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Incorporating certification in feature modelling of an unmanned aerial vehicle product line

Braga, Rosana T. Vaccare and Junior, Onofre Trindade and Branco, Kalinka C. and Lee, Jaejoon (2012) Incorporating certification in feature modelling of an unmanned aerial vehicle product line. In: SPLC '12 Proceedings of the 16th International Software Product Line Conference. ACM, New York, pp. 249-258. ISBN 978-1-4503-1094-9

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Abstract

Safety critical systems (e.g., an avionics control system for safe flight) are often required to achieve certification under pre-established standards (e.g., DO-178B for software considerations in airborne systems and equipment certification). We have been working with our industrial partner for the last three years to develop product line assets for their avionics software product line (SPL) and, recently, we encountered two major challenges regarding certification. Firstly, an individual product must be certified, but each may require a different certification level: there might be variations in the certification requirements according to specific system usage contexts. Secondly, certification involves not only product but also process, as standards such as DO-178B also assess the quality of the development process. In this paper, we propose to include a certification view during feature modelling to provide a better understanding of the relationships between features and a certification level required for each product. The experience of introducing certification into the design model of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) SPL is presented to illustrate some key ideas. We also describe the lessons we have learned from this experience.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57740
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2012 09:07
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57740

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