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The Software Engineering Research Lab (SERL) at AUT University undertakes world-class research directed at understanding and improving the practice of software professionals in their creation and preservation of software systems. We are interested in all models of software provision – bespoke development, package and component customisation, free/libre open source software (FLOSS) development, and delivery of software as a service (SaaS). The research we carry out may relate to just one or all of these models.

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  • Progress Report on a Proposed Theory for Software Development

    Kirk, D; MacDonell, S (SciTePress, 2015)
    There is growing acknowledgement within the software engineering community that a theory of software development is needed to integrate the myriad methodologies that are currently popular, some of which are based on opposing ...
  • Packaged Software Implementation Requirements Engineering by Small Software Enterprises

    Jebreen, I; Wellington, R; MacDonell, SG (IEEE Computer Society, 2013)
    Small to medium sized business enterprises (SMEs) generally thrive because they have successfully done something unique within a niche market. For this reason, SMEs may seek to protect their competitive advantage by avoiding ...
  • A Taxonomy of Data Quality Challenges in Empirical Software Engineering

    Bosu, MF; Macdonell, SG (IEEE, 2013)
    Reliable empirical models such as those used in software effort estimation or defect prediction are inherently dependent on the data from which they are built. As demands for process and product improvement continue to ...
  • Onshore to near-shore outsourcing transitions: unpacking tensions

    Clear, AG; Raza, B; Clear, T; MacDonell, SG (IEEE, 2015)
    This study is directed towards highlighting tensions of incoming and outgoing vendors during outsourcing in a near-shore context. Incoming-and-outgoing of vendors generate a complex form of relationship in which the ...
  • An empirical cognitive model of the development of shared understanding of requirements

    Buchan, J (Springer, 2014)
    It is well documented that customers and software development teams need to share and refine understanding of the requirements throughout the software development lifecycle. The development of this shared understand- ing ...
  • Bridging the research-practice gap in requirements engineering

    Pais, S; Talbot, A; Connor, AM (National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ), 2009)
    This paper examines the perceived research-practice gap in software requirements engineering, with a particular focus on requirements specification and modelling. Various contributions by researchers to write requirements ...
  • Building services integration: a technology transfer case study

    Connor, AM; Siringoringo, WS; Clements, N; Alexander, N (National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ), 2007)
    This paper details the development of a relationship between Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the Building Integration Software Company (bisco) and how projects have been initiated that add value to the bisco ...
  • Signposting, a dynamic approach to design process management

    Clarkson, PJ; Connor, AM; Melo, AF (Cambridge University Engineering Department, 1999)
    This paper presents an overview of a dynamic guidance tool that has been developed to address a need for design support in the aerospace sector. The tool, called signposting, provides the means of directing activity by ...
  • Using genetic algorithms to solve layout optimisation problems in residential building construction

    Connor, AM; Siringoringo, WS (dblp, 2007)
    This paper outlines an approach for the automatic design of material layouts for the residential building construction industry. The goal is to cover a flat surface using the minimum number of rectangular stock panels by ...
  • Tendering for engineering contracts

    Barr, G; Burgess, SG; Connor, AM; Clarkson, PJ (Professional Engineering Publishing, 2000)
    This paper describes a generalised model that embodies the criteria assessed during the tendering process, where if all the pertinent criteria are met, then the risk when submitting the tender is minimised. This provides ...
  • Pole shape optimization using a tabu search scheme

    Connor, AM; Leonard, PJ (IEEE, 2000)
    The pole shape optimization of an electromagnet typical of an MRI type application is investigated. We compare the use of different parameterizations of the pole shape and compare the convergence of the optimizations using ...
  • Parameter sizing for fluid power circuits using taguchi methods

    Connor, AM (Taylor & Francis, 1999)
    This paper describes the application of Taguchi methods [1,2,3] to the parameter sizing stage of fluid power system design. Taguchi methods have become almost synonymous with robust design and are used to design systems ...
  • A tabu search method for the optimisation of fluid power circuits

    Connor, AM; Tilley, DG (SAGE Publications Ltd., 1998)
    This paper describes the development of an efficient algorithm for the optimization of fluid power circuits. The algorithm is based around the concepts of Tabu search, where different time-scale memory cycles are used as ...
  • The optimal synthesis of mechanisms using harmonic information

    Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (Taylor & Francis, 1998)
    This paper reviews several uses of harmonic information in the synthesis of mechanisms and shows that such information can be put to even greater use in this ®eld. Results are presented for both single and multi-degree of ...
  • Minimum cost polygon overlay with rectangular shape stock panels

    Siringoringo, WS; Connor, AM; Clements, N; Alexander, N (Taylor & Francis, 2008)
    Minimum Cost Polygon Overlay (MCPO) is a unique two-dimensional optimization problem that involves the task of covering a polygon shaped area with a series of rectangular shaped panels. This has a number of applications ...
  • A comparison of semi-deterministic and stochastic search techniques

    Connor, AM; Shea, K (Springer, 2000)
    This paper presents an investigation of two search techniques, tabu search (TS) and simulated annealing (SA), to assess their relative merits when applied to engineering design optimisation. Design optimisation problems ...
  • The kinematic synthesis of path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms

    Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (WIT Press, 1995)
    This paper presents a methodology for the synthesis of path generating mechanisms using Genetic Algorithms GAs). GAs are a novel search and optimisation technique inspired by the principles of natural evolution and survival ...
  • The synthesis of five bar path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms

    Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (IEE/IEEE, 1995)
    This paper presents a methodology for the synthesis of multi-degree of freedom mechanisms using genetic algorithms. A Five-Bar mechanism is a 2-DOF system which requires two inputs to fully describe the output motion. In ...
  • Probabilistic estimation of software project duration

    Connor, AM (Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ)., 2007)
    This paper presents a framework for the representation of uncertainty in the estimates for software design projects for use throughout the entire project lifecycle. The framework is flexible in order to accommodate uncertainty ...
  • Predicting software build failure using source code metrics

    Connor, AM; Finlay, J (ARPN International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research, 2011)
    In this paper, we describe the extraction of source code metrics from the Jazz repository and the application of data mining techniques to identify the most useful of those metrics for predicting the success or failure of ...

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