Nicolas Anquetil

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You will find here my publications organized by topic. In my publications page, they are presented by type and in chronological order.

My work covers various topics of software maintenance:

Software Architecture

Systems are initially conceived with a given goal and scope in mind. As they evolve and new functionalities are added, this goal and scope will typically drift in unforeseen directions. After some time, it becomes necessary to straighten things by redefining a new architecture, taking into account the new scope of the system. I worked on methods to help in this task.

  1. Cristiano Maffort, Marco Túlio Valente, Ricardo Terra, Mariza Bigonha, Nicolas Anquetil and Andre Hora, Mining Architectural Violations from Version History, Empirical Software Engineering, 21, 854–895, 2016, Impact Factor (2013) 1.640, PDF, DOI.
  2. Gustavo Santos, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, OrionPlanning: Improving Modularization and Checking Consistency on Software Architecture, 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT 2015) – Tool track, 190–194, 2015, PDF.
  3. Luciana L. Silva, Marco Túlio Valente, Marcelo Maia and Nicolas Anquetil, Developers' Perception of Co-Change Patterns: An Empirical Study, Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 2015, acceptance rate: 32/148 = 22%, PDF.
  4. Gustavo Santos, Marco Túlio Valente and Nicolas Anquetil, Remodularization Analysis Using Semantic Clustering, Software Maintenance, Reengineering and Reverse Engineering (CSMR-WCRE), 2014 Software Evolution Week-IEEE Conference on, 224–33, 2014, acceptance rate: 27/86 = 31%.
  5. Rafael S. Durelli, Daniel S.M. Santibáñez, B. Marinho, R. Honda, Márcio E. Delamaro, Nicolas Anquetil and Valter Vieira Camargo, A mapping study on architecture-driven modernization, Information Reuse and Integration (IRI), 2014 IEEE 15th International Conference on, 577-584, IEEE, 2014, DOI.
  6. Jannik Laval, Nicolas Anquetil, Usman Bhatti and Stéphane Ducasse, oZone: Layer identification in the presence of cyclic dependencies, Science of Computer Programming, 78, 1055–1072, 2013, Impact Factor (2013) 0.548, PDF, DOI.
  7. Cristiano Maffort, Marco Túlio Valente, Mariza Bigonha, Andre Hora, Nicolas Anquetil and Jonata Menezes, Mining Architectural Patterns Using Association Rules, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE'13), 2013, Acceptance rate: 72/259 = 28%, PDF.
  8. Cristiano Maffort, Marco Túlio Valente, Nicolas Anquetil, Andre Hora and Mariza Bigonha, Heuristics for Discovering Architectural Violations, Proceedings of the 20th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'13), 2013, Acceptance rate: 38/97 = 39%, PDF.
  9. Hani Abdeen, Houari Sahraoui, Osama Shata, Nicolas Anquetil and Stéphane Ducasse, Towards Automatically Improving Package Structure While Respecting Original Design Decisions, International Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'13), IEEE Computer Society Press, 2013, Acceptance rate: 38/97 = 39%, PDF.
  10. Muhammad U.Bhatti, Nicolas Anquetil, Marianne Huchard and Stéphane Ducasse, A Catalog of Patterns for Concept Lattice Interpretation in Software Reengineering, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2012), 118–24, 2012, acceptance rate: 59/219 = 27%, PDF.
  11. Nicolas Anquetil and Jannik Laval, Legacy Software Restructuring: Analyzing a Concrete Case, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'11), 279–286, 2011, acceptance rate: 29/101 = 29%, PDF.
  12. Jannik Laval, Nicolas Anquetil and Stéphane Ducasse, OZONE: Package Layered Structure Identification in presence of Cycles, Proceedings of the 9th edition of the Workshop BElgian-NEtherlands software eVOLution seminar (BENEVOL'10), 2010, PDF.
  13. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy C Lethbridge, Ten years later, experiments with clustering as a software remodularization method, Reverse Engineering, 2009. WCRE'09. 16th Working Conference on, 7–7, 2009.
  14. Nicolas Anquetil, J-C Royer, Pascal Andre, Gilles Ardourel, Petr Hnetynka, Tomas Poch, Dragos Petrascu and Vladiela Petrascu, Javacompext: Extracting architectural elements from java source code, Reverse Engineering, 2009. WCRE'09. 16th Working Conference on, 317–318, 2009.
  15. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy Lethbridge, Comparative study of clustering algorithms and abstract representations for software remodularization, IEE Proceedings - Software, 150, 185-201, 2003, PDF, DOI.
  16. Timothy C. Lethbridge and Nicolas Anquetil, Approaches to clustering for program comprehension and remodularization, Advances in software engineering: Comprehension, Evaluation, and Evolution, 137–157, Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 2002, PDF.
  17. Nicolas Anquetil, A Comparison of Graphs of Concept for Reverse Engineering, Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Program Comprehension, 231–, IEEE Computer Society, 2000, PDF.
  18. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy Lethbridge, Experiments with Clustering as a Software Remodularization Method, Proceedings of Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'99), 235–255, 1999, DOI.
  19. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy C. Lethbridge, Recovering Software Architecture from the Names of Source Files, Journal of Software Maintenance: Research and Practice, 11, 201–21, 1999, 5 Year ISI impact factor (2010) 1.523, DOI.
  20. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy C. Lethbridge, Extracting Concepts from File Names: a New File Clustering Criterion, Proceedings of the 20th international conference on Software engineering, 84–93, IEEE Computer Society, 1998, PDF.
  21. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy C. Lethbridge, File clustering using naming conventions for legacy systems, Proceedings of the 1997 conference of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Collaborative research, 184–195, IBM Press, 1997, PDF.

