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Professor Andrea Zisman

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Externally funded projects

EPSRC Manufacturing Investigator NetworkPlus Grant
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Nov 201931 Oct 2022EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The manufacturing industry in the UK is facing growing productivity challenges due to supply and price volatility of raw materials. Manufacturing firms are consequently embracing the opportunities of circular economy approaches as a means to save costs, prevent disruptions in materials input and generate additional revenue from waste streams. The development of circular economy capability and competence requires an industrial symbiosis approach. Industrial symbiosis is a fundamental building block of the circular economy. It provides a means to build industrial competitiveness through the creation of manufacturing ecosystems involving networks of organisations that generate new economic value through the continuous exchange of resources (materials and energy). The industrial symbiosis capability of the UK manufacturing industry as a whole remains underexploited, with most of the circular economy initiatives being developed in sectoral silos. Such fragmented condition holds the economy back from achieving better sustainability performance overall. To unlock the untapped circular economy potential of the manufacturing industry in the UK, a cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis approach is necessary. Such approach entails a systemic expansion of manufacturing synergies involving the exchange of resources across diverse sectors. A major challenge to implement a cross- sectoral bridging approach is the lack of supporting channels, tools and business models that enable industrial symbiosis initiatives across manufacturing sectors. The UK Manufacturing Symbiosis NetworkPlus (UKMSN+) will promote, support, facilitate and stimulate the creation of a UK-wide community of academics, practitioners, government and civil representatives who will address the challenges above mentioned with basis on the central question of ‘how the industrial symbiosis capability of the UK manufacturing industry as a whole can be galvanised within sectors and fertilised across sectors?’

Drone Identity
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Jul 201930 Jun 2020EC (European Commission): FP (inc. Horizon Europe, H2020, ERC)

This EngageKTN project is investigating forensic-readiness requirements of unmanned aerial systems, to help identify causes of safety and security related air traffic incidents. Unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) are increasingly creating challenges for managing the safety of aircraft that share the airspace with them. The collection and use of forensic data associated with drones and surrounding physical contexts is key to effective incident investigations. The research is focusing on the architecture and concept of operations for European unmanned traffic management, and the ability to preserve such vital information as evidence for forensic investigations. The team of the project include Dr. Yijun Yu (PI), Mr. Danny Barthaud (Research Software Engineer), and Prof. Bashar Nuseibeh, Prof. Blaine Price, Prof. Andrea Zisman, Prof. Arosha Bandara at The Open University, and Dr. Anthony P. Rushton, Dr. David L. Bush, and Dr. George S. Koudis at NATS. The project URL is at

DE Network +: The Internet of Food Things
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Jun 201830 Apr 2022EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

An efficient and productive food chain that provides readily available, high quality and safe foods at reasonable cost is needed by all in society. As a consequence, food & drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing over £26.9bn to the UK economy and employing 420,000 people. It supports a food chain which generates GVA of £108bn, with 3.9m employees in a truly international industry, with £20bn of exports in 2016. From 2006-’15 the UK food chain increased GVA by 30%, exports by 72%, branded food exports by 100% and food chain employment grew by 5% (DEFRA 2016, FDF 2017). Underpinning this scale and successful growth are innovations in: digital technology, food automation & robotics, process engineering, food science, consumer choice behaviour, food safety. The UK is recognised as a World leader in food safety, provenance and traceability. However, the environmental and societal impacts of the food chain are still significant for example; Obesity alone costs the UK £47 billion per annum; the food chain uses 17% of UK energy consumption; post farm-gate food chain is responsible for 15million tonnes of food waste and more than 20 MtCO2e of GHG emissions (Wrap, 2013); there are still c.500,000 cases of food poisoning per year (FSA, 2016; regular food “scares” undermine consumer confidence and cause alarm, i.e. “Dutch Egg Scandal, 2017”; “Hepatitis E sales of pork, 2017”; “Horsemeat, 2013”

SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Apr 201831 Mar 2023EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

In the last decade, the role of software engineering has changed rapidly and radically. Globalisation and mobility of people and services, pervasive computing, and ubiquitous connectivity through the Internet have disrupted traditional software engineering boundaries and practices. People and services are no longer bound by physical locations. Computational devices are no longer bound to the devices that host them. Communication, in its broadest sense, is no longer bounded in time or place. The Software Engineering & Design (SEAD) group at the Open University (OU) is leading software engineering research in this new reality that requires a paradigm shift in the way software is developed and used. This platform grant will grow and sustain strategic, multi-disciplinary, crosscutting research activities that underpin the advances in software engineering required to build the pervasive and ubiquitous computing systems that will be tightly woven into the fabric of a complex and changing socio-technical world. In addition to sustaining and growing the SEAD group at the OU and supporting its continued collaboration with the Social Psychology research group at the University of Exeter, the SAUSE platform will also enable the group to have lasting impact across several application domains such as healthcare, aviation, policing, and sustainability. The grant will allow the team to enhance the existing partner networks in these areas and to develop impact pathways for their research, going beyond the scope and lifetime of individual research projects.


