The MUSCAT Thematic Focus Group is part of the SPARKS team of the I3S laboratory (CNRS / Université Côte d'Azur).

MUSCAT stands for eMpowering hUmans in maStering production of large sCale sysTems (yes, this is quite far, but you know, we've got a catchy name...). We study problems in software engineering in which we aim at helping human stakeholders (software architect, developer, product owner, final user) to understand and make decisions on practices, processes, and code. The application domains we target are quite broad, with machine learning related software (e.g. ML workflows), cyber-physical systems, or human-machine interfaces. We are especially intersted in very large variability-rich systems and emergent systems.


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Research Topics

Mastering ML practices

With the continuous development of large scale software systems, different forms of requirements must be related, in a consistent way, to other activities and artifacts of the development and operational life cycle (dev+ops).

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Large Scale Variability

Software variability studies the variation points and commonality that exists within a family of software products. We study large scale management of variability-aware software.

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Distributed Interfaces

We study the application of territoriality in contexts such as multi-display gaming in which personal information must be correctly managed.

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Mireille Blay-Fornarino
Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur)
Philippe Collet
Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur), group leader
Philippe Lahire
Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur), on secondment as executive vice president for Information Systems at Université Côte d'Azur
Anne-Marie Pinna-Dery
Assistant Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur)
Philippe Renevier-Gonin
Assistant Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur)

Postdoc Researchers

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Graduate Students

Yassine Elamraoui
Yassine Elamraoui
MSc 2019
Johann Mortara
Johann Mortara
MSc 2019


Ivan Logre PhD, 2017. MSc, 2013. Now R&D engineer at KAIZEN Solutions
Sébastien Mosser Professor, UQAM (past member)
Fredéric Precioso Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur), MAASAI INRIA-I3S join team
Michel Riveill Professor, (Université Côte d'Azur), MAASAI INRIA-I3S join team

Undergraduate Students

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Benjamin Benni PhD 2019 (Université Côte d'Azur), Postdoc, Concordia University
Sébastien Bonnieux PhD 2020 (Université Côte d'Azur)
Cyril Cecchinel PhD, 2017 (Université Côte d'Azur) MSc, 2014. Now research engineer at DataThings
Clément Duffau PhD, 2018 (Université Côte d'Azur). MSc, 2015.
Eddy Ghabach PhD, 2018 (Université Côte d'Azur).
Gunter Jüngbluth MSc 2018 (Université Côte d'Azur), now lead architect at Games Lab
Sami Lazreg PhD 2020 (Université Côte d'Azur), Postdoc, Univ. of Luxemburg
Xhevahire Ternava PhD, 2017 (Université Côte d'Azur), Postdoc, Université de Rennes (Diverse Team)

Past Undergraduate Students

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