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RoQME: Dealing with Non-Functional Properties through Global Robot QoS Metrics

Non-functional properties are an essential part of any software solution. There is a lot of literature on what non-functional properties are but, unfortunately, there is also a lot of disagreement and different points of view on how to deal with them. Non-functional properties, such as safety or dependability, become particularly relevant in the context of robotics. In the EU H2020 RobMoSys Project, non-functional properties are treated as first-class citizens and considered key added-value services. In this vein, the RoQME Integrated Technical Project, funded by RobMoSys, aims at contributing a model-driven tool-chain for dealing with system-level non-functional properties, enabling the specification of global robot Quality of Service (QoS) metrics. The estimation of these metrics at runtime, in terms of the contextual information available, can then be used for different purposes, such as robot behavior adaptation or benchmarking.

On the Modular Specification of NFPs: A Case Study

The modular specification of non-functional properties of systems is a current challenge of Software Engineering, for which no clear solution exists. However, in the case of Domain-Specific Languages some successful proposals are starting to emerge, combining model-driven techniques with aspect-weaving mechanisms. In this paper we show one of these approaches in practice, and present the implementation we have developed to fully support it. We apply our approach for the specification and monitoring of non-functional properties using observers to a case study, illustrating how generic observers defining nonfunctional properties can be defined in an independent manner. Then, correspondences between these observers and the domain-specific model of the system can be established, and then weaved into a unified system specification using an ATL model transformation. Such a unified specification can also be analyzed in a natural way to obtain the required non-functional properties of the system.

Generating reliable services composition using A-policies: a model-driven approach

This paper presents an approach for modeling and associat-
ing A-Policies to services’ based applications. It proposes to extend the SOD-M model driven method with (i) the -SCM an A-Policy services’
composition meta-model for representing non-functional constraints associated to services’ based applications; (ii) the -Pews meta-model providing guidelines for expressing the composition and the policies; and, (iii) model to model and model to text transformation rules for semiautomatizing the implementation of reliable services’ compositions.