SECO-ASSIST 2018-2021

Belgian Excellence of Science Research Project

Software ecosystems are the most promising avenue for organising the software needs of the digital era. Jointly funded by F.R.S.-FNRS and FWO-Vlaanderen, the four-year Excellence of Science Project SECO-ASSIST aims to realise a scientific breakthrough to nurture the ecosystems of the future, by providing novel software recommendation techniques that address the resilience, evolvability, heterogeneity, and social interaction. To achieve this the project partners will combine their expertise in social networks (UMONS), software testing (UAntwerpen), software reuse (VUB) and database evolution (UNamur).

Les écosystèmes logiciels forment la voie la plus prometteuse pour organiser les besoins logiciels de l'ère numérique. SECO-ASSIST vise à réaliser une percée scientifique en assistant les écosystèmes de l'avenir, par le développement de nouvelles techniques de recommandation logicielle qui considèrent la résilience, l’évolutivité, l'hétérogénéité et les interactions sociales. Pour ce faire, les partenaires du projet joindront leurs expertises en réseaux sociaux (UMONS), tests de logiciels (UAntwerpen), réutilisation de logiciels (VUB) et évolution de bases de données (UNamur).

Software ecosystemen beloven om de noden en behoeften van software in dit digitale tijdperk te realiseren. SECO-ASSIST beoogt een wetenschappelijke doorbraak te realiseren in de ondersteuning van toekomstige ecosystemen, door middel van innovatieve aanbevelingstechnieken die de duurzaamheid, evolutie, heterogeniteit en sociale interactie beter aanpakken. Om dit te bereiken, zullen de projectpartners hun expertise combineren in sociale netwerken (UMONS), software testen (UAntwerpen), software hergebruik (VUB) en databankevolutie (UNamur).

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SECO-ASSIST Research Seminar Wednesday, September 04, 2019

A one-day event will be held at the University of Mons on September 4th. More information on this page.

Presentation of npm software ecosystem health at Drupal Camp Belgium Saturday, November 24, 2018

[Slides] Like many other web-based frameworks, Drupal is increasingly relying on JavaScript libraries (such as React, Node.JS, Angular and many more) for improving its user experience. However, relying on such JavaScript libraries implies a significant risk of breaking or compromising your applications. To illustrate this, we present a series of empirical results on the health of the npm dependency network for JavaScript packages. Our findings based on a historical data analysis show that the npm package ecosystem suffers from a range of important technical health issues related to how its dependency network is structured and evolves over time. Examples of such issues include the exponential growth of npm, the huge number of transitive dependencies, the abundance of outdated dependencies, and the long time it takes to fix security vulnerabilities and to benefit from these fixes in dependent packages. We provide empirical evidence of these problems, and suggest ways to reduce their potential impact by providing concrete guidelines.

Press release on Daily Science website about SECOHealth Monday, March 12, 2018

Comment va la santé de votre écosystème logiciel?

Christian Dubrulle, journaliste, présente les travaux de recherche du Prof. Tom Mens (UMONS) et ses collègues en Belgique et au Québec autour des écosystèmes logiciels dans le cadre des projets de recherche SECOHealth et SECO-ASSIST.

Presentation of SECO-ASSIST project at FNRS Science Club Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tom Mens, coordinator of the Excellence of Science Project SECO-ASSIST presented the project goals at FNRS for the Association belge des journalistes scientifiques ( The slides are available on SlideShare.

SECO-ASSIST: Automated Assistance for Developing Software in Ecosystems of the Future Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The 4-year research project "SECO-ASSIST: Automated Assistance for Developing Software in Ecosystems of the Future” has been selected for funding as part of the prestigious Belgian Excellence of Science (EOS) research programme, jointly financed by the Flemish FWO and Walloon FNRS research funding agencies. The collaborative research project will focus on fundamental research on software ecosystems, lead by Prof. Tom Mens (UMONS) and partnered by Serge Demeyer (Antwerpen), Anthony Cleve (UNamur) and Coen De Roover (VUB).

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