Suitability of a Problem Frames framework for Intelligent Building services requirements engineering

Hlousek, Milan (2006). Suitability of a Problem Frames framework for Intelligent Building services requirements engineering. Student dissertation for The Open University module M801 MSc in Software Development Research Dissertation.

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An Intelligent building (IB) is a building that responds to varying occupants' needs and changing environment whilst minimizing running cost and ecological impact. The demand for IB is growing. IBs are equipped with embedded autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. These are becoming more sophisticated, complex and flexible. The building investors, operators and occupants have different expectation of the functions of the building. These need to be captured and implemented into the building design. The industry current requirements engineering (RE) methods are not mature enough in order to capture IB requirements within the essential quality. This project employs a software engineering framework called Problem Frames (PF). The framework has been already demonstrated on a Lighting system which is one of the IB subsystems. It is used as a starting point to construct a pilot application of PF for IB systems RE. The work goes further and investigates whether it can be used by IB professionals to capture IB system requirements. First, general expectations of IB stakeholders are captured through a literature research and textual analysis. Many IB related articles and publications are studied in this part of the project in order to generate a fundamental list of IB must have features. Second, the identified features are used as an input data for the pilot application of PF for IB systems RE. Then the findings are summarized and presented to an IB specialist forum for an evaluation in form of a questionnaire. The aim of the survey is to find out what the IB professionals think about the proposed method. The responses were positive in all of the investigated areas which indicate that the PF for IB systems is worth of exploring in a full scale in the future.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 90176
  • Item Type
  • Student Dissertation
  • ISSN
  • 1744-1986
  • Extra Information
  • Published as Department of Computing Technical Report 2006/23
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  • Other Departments > Other Departments
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  • © 2006 Milan Hlousek
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