Renaat Verbruggen

Lecturer in School of Computing

Chair of M.Sc. in Security and Forensic Computing

Member of University Appeals Committee

Academic Lecturing
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Research Group: 
Dependable Systems
Associated Research Centres: 
The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Lero)
Research Interests: 

As the field of software engineering has matured a number of important trends have emerged. Myresearch has focused on three of the areas which  show most promise. Firstly we have been involved with the object-oriented construction of systems since 1986. Secondly we have examined the links between formal and informal methods in their approaches to software design. Finally we have examined the higher level process management issues especially as they relate to metrication, measurement and test.

Current research is focussed on testing and metrics approaches within the world of patterns and objects.

Also due to my involvement with the teaching of Cyber-ethics at post-graduate level I have become involved in examing ethical issues within the current development of software based systems.

In 2004 I produced part of the first report of the Commission on Electronic Voting examing testing methods used.

Subsequently I was appointed part of the expert advisory group. We collaborated to produce the full Second Report in July 2006.

Because my lecturing and research area lie within Software Engineering it has been imperative that I stay in touch with companies who are working with significant amounts of software development.

I have been engaged in numerous "Action-Research" projects. These involve companies with real problems who seek to benefit from engaging in broader research on the topic rather than a "quick-fix". Normally they end in tangible results for the companies and often members of the companies have been active with me in the research.

Sample projects for which reports and results are available include:

  • Evaluating best quality software assurance practices
  • Establishing a software metrics process in the Irish subsidiary of a US multinational (Microsoft)
  • Establishing an object-oriented functional testing approach (European projects involving companies such as Verilog, GMD, etc.)

All of the above have been of more than a year in duration and some have occurred in parallel.

As another facet I have managed shorter projects with researchers working within their own companies on problems such as:

  • The use of OOP development in a telecommunications environment (Ericsson)
  • Re-designing procedural based code by re-specifying the system using an object-oriented method (CARA)
  • An Evolutionary approach to the improvement of the software process (Digital Galway)
  • Developing an approach to the analysis and design of knowledge based systems.(Bayer)
  • Developing a configuration management approach based on change requests. (EICON)
  • Development of a framework for the use of components within real-time systems
  • Development of a new strategic software architecture for internet supplied services.
  • Development of an integrated testing strategy for large-scale bought-in components within a secure
  • Development of a use-case based process for fast prototyping.
Selected Publications: 

·         G.Coleman, R.Verbruggen, "Improving DSDM using the PSP", Journal of Software Quality, June 1997.