Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

End user software product line support for smart spaces
by Tzeremes, Vasilios, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2016, 287; 10249280
Abstract (Summary)

Smart spaces are physical environments equipped with pervasive technology that sense and react to human activities and changes in the environment. End User Development (EUD) skills vary significantly among end users who want to design, develop and deploy software applications for their smart spaces. Typical end user development is opportunistic, requirements are usually unplanned and undocumented, applications are simplistic in nature, design is ad-hoc, reuse is limited, and software testing is typically haphazard, leading to many quality issues. On the other hand, technical end users with advanced EUD skills and domain expertise have the ability to create sophisticated software applications for smart spaces that are well designed and tested.

This research presents a systematic approach for adopting reuse in end user development for smart spaces by using Software Product Line (SPL) concepts. End User (EU) SPL Designers (who are technical end users and domain experts) design and develop EU SPLs for smart spaces whereas less technical end users derive their individual smart space applications from these SPLs. Incorporating SPL concepts in EUD for smart spaces makes it easier for novice end users to derive applications for their spaces without having to interface directly with devices, networks, programming logic, etc. End users only have to select and configure the EU SPL features needed for their space. Another benefit of this approach is that it promotes reuse. End user requirements are mapped to product line features that are realized by common, optional, and variant components available in smart spaces. Product line features and the corresponding component product line architecture can then be used to derive EU applications. Derived EU applications can then be deployed to different smart spaces, thereby avoiding end users having to create EU applications from scratch. Finally the proposed approach has the potential of improving software quality since testing will be an integral part of EU SPL process.

In particular, this research has: (a) defined a systematic approach for EU SPL Designers to design and develop EU SPLs, (b) provided an EU SPL application derivation approach to enable end users to derive software applications for their spaces, (c) designed an EU SPL meta-model to capture the underlying representation of EU SPL and derived application artifacts in terms of meta-classes and relationships that supports different EUD platforms, (d) designed and implemented an EUD development environment that supports EU SPL development and application derivation, and (e) provided a testing approach and framework for systematic testing of EU SPLs and derived applications.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gomaa, Hassan
Commitee: Kaps, Jens-Peter, LaToza, Thomas, Offutt, Jeff
School: George Mason University
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Information Technology, Computer science
Keywords: End user development, End user software product lines, Feature modeling, Smart spaces, Software product lines, Software reuse
Publication Number: 10249280
ISBN: 978-1-369-55180-8
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