Software Quality / Metrics

In software maintenance, the quality of the system (e.g., its source code, its architecture) can greatly impact the time it takes to understand it, or to introduce a new feature. In this sense, a good part of my research has been dedicated to software quality metrics and models.

  1. Cesar Couto, Marco Túlio Valente, Pedro Pires, André Hora, Nicolas Anquetil and Roberto S. Bigonha, BugMaps-Granger: a tool for visualizing and predicting bugs using Granger causality tests, Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development, 2, 1, Springer, 2014, Impact Factor (2011) 0.130, PDF.
  2. Cesar Couto, Pedro Pires, Marco Túlio Valente, Roberto Silva Bigonha and Nicolas Anquetil, Predicting software defects with causality tests, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), 93, 24–41, 2014, Impact Factor (2013) 1.245, PDF, DOI.
  3. Cesar Couto, Pedro Pires, Marco Túlio Valente, Roberto Bigonha, Andre Hora and Nicolas Anquetil, BugMaps-Granger: A Tool for Causality Analysis between Source Code Metrics and Bugs, Proceedings of the 4th Brazilian Conference on Software: Theory and Practice (CBSoft'13), 2013, PDF.
  4. Karine Mordal-Manet, Nicolas Anquetil, Jannik Laval, Alexander Serebrenik, Bogdan Vasilescu and Stéphane Ducasse, Software quality metrics aggregation in industry, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 25, 1117–1135, 2013, Impact Factor (2013) 0.442, PDF, DOI.
  5. Cesar Couto, Christofer Silva, Marco T. Valente, Roberto Bigonha and Nicolas Anquetil, Uncovering Causal Relationships between Bugs and Software Metrics, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'12), 2012, acceptance rate: 30/108 = 28%.
  6. Karine Mordal-Manet, Jannik Laval, Stéphane Ducasse, Nicolas Anquetil, Françoise Balmas, Fabrice Bellingard, Laurent Bouhier, Philippe Vaillergues and Thomas J. McCabe, An empirical model for continuous and weighted metric aggregation, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'11), 141–150, 2011, acceptance rate: 29/82 = 35%, PDF.
  7. Stéphane Ducasse, Nicolas Anquetil, Usman Bhatti and Andre Cavalcante Hora, Software Metrics for Package Remodularisation, 2011, PDF.
  8. Hércules Antonio Prado, Edilson Ferneda, Nicolas Anquetil and Elizabeth d'Arrochella Teixeira, Counselor, a Data Mining Based Time Estimation for Software Maintenance, Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, 364–371, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009.
  9. Cristiane S. Ramos, Káthia Marçal Oliveira and Nicolas Anquetil, Legacy Software Evaluation Model for Outsourced Maintainer, 8th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR 2004), 48-57, IEEE Computer Society, 2004, DOI.

Knowledge management

One of the conclusions of my research was that some tasks, like evaluating the quality of an architectural design, depend also on information of a different nature. For example, one may want to decompose a system according to the various market segments it targets (e.g., hotels, hospitals, or schools), or according to internal divisions in the organization using it (e.g., sales department, logistics department, etc.). This led me to work with more abstract concepts or consider the knowledge required from software maintainers to do their work.

