SECT-AIR: Software Engineering Costs and Timescales – Aerospace Initiative for Reduction

Richard F. Paige*, Athanasios Zolotas, Dimitrios S. Kolovos, John A. McDermid, Mike Bennett, Stuart Hutchesson, Andrew Hawthorn

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Software is critical to the majority of functionality in avionics and aerospace systems. The amount of safety-related software in avionics is growing rapidly (doubling in size around every four years), and the costs of software programmes in industry are increasingly unaffordable – safety-related code can cost upwards of USD 150 per line. At the same time, demands from avionics customers for increased scope and new functionality is increasing, and quality is non-negotiable: it is fixed by standards and safety requirements. The SECT-AIR project is addressing these cost and demand issues by focusing on automation in software engineering, with particular emphasis on model-based development. In this paper we provide an overview of the motivation behind the project, which started in 2016, and some of the key tasks it will carry out to help improve productivity, increase customer scope and maintain quality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Technologies: Applications and Foundations - STAF 2017 Collocated Workshops, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages6
Volume10748 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783319747293
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2018
EventInternational conference on Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations, STAF 2017 - Marburg, Germany
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10748 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


ConferenceInternational conference on Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations, STAF 2017

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