Welcome to the Resilient Computing Lab (RCL)

RCL is a research group of the Department of Mathematics and Informatics (DiMaI, "Dipartimento di Matermatica e Informatica") of the University of Florence. RCL research activities focus mainly in research and experimentation of dependable architectures and systems. RCL is currently involved in research spanning the following areas:

  • Architectures and techniques for resilient systems and infrastructures;
  • Quantitative dependability and QoS evaluation.

Details on where we are, who we are, and our projects are available on this website.
For further information, please contact prof. Andrea Bondavalli.

RCL ADVANCEs in its research domain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2018 16:27

RCL joins the RISE2018 program with the ADVANCE - Addressing Verification and Validation Challenges in Future Cyber-Physical Systems - project, along with the other partners, namely

  • RCL: CINI, Italy
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA, Portugal
  • BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM, Hungary
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES FUNDACION, Colombia
  • RESILTECH SRL, Italy
  • UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS, Brazil
  • INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS, Brazil

The abstract of the project (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018, number 823788) is as follows.

The scientific objective of the ADVANCE project is to conceive new approaches to support the Verification and Validation (V&V) of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). It will explore techniques, methods, and tools applicable to different phases of the system lifecycle, but always with the final objective of improving the effectiveness and efficacy of the V&V process. In particular, ADVANCE will focus on two main aspects of V&V: i) techniques to collect V&V evidences for a CPS (focusing on system modeling, testing, fault forecast, and systematic processes like FMEA), and ii) techniques to manage and analyze data of the system under analysis (focusing on data analysis, requirements management, traceability). The strategic objective of the project is to build an international network of collaborations on the topic of V&V of CPSs. Besides allowing the consortium to reach the project's scientific objectives, the established interactions would allow the training of students and professionals on the latest innovations in the V&V panorama, and have them work together towards a common goal. In fact, besides the technical challenges described above, an important factor hampering advancements in the V&V of CPSs is a worldwide lack of skilled professionals in V&V, software testing, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in general. One of the outputs of the project will be a set of training material, both in the form of slides and video courses, on the topic of Verification & Validation of Cyber-Physical Systems. These objectives will be pursued by joining together V&V experts having different specialization and different backgrounds, and establishing a targeted transfer of knowledge and collaboration program, using two real case studies as reference

The scientific objective of the ADVANCE project is to conceive new approaches to support the Verification and Validation
(V&V) of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). It will explore techniques, methods, and tools applicable to different phases of the
system lifecycle, but always with the final objective of improving the effectiveness and efficacy of the V&V process.
In particular, ADVANCE will focus on two main aspects of V&V: i) techniques to collect V&V evidences for a CPS (focusing
on system modeling, testing, fault forecast, and systematic processes like FMEA), and ii) techniques to manage and
analyze data of the system under analysis (focusing on data analysis, requirements management, traceability).
The strategic objective of the project is to build an international network of collaborations on the topic of V&V of CPSs.
Besides allowing the consortium to reach the project’s scientific objectives, the established interactions would allow the
training of students and professionals on the latest innovations in the V&V panorama, and have them work together towards
a common goal. In fact, besides the technical challenges described above, an important factor hampering advancements in
the V&V of CPSs is a worldwide lack of skilled professionals in V&V, software testing, and Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) in general. One of the outputs of the project will be a set of training material, both in the form of slides and
video courses, on the topic of Verification & Validation of Cyber-Physical Systems.
These objectives will be pursued by joining together V&V experts having different specialization and different backgrounds,
and establishing a targeted transfer of knowledge and collaboration program, using two real case studies as reference


 
Former and Current RCL people involved at LADC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

 

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Both former and current RCL people were strongly involved in the organization and as speakers at the Latin-American Dependable Computing (LADC) Conference. More in detail, the conference was co-chaired by Andrea Ceccarelli, while Enrico Schiavone joined the conference as a speaker. It is worth noticing also the contribute of Leonardo Montecchi (Workshop Co-Chair), former member of RCL and now assistant professor at UNICAMP. The conference was a great success; in addition, the attendees were prized with a guided tour of the Iguassu Falls!

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Successful EDCC chaired by RCL member! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

 

EDCC 2018 took place in Iaşi, Romania, between 10-14 September 2018. Located in the North-East of Romania, the city is the main academic, cultural and economic center of the region. EDCC 2018 was organized by the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi (UAIC) with the support of the Horizon 2020 EBSIS project, and, more importantly, had Paolo Lollini as Program Chair!

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New Project for RCL Group PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Today is the first day of the project with RFI - Rete Ferroviaria Italiana - which explores Safe Architectures for SIL4 Railway Systems. This three-year project will see a cooperation between RCL group and the R&D department of RFI, which is managing the railway network in Italy. Main targets of the project will be:

- Definition of architectures for two future SIL4 systems: PMF, which will work onboard of the train, and SEC, which will be deployed inside stations.

- Devising coding rules for implementing SIL4 software in the railway domain, including coding rules, coding styles and quality metrics.

- V&V Plan, and definition of Safety Cases

- Preliminary Hazard Analyses

- Modeling activities for the early validation of the systems above both in terms of Safety and Security.

- Exploring mechanisms for fault-tolerance in the railway domain in accordance with standards such as ERTMS / SCMT (Italian)

- Safe Visualization of safety-critical information on commercial OTS devices (e.g., tablets)

- Implementation of the "Protocollo Vitale Standard" to allow safe communications among subsystems.

Overall, the aim of the project is to devise architectures and mechanisms for SIL4 systems, along with prototypes of specific subsystems.

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We also report the Italian name of the project, that is: "Progetto di Ricerca: Specificazione, analisi e valutazione di architetture per applicazioni safety-critical - Architetture Fail-Safe e Fault-Tolerant delle Piattaforme SEC e PMF con Dimostratori della Piattaforma IRM e del Protocollo PVS".

 
EDCC 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 12:32

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14th European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC-2018)

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10-14 September 2018
Iasi, Romania
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The European Dependable Computing Conference is a unique forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss their latest research results on theory, techniques, systems, and tools for the design, validation, operation and evaluation of dependable and secure computing systems. In addition to original papers on research, EDCC welcomes papers dedicated to dependability in practice: industrial applications, experience in introducing dependability in industry, use of new or mature dependability approaches to new challenging problems or domains, etc. It will also provide a natural meeting place for the large number of projects in dependability, to present their state of advancement and innovative results.

EDCC 2018 will feature several tracks, including invited speakers, full paper presentations, posters, a student forum and a set of cutting-edge workshops.

Authors of regular papers and experience reports accepted and presented at EDCC will be encouraged to submit an extended and modified version of their papers to a Special issue of the International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems, dedicated to System Dependability, with a short cycle, to appear early 2019.
Full details are on the EDCC-2018 website.

 

 
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