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Andrea Arcuri, professor ved Institutt for teknologi ved Høyskolen Kristiania. Foto: Michael Reed

Andrea Arcuri has researched this field for more than 13 years. ERC consolidation grants are awarded to researchers who only a few years after achieving their PhDs distinguish themselves through outstanding scientific maturity.

“The award to Professor Arcuri is an inspiration to our excellent scientists,” says Trine Johansen Meza, vice-rector for research at the Kristiania. A consolidation grant has only been awarded twice previously in Norway in the field of computer science.

The funds from the ERC will be used to build a research group on automated software testing and secure software. Kristiania University College will contribute substantially to the funding of this community.

We’re hoping that the work will form the basis for test systems that can learn and automatically adapt to types of software that currently are unable to use any automated solutions.

“My research is about reducing errors in software, and in particular Enterprise Software” Arcuri says. “I’m developing technologies from the area of artificial intelligence area, in particular in order to facilitate automated testing of such software. We’re hoping that the work will form the basis for test systems that can learn and automatically adapt to types of software that currently are unable to use any automated solutions.”

Professor Andrea’s work will also provide insights into which security-related errors software developers make in practice, and why they are made. The work will thus contribute to a theoretical framework for security testing as a research field.

Fully digitised society

“Andrea’s work is important,” says Morten Irgens, Dean and Chief Development Officer at Kristiania. “Our complex, modern society is highly digitalised. It is basically run by extremely complex software systems. We’re completely dependent on them working as intended, and not having any unknown security flaws. However, it is not humanly possible to ensure that complex software systems are free of errors. We need help from machines.”

“It may be ironic, but it is both necessary and important to find out how we can use advanced software to reduce errors in advanced software.”

Contact information

Andrea Arcuri, Professor at the Department of Technology at Kristiania University College, tel.: +47 400 21 718 E-mail: andrea.arcuri@kristiania.no

Trine Johansen Meza, Vice-rector of research at Kristiania University College. Tel.: +47 450 32 347 E-mail: trinejohansen.meza@kristiania.no

Morten Irgens, Dean and development director at Kristiania University College, tel.: +47 465 41 941 E-mail: morten.irgens@kristiania.no

Lene Torjul Reutz, Communications consultant at Kristiania University College, tel.: +47 916 19 165, E-mail: lenetorjul.reutz@kristiania.no

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