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Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Kreiner C.,University of Graz | Bachmann O.,SIBAC | Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | And 3 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2013

In the EU project SafEUr (518632-LLP-1-2011-1-AT-LEONARDO-LMP) the partnership developed a skill set with learning objectives, training materials, and tools to teach and coach the implementation of IEC 61508 and ISO 26262. Automotive, Medical, and Nuclear industry gave inputs to the project. A group of above 20 multinational companies (SOQRATES www.soqrates.de) which also are active in automotive industry (some of them represent the largest suppliers in Automotive industry) organised reviews and trial courses with safety managers. This led to a defined set of skills and tools we expect from functional safety managers and functional safety engineers. In this paper we describe the results of SafEUr, the feedback we received from the collaboration with leading automotive industry and the next steps in 2013 to launch this schema with official certificates from end of 2013 onwards. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.


Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Tichkiewitch S.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Stolfa J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Stolfa S.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | And 3 more authors.
Procedia CIRP | Year: 2016

European Automotive Industry is suffering from a skill gap between engineering graduates and industry practices. This paper introduces a collaborative research aiming at establishing a certified automotive engineering design curriculum which shall serve as a springboard to highly qualified engineering design jobs in the automotive industry. Based on the European AQUA sector skills alliance, this research brings together major players from industry and higher education. Integrated design education with a clear ECTS-ECVET evaluation scheme plays a key role in this curriculum, since most of the modern skill challenges in automotive are related to interdisciplinary design optimization of quality and costs. © 2016 The Authors.


Stolfa J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Stolfa S.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Tichkiewitch S.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | And 4 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

This paper discusses the extension of AQUA (Automotive Knowledge Alliance AQUA – Integrating Automotive SPICE, Six Sigma, and Functional Safety) into the higher education studies. Follow-up project Automotive quality universities (AQU) aims to the adaptation of the AQUA integrated concept to the universities ECTS granted courses. The goal is to bridge the knowledge gap between the automotive industry needs and graduates capabilities in the area of Automotive SPICE, Functional Safety and Six Sigma. The integrated concept of AQU and AQUA complex approach to the education of graduates and engineers to enhance the knowledge in this area is described. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Rodic M.,University of Maribor | Riel A.,EMIRAcle & ISCN Group | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Stolfa J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Stolfa S.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

The European Automotive Quality Sector Skill Alliance AQUA has been establishing practice-oriented education and training program on modern automotive engineering challenges since 2012. In the context of their most recent activity, they transfer their certified industry training program on integrated automotive quality engineering and management to higher education. This article introduces a practical example that is used in this new curriculum to explain the functional safety dimension of integrated automotive quality. Since the students are highly interested in electric and hybrid vehicles technologies, the example of an e-motor control for the drivetrain was chosen as a case study. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Biro M.,Software Competence Center Hagenberg | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Colomo-Palacios R.,Ostfold University College
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process | Year: 2015

The Special Issue of Journal of Software: Evolution and Process discusses papers on the process improvement approaches by The European System and Software Process Improvement and Innovation Initiative. The paper 'Identifying correlations of findings for building process improvement packages using graph clustering' by Choi, Kim, and Park is devoted to software process improvement (SPI), one of the cornerstones of the EuroSPI community. In the paper 'ITIL in small to medium-sized enterprises software companies: towards an implementation sequence' by Lema and co-researchers, the authors present a suggestion on ITIL implementation sequence on small entities. Experience with teaching and applying Process Appraisals at a University' by De Man deals with SPI education for small companies. The topic of SPI implementations is widespread in the community including papers on evaluation and control information security aspects, and the ISO/IEC 29110: Systems and Software Life Cycle Profiles and Guidelines for Very Small Entities (VSEs). The paper 'Towards Relating Delivery Methods and Examination Success: Lessons Learned from the VALO LLP Project Case Study' by Rahanu and colleagues is also presenting an effort on the ECQA certification schema, this time devoted to project valorization. In the paper 'Where does all this waste come from?', Raschke present a conceptual model on waste creation in software development projects following agile scenarios.


