Grants and EU projects

COSMOS EU project (2020-2023)

Sebastiano Panichella wrote an H2020 proposal (as technical coordinator) for the EU H2020-ICT-2018-20 call, entitled COSMOS, contract no. 957254. COSMOS was selected for funding by the H2020.
Much of the increasing complexity of ICT systems is being driven by the more distributed and heterogeneous nature of these systems, with Cyber-Physical Systems accounting for an increasing portion of Software Ecosystems. This basic premise underpins the COSMOS proposal which focuses on blending best practices DevOps solutions with the development processes used in the CPS context: this will enable the CPS world to deliver software more rapidly and result in more secure and trustworthy systems. COSMOS brings together a balanced consortium of big industry, SMEs and academics which will develop enhanced DevOps pipelines which target development of CPS software.
The COSMOS CPS pipelines will be validated against 5 use cases provided by industrial partners representing healthcare, avionics, automotive, utility and railway sectors. These will act as reference use cases when promoting the technology amongst Open Source and standardization communities. For the former a specific community building activity will be performed to stimulate engagement with Open Source; for the latter, the standards experience of the coordinator and partners will be employed to promote COSMOS technologies within heavily regulated sectors where there is an increasing need for well-defined software V&V solutions.
Total H2020 project 5MIL EUR, Sebastiano Panichella got direct funding for 770,000 EUR
Ack: We personally thank Dr. Sean Murphy and Marc Rennhard for the important personal and professional support provided, critical to make the original COSMOS project proposal more convincing.
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Innosuisse project (2020-2022)

Sebastiano Panichella wrote an Innosuisse project proposal (as main research responsible ) to the Innosuisse grant program, "ARIES: Exploiting User Journeys and Testing Automation for Supporting Efficient Energy Service Platforms" (project Nr. 45548.1 IP-ICT).
ARIES brings together a consortium of two partners: the start-up LEDCity ( and the ZHAW.
ARIES project delivers a data oriented and software platform that implements requirements and testing engineering mechanisms to enhance customer experience. ARIES project is realized in the context of LEDCity, a Swiss start-up specialized in AI-based optimization of lighting systems.
Total project 1 MIL CHF (working hours allocated to it), Sebastiano Panichella got direct funding for around 500,000 CHF
Ack: We personally thank the team of LEDCity for the very productive and constant research meetings.
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Doctoral funding at the SoE ZHAW (2022-2025)

Sebastiano Panichella got funding (as main research responsible ) by the Doctoral funding at the SoE ZHAW.
The funding program of the School of Engineering alongside the existing Cooperation partner programs in the field of data science, other programs, and others).
The funding will support and complement the studies of a Ph.D. student working in the context of the COSMOS H2020 project (contract no. 957254).
Total project 114,000 CHF (working hours allocated to it), Sebastiano Panichella got direct funding for around 114,000 CHF

SURF-MobileAppsData SNF project (2016-2019)

Sebastiano Panichella obtained funding for the SURF-MobileAppsData SNF (No. 200021_166275) project. The goal of the SURF-MobileAppsData project is mining mobile apps data available in app stores to support software engineers in better supporting maintenance and evolution activities for these apps (Total SNSF (CHF) 349,926).
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MARKOS EU project (2013-2014)
Sebastiano Panichella was partially funded with Gabriele Bavota, Gerardo Canfora, Massimiliano Di Penta, in the EU FP7-ICT-2011-8 project Markos, contract no. 317743. Specifically, the MARKOS project aimed to realize the prototype of a service and an interactive application providing an integrated view on the Open Source projects available the on web, focusing on functional, structural and licenses aspects of software code. My effort is focused on implementing relevant aspects of the Software System realized by Markos and and a generate new research results in the field of Software Engineering. Particular effort is spent on analysis of source code to study the evolution of software project to automatically extract reusable components from source code. From the other things I also extract licensing statements from the source code to monitor their evolution and avoid that changes in source code also generate the break of licenses.