“Faculty Exchange Objectives were Accomplished and Even Exceeded”

 Bruno Cabral Faculty Exchange 2011

Bruno Cabral, assistant professor at the Informatics Engineering Department of the Universidade de Coimbra (UC), recently finished his faculty exchange at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), through the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. He spent four months and a half in the United States.

The main goals of Bruno Cabral were to acquire the core competences necessary to integrate the faculty body of the CMU/UC Professional Master Program in Software Engineering (MSE), and to follow and contribute to the research work carried out at CMU in the AEMINIUM project.

The AEMINIUM project, developed by the Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade da Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University, with Novabase, aims to be a strong contribution to shaping how concurrent software development will be performed in the future and to strengthening Europe and America’s capabilities in this important area. Bruno Cabral, as researcher of this project, took part of the weekly research meetings at CMU. Alcides Fonseca a master student at UC, which is also involved in the AEMINIUM project, spent three months at CMU working closely with Bruno Cabral and Jonathan Aldrich. Alcides Fonseca, that is not involved in the CMU Portugal program directly, was at CMU as a visiting scholar.

During his time at Carnegie Mellon University, Bruno Cabral was totally engaged in all the activities related with the Professional Master in Software Engineering, from the admission process to the teaching part. He was a Teaching Assistant (TA) on several MSE courses, such as Analysis of Software Artifacts and Seminar in Software Process. As TA he gave five lectures, prepared materials for the students, and participated in the course faculty meetings. He was also a mentor of studio projects teams and individual students.

New Institute for Software Engineering (ISE)

Besides being involved in the MSE program, Cabral is the coordinator of the new center of excellence in Software Engineering consulting and training in Portugal, the Institute of Software Engineering (ISE). “We hope that the ISE will provide top quality services and training in Software Engineering to its clients and partners,” said Bruno Cabral adding that “this institute will help raising the quality and efficiency of SE practices in Europe, giving it a worldwide competitive edge.” Therefore, the research team involved in the foundation of this institute believes that it will contribute to the consolidation of the Universidade de Coimbra as a center of excellence in SE, by supporting research and training programs at the University. While in CMU, Bruno Cabral had the opportunity to learn more about the Software Engineering Institute from this university, an institute well known all over the world, in areas such as organization and management, and to establish some synergies that will work beyond this visit.

Bruno Cabral said “this exchange period was extremely challenging and rewarding at both professional and personal levels,” adding that he believes “that all the proposed objectives were accomplished and even exceeded.”

July 2011