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Ferhat Khendek

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University

Chair Title

NSERC/Ericsson Industrial Research Chair on Model-Based Software Management

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program

Role

Senior Chairholder since 2011

Summary

Uninterrupted service, even in the most complex software and computing systems, has become fundamental in user expectations. Consider, for instance, the Internet and its related servers—such as Google. End-users require such systems to work correctly, efficiently and without any service interruption.

Achieving good performance, reliability and high availability for complex computing systems is a significant challenge. Such systems are nowadays constructed from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components provided by different vendors. These components are selected, configured and deployed on complex middlewares—such as OpenSAF. Management of these systems and their deployment platforms is of critical importance.

The NSERC/Ericsson Industrial Research Chair on Model-Based Software Management provides strategic intelligence to the Canadian computing and telecommunications industries. The Chair's goal is to investigate modelling languages for platforms, requirements, software and system characteristics. It aims to devise novel techniques for requirement decomposition and COTS components selection/configuration, thereby considerably improving the quality and functionality of component-based systems.

The Chair will explore new methods to validate, deploy, monitor, reconfigure and upgrade systems while maintaining critical characteristics—such as high availability. The Chair collaborates closely with Ericsson—a major player in research and development in Canada. This university-industry partnership provides students with tangible experience at both Concordia University and Ericsson, which which gives the students a competitive edge as they enter the workforce and equips them with skills to strengthen Canada's leadership in the management of software systems.

The NSERC/Ericsson Industrial Research Chair on Model-Based Software Management is held by Ferhat Khendek. A professor in Concordia University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is an internationally renowned expert in software systems modelling and their design and validation. His collaborations with Ericsson have been successful and longstanding.

Partner

  • Ericsson Research Canada/Recherche Ericsson Canada

Contact Information

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University
S-EV005.139
1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
Montréal, Québec
H3G 1M8

Tel.: 514-848-2424, ext. 3081
Fax: 514-848-2802
Email: khendek@ece.concordia.ca

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