Evaluating the effectiveness of risk containers to isolate change propagation (2021-06)
Leigh, Andrew; Wermelinger, Michel and Zisman, Andrea
Journal of Systems and Software, 176, Article 110947

Food Data Trust: A framework for information sharing (2021)
Brewer, Steve; Pearson, Simon; Roger, Maull; Phil, Godsiff; Frey, Jeremy; Zisman, Andrea; Parr, Gerard; McMillan, Andrew; Cameron, Sarah; Blackmore, Hannah; Loise, Manning and Bidaut, Luc
Nature Food, 2 (pp. 543-545)

Are Distributed Ledger Technologies the panacea for food traceability? (2019-03)
Pearson, Simon; May, David; Leontidis, Georgios; Swainson, Mark; Brewer, Steve; Bidaut, Luc; Frey, Jeremy G.; Parr, Gerard; Maull, Roger and Zisman, Andrea
Global Food Security, 20 (pp. 145-149)

LiveBox: A Self-Adaptive Forensic-Ready Service for Drones (2019)
Yu, Yijun; Barthaud, Danny; Price, Blaine; Bandara, Arosha; Zisman, Andrea and Nuseibeh, Bashar
IEEE Access, 7 (pp. 148401-148412)

A scalable and dynamic application-level secure communication framework for inter-cloud services (2015-07-31)
Sajjad, Ali; Rajarajan, Muttukrishnan; Zisman, Andrea and Dimitrakos, Theo
Future Generation Computer Systems, 48 (pp. 19-27)

Proactive and reactive runtime service discovery: a framework and its evaluation (2013)
Zisman, A.; Spanoudakis, G.; Dooley, J. and Siveroni, I.
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 39(7) (pp. 954-974)

Discovering services during service-based system design using UML (2010-05)
Spanoudakis, George and Zisman, Andrea
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 36(3) (pp. 371-389)

A UML-based static verification framework for security (2010)
Siveroni, Igor; Zisman, Andrea and Spanoudakis, George
Requirements Engineering, 15(1) (pp. 95-118)

XTraQue: traceability for product line systems (2009-02)
Jirapanthong, Waraporn and Zisman, Andrea
Software and Systems Modeling, 8(1) (pp. 117-144)

Parallel Adaptation of Multiple Service Composition Instances (2019-01-15)
Aschoff, Rafael; Zisman, Andrea and Alexandre, Pedro
In: Yu, Yijun; Bandara, Arosha; Honiden, Shinichi; Hu, Zhenjiang; Tamai, Tetsuo; Muller, Haussi; Mylopoulos, John and Nuseibeh, Bashar eds. Engineering Adaptive Software Systems: Communications of NII Shonan Meetings (pp. 115-134)
ISBN : 978-981-13-2184-9 | Publisher : Springer

SERIES: A Task Modelling Notation for Resource-driven Adaptation (2022)
Akiki, Paul; Zisman, Andrea and Bennaceur, Amel
In : 24th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (25-27 Apr 2022, Online)

Work With What You’ve Got: An Approach for Resource-driven Adaptation (2021-11-18)
Akiki, Paul. A.; Bennaceur, Amel and Zisman, Andrea
In : IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems Companion (ACSOS-C) (27 Sep - 1 Oct 2021, Washington, USA) (pp. 105-110)

Towards Adaptive Inspection for Fraud in I4.0 Supply Chain (2021-09)
Welsh, Thomas; Alrimawi, Faeq; Farahani, Ali; Hasset, Diane; Zisman, Andrea and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 2021 ETFA - IEEE 26th International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (7-10 Sep 2021, Vasteras, Sweden)

Dragonfly: a Tool for Simulating Self-Adaptive Drone Behaviours (2019-05-25)
Maia, Paulo; Vieira, Lucas; Chagas, Matheus; Yu, Yijun; Zisman, Andrea and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : SEAMS 2019: 14th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (25-26 May 2019, Montreal, Canada) (pp. 107-113)