Bachmann V.,SIBAC GmbH | Messnarz R.,ISCN Ltd.
Journal of software: Evolution and Process | Year: 2013

Within the last 5 years the need for a system development and a process that describes this development became more and more obvious. The number of software and electronic engineers rose even in companies that were traditionally working in the field of puremechanics. The ISO standard 15504 was consequently expanded fromthe software to the system. Nevertheless, even 5 years after this change, there is nearly no subsystem mechanics completely described in the same tool as the subsystems electronics and software. This break within the tool chain is the tip of an iceberg reaching all the way down to the lived processes in development. This paper tries to give a solution that was worked out in a group of integrated designers that developed a program for the European Certification and Qualification Association. It shows an example that was tested in an industry project to reach level two, according to the Automotive SPICE standard, on system level in a customer assessment. It shows how to bring together standards that are used in electronics, software, and mechanics to find an integrated design approach to improve safety and availability of systems composed of these parts. Namely, this is the IEC 61508 asking for a risk analysis, which again finds entrance into the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) that is a commonly known tool in mechanical development. The FMEA again has an interface to the ISO 15504, which is described here as well. An integrated design is the outcome of this process by using the tools mentioned and bringing them together properly. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Kollenhof M.,Symbol BV | Boersma S.,ROC Summa College | Gommans R.,ROC Ter AA | And 2 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

Professionals in the automotive industry, teachers at Vocational Education and Training institutions (VETs), and training and consulting organizations from all over Europe developed a curriculum of basic skills needed to assume modern Automotive Engineering job roles. Based on this curriculum, defined in the form of two skill sets, training materials, as well as a text book and exercise book have been authored. For VETs and industry pilot trainings were organized. The training not only prepares automotive students for their future jobs in the automotive industry but also enables professionals in the automotive industry to teach their newly graduated engineering employees in specific and fundamental knowledge and skills that form the basis of the growing variety of engineering job roles in the automotive industry. This article describes the experiences so far and looks ahead to the near future. The proposed Automotive Engineering curriculum provides a value-added springboard for engineers to assume engineering job roles in the modern automotive industry. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Rahanu H.,Middlesex University | Georgiadou E.,Middlesex University | Georgiadou E.,SEEQMA Ltd. | Siakas K.,Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process | Year: 2015

Didactic, teacher-centred approaches and rote learning have long been discredited and gradually replaced by participative, interactive and creative learning sessions. Formal classroom sessions are being replaced or augmented by self-directed study increasingly in distance mode. The evolution and affordability of technologies enables massive participation in studies, not only for short training for professional updating but also for longer study periods and attainment of qualifications. The rapid changes in society and technology demand that everybody continuously updates their knowledge and skills in their area of expertise and gain knowledge, skills and competencies in other areas for a successful life of careers and not necessarily a career for life as was the norm in the past. It is important to safeguard the quality of independent assessment and certification methods. In this paper, we consider the main delivery methods and their impact on assessment methods and associated results. With reference to the European Certification and Qualification Association framework and the recently completed European Union co-funded Lifelong Learning Programme project VALO, we juxtapose the delivery methods used and the examination results at different partner institutions. We extract observed issues and trends, which could be principles to be adopted by future projects with regards to process improvement and performance enhancement. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Draghici A.,Polytechnic University of Timişoara | Draghici G.,Polytechnic University of Timişoara | Izvercianu M.,Polytechnic University of Timişoara | Riel A.,Grenoble University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2010

The paper presents a specific approach for defining a new job role so call Research-Entrepreneur that have to be trained and certified at the European level. These processes are supported by an e-learning platform developed by the European Certification and Qualification Association in the last ten years. After a brief description of the Research-Entrepreneur skill card definition there are presented the skills acquisition within the platform, the methodology of the skill sets provision and the qualification and certification procedures. Also, the link with a national e-learning platform in the same field is described. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Riel A.,EMIRAcle and ISCN Group | Sauberer G.,Termnet | Reiner M.,Danube University Krems
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

In the ECQA (European Certification and Qualification Association, www.ecqa.org) there are different Job Role Committee consortia which have developed training and certificates related to entrepreneurship and innovation. This paper elaborates an innovation and improvement strategy for Europe where the different consortia join forces to form a Europe wide alliance based on a pool of several modern certified job roles comprising more than 120 knowledge and training modules, 400 performance criteria and learning outcomes, as well as an online campus. The strategy is to bring these different consortia and qualifications together and create an entrepreneurship and innovation portfolio available for universities and businesses across all the European member states. An ECQA certified terminology manager qualification approach will be used to create an ontology linking all these entrepreneurship qualifications to form a European knowledge pool. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

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