Lucas Carvalho Leal is a joint PhD student at Unicamp and Unifi. He is under Prof. Andrea Ceccarelli's supervision at Unifi and Prof. Eliane Martins' at Unicamp. He has started his six months secondment at Unifi on November, 2019. His current research focus is on the use of run-time monitoring data to generate and update behavior models of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and their application to performing run-time CPS testing. 

He is also working on model transformation and generation from System-of-Systems behavior descriptors to apply on run time model-based testing processes in cooperation with Prof. Leonardo Montecchi. In his seminar at CINI-UNIFI he presented a self-adaptable framework to automate the model-based testing process. The research started as an investigation of run time regression tests on service orchestrations, however, the results brought him close to Model Driven Engineering and Run time System Monitoring, which now are the main goals of his PhD research. 

LADC is the major Latin-American event on computer system dependability. LADC'2019 was held in Brazil at the city of Natal/RN from November 19 to 21, at the Instituto Metróplole Digital (IMD) premises of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). 

The award of  Best Paper was given to a research paper titled "Performability Analysis of a Tramway System with Virtual Tags and Local Positioning" co-authored by Professor Paolo Lollini (CINI - UNIF), Professor Andrea Bondavalli (CINI - UNIFI) and Diamantea Mongelli (CINI - Resiltech).

Bence Graics and Vince Molnár (BME) have started their secondments at INPE in October 2019. Bence Graics is a PhD student and Vince Molnár is an associate researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Their main research interests are model-driven development and verification of component-based reactive systems. Vince Molnár also specialized on formal methods to support the verification of large-scale concurrent systems.

The 1st Workshop on vAlidation and verification in FuturE cybeR-physical Systems (WAFERS) will be co-Located with the LADC 2019 Conference (Latin-American Dependable Computing) on November 19th Natal, Brasil.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a common forum where researchers from across the world can debate new research ideas and directions on novel dependability assessment approaches for cyber-physical and complex systems by gathering researchers and practitioners working on cypher-physical research topics and related areas such as data communication in cyber-physical networks, safety and security of cyber-physical and critical systems, automated verification and validation of critical systems.

The workshop featured invited papers presenting ongoing research projects, three talks presenting the accepted papers, and a panel discussion shared with LADC.

During the considered period, Andrea Ceccarelli (CINI-UNIFI) worked with professors Leonardo Montecchi and Eliane Martins, PhD student Lucas Leal and MSc student Elder de Oliveira Rodrigues Júnior. In particular, it should be noted that Andrea Ceccarelli is currently appointed as supervisor of Lucas Leal, who is currently performing a dual PhD Degree with University of Campinas and University of Firenze. Further, Andrea Ceccarelli is expected to supervise Elder during his stay in Firenze, that is planned for six months starting at the end of 2019.