Monday, 22 May 2017 12:08

CA, Swinburne and Melbourne University combine on new research project

CA, Swinburne and Melbourne University combine on new research project Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

CA Technologies has been awarded an Australian Research Council grant in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne for a new project focused on service virtualisation and machine learning.

The three-year project combines the domain expertise of CA’s research arm — CA Strategic Research — in service virtualisation and predictive analysis, with expertise in software engineering of Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne’s machine learning expertise.

CA Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Melbourne, have been partnering in research since 2006.

Announcement of the project follows as an extension of the service virtualisation grant project between CA and Swinburne in 2014, which focused on allowing a service to be virtualised in the absence of expert knowledge and explicit documentation.

CA says the project is focused on three new extensions with the aim of increasing the reliability of software deployment and reducing the delivery time for software applications from development to release.

“Only about a third of applications for research grants are successful and this grant is an acknowledgement of our commitment to the area of service virtualisation and what we’ve been able to offer the industry to date,” said Steve Versteeg, vice-president of Research at CA Strategic Research, Melbourne.

“We’re glad to be able to embark on this new journey and hope the result is new DevOps solutions that help our customers more efficiently and effectively run their organisations.”

The research team comprises four professors from across the two universities, including Professor Jun Han, associate Professor Jean-Guy Schneider, Professor Chengfei Liu and Professor Chris Leckie, four PhD researchers, one research fellow and a team of domain experts from CA Technologies.

The grant comprises financial and in-kind funding from CA Technologies, the Australian Research Council, Swinburne University and The University of Melbourne.

Jun Han, Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, said, “Our previous service virtualisation grant project with CA aided product development to the point of being included in new service virtualisation products that are now being sold to customers across the world. That’s a compelling prospect and our aim is to achieve similar success.”

 “We’ve worked with CA Strategic Research many times on grants projects over the years and there have been some extremely compelling outputs. I’m confident that our combined effort will result in new developments that become commercially available via CA products,” said Christopher Leckie, Professor at The University of Melbourne.


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