  1. Nicolas Anquetil, Káthia M. Oliveira, Kleiber D. Sousa and Márcio G. Batista Dias, Software maintenance seen as a knowledge management issue, Information Software Technology, 49, 515–529, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007, Impact Factor (2008) 1.200, PDF, DOI.
  2. Sergio Cozzetti B. de Souza, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia M. de Oliveira, Which documentation for software maintenance?, Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society, 31–44, 2006, PDF, DOI.
  3. Nicolas Anquetil, Káthia M. Oliveira and Márcio G. B. Dias, Software Maintenance Ontology, 5, Ontologies for Software Engineering and Software Technology, 153–173, Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 2006, DOI.
  4. Alexandre H. Torres, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia M. Oliveira, Pro-active dissemination of knowledge with learning histories, Proceedings of the Eighth International Workshop on Learning Software Organizations, 19–27, 2006, PDF.
  5. Aurora Vizcaíno, Nicolas Anquetil, Kathia Oliveira and Francisco Ruiz, Merging Software Maintenance Ontologies: Our Experience, First Workshop on Ontology, Conceptualizations and Epistemology for Soft, IEEE Computer Society, 2005.
  6. Sergio Cozzetti B. Souza, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia M. Oliveira, A study of the documentation essential to software maintenance, Proceedings of the 23rd annual international conference on Design of communication: documenting & designing for pervasive information, 68–75, ACM, 2005, DOI.
  7. Kleiber D. Sousa, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia Marçal Oliveira, Learning Software Maintenance Organizations, Advances in Learning Software Organizations, 6th International Workshop, LSO 2004, 3096, 67-77, Springer, 2004.
  8. Márcio Greyck Batista Dias, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia Marçal Oliveira, Organizing the Knowledge Used in Software Maintance, WM 2003: Professionelles Wissesmanagement - Erfahrungen und Visionen, Beiträge der 2. Konferenz Professionelles Wissensmanagement, 28, 65-72, 2003.
  9. Nicolas Anquetil, Káthia Marçal Oliveira, Márcio Greyck Batista Dias, Marcelo Ramal and Ricardo Moura Meneses, Knowledge for Software Maintenance, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering (SEKE'2003), 61–68, 2003, acceptance rate: 71/159 = 45%.
  10. Márcio G. B. Dias, Nicolas Anquetil and Káthia M. Oliveira, Organizing the Knowledge Used in Software Maintenance, Journal of Universal Computer Science, 9, 641–658, 2003, PDF, DOI.
  11. M. Fenoll Ramal, Ricardo Moura Meneses and Nicolas Anquetil, A Disturbing Result on the Knowledge Used during Software Maintenance, 9th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE 2002), 277-, IEEE Computer Society, 2002, DOI.
  12. Nicolas Anquetil, Characterizing the Informal Knowledge Contained in Systems, WCRE '01: Proceedings of the Eighth Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'01), 166–175, IEEE Computer Society, 2001, acceptance rate: 27/104 = 26%, PDF, DOI.
  13. Nicolas Anquetil and Timothy C. Lethbridge, Assessing the relevance of identifier names in a legacy software system, Proceedings of the 1998 conference of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Collaborative research, 213–222, IBM Press, 1998, PDF.

Other

Beyond the main topics I studied (software rearchitecturing, software quality, knowledge involved in software maintenance) I also considered other aspects of the software maintenance ecosystem. For example, the organization within which the people work or the working processes this organization enforces.

