Tuesday, 27 August 2019 13:42

Code Valley group to meet in Townsville on software development

Code Valley group to meet in Townsville on software development Image Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A small but influential group including some of the world’s leading thinkers in artificial intelligence and machine learning are coming together in Townsville in north Queensland at the beginning of September to address what is said to be one of the biggest advances in software engineering in recent decades.

Professor Tommi Mikkonen and Associate Professor Ihantola from the University of Helsinki will meet for a second time with Code Valley Corp - developers of the new Emergent Coding paradigm – in Townsville, and will be joined by Australian Associate Professor Nick Falkner of University of Adelaide, and CQUniversity Australia’s Associate Professor Dennis Jarvis, Dr Yufeng Lin and Dr Farzad Sanati, with a view to building collaboration in global research and commercialisation.

Some 50 years ago in 1968, software pioneer and developer of UNIX Douglas Mcillroy said that software development must become automated and industrialised to achieve the step change needed to meet future computer generations, and pinned a star on the wall - and, CQUniversity says the similarly pioneering work for industrialised software development now being done by the Code Valley team under Noel Lovisa looks poised to finally reach that star.

Professor Mikkonen said he had been impressed by Emergent Coding as it is refreshingly different from those software development approaches that have become mainstream and he has been watching the development with great interest, including a previous visit to Townsville to see proof of concept and participate in early tutorials on the process.

“The theme behind this gathering will be establishing research collaboration across the globe to progress Emergent Coding as well as seeking more business-related cooperation with major companies and Code Valley Corp,” he said.

The group will also review and critique work towards a “minimum viable product” which is a significant step towards commercialisation.

The University of Helsinki has been actively involved in supporting Code Valley’s work since the concept was first globally showcased in a keynote presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Software Engineering by Code Valley founder Noel Lovisa.

Professor Mikkonen said, “The progress Noel and his team have made is impressive; with proof of concept running, individual viable applications built using the process, a suite of agents collaborating online, and other groups including the Australian universities of Central Queensland and Adelaide along with our faculty in Helsinki looking to apply emergent coding to robotics, artificial intelligence and many other applications.”

CQUniversity’s Dr Lin, an expert in analysis and synthesis of networked systems in computer science, said he was looking forward to working with the high-calibre participants at the “momentous workshop”.

“A discussion around Course work for Emergent Coding Technology (ECT) will be high on the agenda where we hope to come up with a development plan to build a teaching platform in this space,” Dr Lin said.

“I am also looking forward to discussing research project opportunities and what academic collaborations can be achieved for this novel technology.”

CQUniversity says that with global software market revenues of $347.8 billion in 2017, a steady growth rate of 2.4 percent - a paradigm shift which allowed individual developers to truly specialise and which significantly reduces both production times and error levels - has the potential to increase developer income through specialisation while greatly cutting development time and reducing error levels.


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