PLEng – Professional Licentiate of Engineering School

PLEng – Professional Licentiate of Engineering School

Project status

Ongoing

Project Manager

Tony Gorschek


Category/Area

Software engineering

PLEng (Professional Licentiate of Engineering School) is a concept of integrated research school that enables the industry to develop skills-based specialists and objective problem solvers. The research school, which is conducted for 3 years part-time, focuses on developing applied research and innovative solutions to specific problems. Participants in PLEng’s combine their research studies in parallel with work in their respective companies, which means a more flexible form compared with traditional research studies. During their time in the research school, they are given the opportunity to delve into an area for an extended period to build skills and develop new ideas.

PLEng 1.0 launched in 2014 with three industry-active participants at BTH. During their time in the research school, they partook in research projects and training to become experts in software engineering focuses on cyber-physical systems (CPS). The participants are all senior specialists in their respective domain areas at different companies and worked in parallel with their research studies.

This unique synergy of active collaboration between academia and industry makes PLEng a dynamic research school. An evaluation in dialogue with the associated companies has shown that the research results from the participants have had a real and measurable impact in both projects and daily activities in their companies.

PLEng 1.0 ends in 2019 and is a collaboration between KKS, Knowledge Foundation, BTH, KTH and Örebro University. The latter two also have a number of participants enrolled in the graduate school.

PLEng 2.0

PLEng 2.0 was launched in spring 2018 and is an upscaling and evolution of PLEng 1.0, where + 10 new participants partake from 8 different companies. The new participants will have different focus areas in their research and both Software Engineering, Industrial Economics and Management, as well as Computer Science, are represented as subject areas. The research school provides joint activities, courses, seminars and guest lectures that becomes a part of the participant’s customized licentiate studies. Collaboration between participants creates added value for both themselves, companies and BTH and they become part of an environment where several projects, companies and research areas interact.

In PLEng, BTH provides each participant with two supervisors with senior subject area and domain experts. The research school’s participants thus become part of a top-ranked research environment which runs world-leading research and problem-solving expertise in applied software engineering. PLEng 2.0 is a collaboration between BTH and KKS.

Participants in PLEng 2.0 at BTH starting 2018

  • Anders Sundelin – Ericsson AB Focus: Potential benefits of ”software craftsmanship” when developing a software system.
  • Shailesh Pratap Singh – Ericsson AB Focus: Authentication, Authorization and Accounting Characteristics and Challenges for IoT Systems
  • Fredrik Söderqvist – Unionen Focus: Labor market resilience, institutions, and firm dynamics in the digital creative destruction
  • Liang Yu – Qvantel Focus: Utilizing Continuous Integration Environments for Efficient and Effective Testing of Quality Attributes
  • Ruwan Lakmal Silva – Ericsson AB Focus: Monitoring and Maintenance of Large SOA Telecommunication Systems Deployed in the Cloud Environment
  • Stefan Eekenulv – Castra Västra IT Management Focus: Pragmatic Knowledge Representation – Properties required for formal modeling in practice
  • Tino Krautwald – Qinematic AB Focus: How digital tools can improve the understanding and management of movement related health issues.

Participants in PLEng 1.0 at BTH

PLEng has since 2014 three industry participants at BTH.

Johan Silvander from Ericsson was the first PLEng licentiate to take his licentiate degree in software engineering in PLEng at BTH during fall 2017. His thesis has the title “Towards Intent-Driven Systems” and is available at: http://bth.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1141763

Mohsin Irshad from Qvantel will defend his licentiate on 24th January, 2018. The thesis title “Assessing Reusability in Automated Acceptance Tests” is available at: http://bth.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1164723/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Magnus Wilson from Ericsson will defend his licentiate during the later part of 2018. His research area focus on Business Modelling with the title; “How can the state-of-the-art and practice in Business Modelling improve value creation, business flexibility, and variability in realization for large companies developing technology that includes software-intensive products and services for global markets?”

Facts

Duration

2014-2019, 2018-2022

Budget

PLEng 16 Mkr, PLEng 2.0 15,5Mkr

Contact Person

Tony Gorschek

Participants

Tony Gorschek

Tony Gorschek
Professor

Mikael Svahnberg

Mikael Svahnberg
Universitetslektor/docent

Michael Unterkalmsteiner

Michael Unterkalmsteiner
Universitetslektor

Krzysztof Wnuk

Krzysztof Wnuk
Universitetslektor/docent

Emil Alégroth

Emil Alégroth
Biträdande universitetslektor

Javier Gonzalez Huerta

Javier Gonzalez Huerta
Universitetslektor

Michael Felderer

Michael Felderer
Gästprofessor

Fabian Fagerholm

Fabian Fagerholm
Biträdande universitetslektor

Veronica Sundstedt

Veronica Sundstedt
Universitetslektor/docent/prefekt

Yan Hu

Yan Hu
Universitetslektor

Nauman Ali

Nauman Ali
Universitetslektor/docent