  1. Leonardo Humberto Silva, Marco Túlio Valente, Alexandre Bergel, Nicolas Anquetil and Anne Etien, Identifying Classes in Legacy JavaScript Code, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 2017, DOI.
  2. André Hora, Romain Robbes, Marco Tulio Valente, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien and Stéphane Ducasse, How do Developers React to API Evolution? a Large-Scale Empirical Study, Software Quality Journal, Springer Verlag, 2016, PDF, DOI.
  3. André Cavalcante Hora, Marco Tulio Valente, Romain Robbes and Nicolas Anquetil, When should internal interfaces be promoted to public?, FSE 2016 Proceedings of the 2016 24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering , 2016, PDF, DOI.
  4. André Hora, Romain Robbes, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, How Do Developers React to API Evolution? The Pharo Ecosystem Case, Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 2015, acceptance rate: 32/148 = 22%, PDF.
  5. Leonardo Humberto Silva, Miguel Ramos, Marco Túlio Valente, Alexandre Bergel and Nicolas Anquetil, Does Javascript Software Embrace Classes?, Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER'15), 2015, acceptance rate: 46/144 = 32%, PDF.
  6. André Hora, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, Automatic Detection of System-Specific Conventions Unknown to Developers, Journal of Systems and Software, 2015, PDF, DOI.
  7. Hayatou Oumarou, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien, Stéphane Ducasse and Kolyang Dina Taiwe, Identifying the Exact Fixing Actions of Static Rule Violation, Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER'15), 2015, acceptance rate: 46/144 = 32%, PDF.
  8. Gustavo Santos, Nicolas Anquetil, Anne Etien, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, System Specific, Source Code Transformations, 31st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, 221–230, 2015, acceptance rate: 32/148 = 22%, PDF.
  9. Nicolas Anquetil, Stéphane Ducasse and Muhammad U. Bhatti, Dedicated Software Analysis Tools, ERCIM News, 99, 22–23, 2014, PDF.
  10. Andre Hora, Anne Etien, Nicolas Anquetil, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, APIEvolutionMiner: Keeping API Evolution under Control, Proceedings of the Software Evolution Week (CSMR-WCRE'14), 2014, acceptance rate: 27/86 = 31%, PDF.
  11. Andre Hora, Nicolas Anquetil, Stéphane Ducasse and Marco Túlio Valente, Mining System Specific Rules from Change Patterns, Proceedings of the 20th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'13), 2013, Acceptance rate: 38/97 = 39%, PDF.
  12. Rafael S. Durelli, Daniel S.M. Santibáñez, Nicolas Anquetil, Márcio E. Delamaro and Valter Vieira Camargo, A systematic review on mining techniques for crosscutting concerns, Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, 1080–1087, 2013, Acceptance rate: 255/1063 = 24%.
  13. Simon Allier, Nicolas Anquetil and Andre Hora Stéphane Ducasse, A Framework to Compare Alert Ranking Algorithms, Proceedings of the 19th International Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'12), 2012, Acceptance rate: 43/138 = 31%, PDF.
  14. Muhammad U. Bhatti, Nicolas Anquetil and Stéphane Ducasse, An Environment for dedicated Software Analysis tools, ERCIM News, 88, 12–13, 2012, PDF.
  15. Andre Hora, Nicolas Anquetil, Stéphane Ducasse and Simon Allier, Domain Specific Warnings: Are They Any Better?, Proceedings of the 28th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM'12), 2012, acceptance rate: 46/181 = 25%, PDF.
  16. Andre Hora, Nicolas Anquetil, Stéphane Ducasse, Muhammad Bhatti, Cesar Couto, Marco Túlio Valente and Julio Martins, BugMaps: A Tool for the Visual Exploration and Analysis of Bugs, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'12) - Tool Demonstration Track, 2012, PDF.
  17. Stéphane Ducasse, Nicolas Anquetil, Usman Bhatti, Andre Cavalcante Hora, Jannik Laval and Tudor Girba, MSE and FAMIX 3.0: an Interexchange Format and Source Code Model Family, 2011, PDF.
  18. Janice Singer, Timothy Lethbridge, Norman Vinson and Nicolas Anquetil, An Examination of Software Engineering Work Practices, CASCON First Decade High Impact Papers, 174–188, IBM Corp., 2010, PDF, DOI.
  19. Tito Marcelo Almeida Oliveira, Marcia Mazo Santos Miranda, Marcos Antonio Papa, Rejane Figueiredo, Rildo Santos, Nicolas Anquetil and Wander Silva, Perception on software maintenance: a case study with information technology managers, International Conference on Information Systems and Technology Management, 5, 2008.
  20. Kenia P. Batista Webster, Kathia M. Oliveira and Nicolas Anquetil, A Risk Taxonomy Proposal for Software Maintenance, Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 453–461, IEEE Computer Society, 2005, DOI.
  21. Nicolas Anquetil, Concepts + Relations = 'Abstract Constructs', WCRE'00: Proceedings of the Seventh Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE'00), IEEE Computer Society, 2000, PDF.
  22. Janice Singer, Timothy Lethbridge, Norman Vinson and Nicolas Anquetil, An examination of software engineering work practices, Proceedings of the 1997 conference of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Collaborative research, 21–, IBM Press, 1997, PDF.
  23. Timothy C. Lethbridge and Nicolas Anquetil, Architecture of a Source Code Exploration Tool: A Software Engineering Case Study, 1997.