Risk Containers – A Help or Hindrance to Practitioners? (2019-05)
Leigh, Andrew; Wermelinger, Michel and Zisman, Andrea
In : IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2019) (25-29 Mar 2019, Hamburg) (pp. 230-233)

Won’t Take No for an Answer: Resource-driven Requirements Adaptation (2019)
Bennaceur, Amel; Zisman, Andrea; Mccormick, Ciaran; Barthaud, Danny and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 14th Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems 2019 (25-26 May 2019, Montréal, Canada)

The internet of food things: Adding values to the digitalisation of the UK food supply chain (2019)
Brewer, Steve; Pearson, Simon; Bidaut, Luc; Frey, Jeremy G; Parr, Gerard and Zisman, Andrea
In : Living in the internet of things: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world (01-02 May 2019, London)

Cautious Adaptation of Defiant Components (2019)
Maia, Paulo; Vieira, Lucas; Chagas, Matheus; Yu, Yijun; Zisman, Andrea and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : The 34th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2019) (11-15 Nov 2019, San Diego, California, USA) (pp. 974-985)

Identifying Conflicting Requirements in Systems of Systems (2017-09-04)
Viana, Thiago; Zisman, Andrea and Bandara, Arosha K.
In : IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE@NEXT) (4-8 Sep 2017) (pp. 436-441)

Software Architecture Risk Containers (2017)
Leigh, Andrew Philip; Wermelinger, Michel and Zisman, Andrea
In : European Conference on Software Architecture (11-15 Sep 2017, Canterbury, UK)

Towards a Framework for Managing Inconsistencies in Systems of Systems (2016-12)
Viana, Thiago; Bandara, Arosha and Zisman, Andrea
In : Colloquium on Software-intensive Systems-of-Systems at 10th European Conference on Software Architecture (29 Nov 2016, Copenhagen)

Trace++: A Traceability Approach for Agile Software Engineering (2016-09)
Furtado, Felipe and Zisman, Andrea
In : 24th IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (12-16 Sep 2016, China)

An Evaluation of Design Rule Spaces as Risk Containers (2016-07-21)
Leigh, Andrew; Wermelinger, Michel and Zisman, Andrea
In : 13th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) (5-8 Apr 2016, Venice, Italy) (pp. 295-298)

Feed me, Feed me: An Exemplar for Engineering Adaptive Software (2016)
Bennaceur, Amel; Mccormick, Ciaran; García Galán, Jesús; Perera, Charith; Smith, Andrew; Zisman, Andrea and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 11th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (16-17 May 2016)

Managing security control assumptions using causal traceability (2015-07-17)
Nhlabatsi, Armstrong; Yu, Yijun; Zisman, Andrea; Tun, Thein; Khan, Niamul; Bandara, Arosha; Khan, Khaled and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 8th International Symposium on Software and Systems Traceability (SST 2015) (17 Jul 2015, Florence, Italy)

Decomposing ratings in service compositions (2013-12-02)
Silva, Icamaan and Zisman, Andrea
In : 11th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (2-5 Dec 2013, Berlin)

Improving trace accuracy through data-driven configuration and composition of tracing features (2013-08)
Lohar, Sugandha; Amornborvornwong, Sorowit; Zisman, Andrea and Cleland-Huang, Jane
In : 9th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (18-26 Aug 2013, St Petersburg, Russia) (pp. 378-388)

Secure communication using dynamic VPN provisioning in an Inter-Cloud environment (2012-12)
Sajjad, Ali; Zisman, Andrea; Rajarajan, Muttukrishnan; Nair, Srijith K. and Dimitrakos, Theo
In : ICON 2012 18th IEEE International Conference On Networks (12-14 Dec 2012, Singapore) (pp. 428-433)

A framework for trustworthy services (2012-11)
da Silva, Icamaan and Zisman, Andrea
In : 10th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2012) (12-15 Nov 2012, Shanghai, China) (pp. 328-343)

Trust model for optimized cloud services (2012)
Pawar, P. S.; Rajarajan, M.; Krishnan Nair, S. and Zisman, A.
In : IFIPTM 2012: 6th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference on Trust Management (21-25 May 2012, Surat, India) (pp. 97-112)

QoS-driven proactive adaptation of service composition (2011)
Aschoff, Rafael and Zisman, Andrea
In : 9th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2011) (5-8 Dec 2011, Paphos, Cyprus)