 2009 who used this visit to work on the tool prototype done in cooperation with PROGRESS project from Malardalen.
  • Josip: March 2009 a short visit, he presented him self and his previous work to researches at Mälardalen IDT department.

The next visit is planned for autumn 2009.

Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-07-17 at 15:38
New team member - Josip Maras

A new young researcher joined the DICES project. Josip Maras from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split. He graduated in January 2009, with the thesis "Reverse Engineering of the iForestFire system".

Josip plans (just as other young researchers on DICES) to register for postgaduate study at Mälardalen University which will be achieved as a double degree.

We wish him luck and and welcome him to our team!

Ana Petričić
Published: 2009-01-13 at 15:20
Edited: 2009-01-13 at 15:38
DICES researchers return from Sweden

The first three month stay in Sweden has come to a successful end for Luka and Juraj. Ana has been working from Croatia, but has joined them on two occasions. A lot has been achieved in these three months:

  • Ana, Luka and Juraj have been registered for their postgraduate studies, both at MdH and FER.
  • They started working on an Integrated Development Environment for the ProCom component model (ProgressIDE), as part of the DICES and PROGRESS cooperation. They are developing the architectural editors for designing systems using ProCom. This will be used later in their PhDs.
  • They attended the COMPARCH'08 conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. This was a great opportunity to meet the leading scientists in the CBSE area. 
  • They attended the PROGRESS Workshop in Alicante, Spain. There they presented their work to other researchers involved in PROGRESS.
  • They presented their papers at the SERPS'08 conference in Karlskrona, Sweden. This was the first conference they had participated in with their own scientific papers. The paper titles are as follows:
  1.  Ana - Models Transformation between UML and a Domain Specific Language,
  2.  Luka - Uniform treatment of hardware- and software components,
  3.  Juraj - Realizing a domain specific component model with JavaBeans.

After returning to Croatia, a DICES meeting was held at FER on 2008-11-17. It was attended by all parties involved in DICES – from FER, MdH, FESB and Ericsson. Initial plans for cooperation with a future PhD student from FESB Josip Maras were made. Also, concrete plans for the next period were defined: Ana, Luka and Juraj will write the state of the art/state of the parctice technical reports, while the FESB team will work on providing UML models of iForestFire. Additionally, Ana, Luka and Juraj's PhD theses subjects have been further refined.

Juraj Feljan
Published: 2008-09-04 at 20:16
Edited: 2008-09-04 at 20:29
DICES researchers arrived in Sweden

The first long stay of DICES researchers in Sweden started as planned in August 2008.

During the first two weeks of the visit, Ana, Juraj and Luka were introduced to the researchers and personnel at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDT) at Mälardalen University (MdH). They also presented their theses and previous work.

The main goal for the first two weeks was to establish a cooperation between DICES and PROGRESS projects. PROGRESS is hosted by Mälardalen Real-Time Research Centre (MRTC) and is dedicated to finding methods for cost-efficient handling of the increasing complexity of software in computer-based products. Adopting a software-component approach to engineering and re-engineering of embedded software systems, PROGRESS aims to provide theory, methods, and tools that increase quality and reduce life-cycle costs.
A discussion was held on the connections between DICES and PROGESS. Considering many mutual objectives it was concluded that the colaboration between DICES nad PROGRESS has a lot of potential and will be valuable and beneficial for both sides. Concrete plans for building a modelling environment for the ProCom component model developed at the MdH were made.

Further, the procedure of registration for postgraduate study of Ana, Juraj and Luka was initiated at Mälardalen University. The study will be achieved as a double degree program at Mälardalen University and Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). Also, the three PhD theses topics were discussed and defined.

After two weeks Ana went back to FER while Luka and Juraj are staying at MDH for the next two months.

Published: 2008-07-14 at 09:43
Edited: 2008-07-14 at 10:05
The graduation of DICES project...


The future DICES researchers have graduated! The theses were written in cooperation between Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) and Mälardalen University (MdH). This is the first case in the history of FER that theses are accomplished both at FER and at a foreign university.


The theses subjects are as follows:
  • " Component based development for hardware and software components " by Luka Lednicki
  • " TransformationbetweenJavaBeansandSaveCompsoftwarecomponentmodels " by Juraj Feljan
  • "UML profile for SaveCCM" by Ana Petričić

Luka broke the ice on May 19th by presenting his thesis before a commitee from FER, earning him an engineering diploma at FER.

We took advantage of the June visit from the project leader Ivica Crnković , to present the theses before the MdH commitee. After the DSD project, this is the second course that Luka, Juraj and Ana passed at Mälardalen University.

Finally, on July 7th, Juraj and Ana earned their engineering diploma at FER.

Published: 2008-07-10 at 11:15
Edited: 2008-07-10 at 11:16
Project meetings in June

In the week starting on 2008-06-23 the project leader prof. Ivica Crnković came to Zagreb. The DICES project meetings were held. The high point of the week was an excursion to  mountain Risnjak.

More information can be found in the Risnjak article.

Published: 2008-03-13 at 19:57
Edited: 2009-07-17 at 14:36
DICES project first meeting

The first meeting of the DICES project will be held on Monday 2008-03-17. It will be held in Lavica hotel in Samobor.

Partners from universities in European Union and in Croatia will meet together with partners from industry and young researchers. This will be an oportunity to talk about DICES project goals, current state of component and service oriented software development in Croatia, and potential benefits of the DICES project.


Planned topics:

  • presentation of DICES project
  • activities on MdH and the relation between PROGRES and DICES projects
  • activities on FER and association to DICES
  • activities on FESB (iForest) and connection to DICES
  • benefits from DICES for Ericsson and their expectations
  • planning further activities

More information can be found in the Samobor meeting article