Training and Transfer of Knowledge (ToK)

Training programme

The training programmme will be based on the co-advising of Ph.D. students and post-doctoral visits from one partner to another. This will mean that each appointed researcher will work for certain periods of time under the advising of different senior researchers. In particular, the project will organise two workshops, in the second and fourth year, hosted by two different partners. These workshops will last one week and they will be used, in particular, to present the research developed by the teams belonging to the TAROT network. Thus, they constitute interesting training measures that may be undertaken on a network-wide basis.

In addition to workshops, the project plans to set up four summer schools. All of the summer schools will be opened both to members of the project and to invited participants. The project expects this activity to be effective since all the courses and presentations given by the different teams will take place in the same site. The following table gives the schedule and the subjects of the summer schools.

Year Activity Host institution
First Summer school on advanced testing GET/INT
Second Summer school on integrating testing methodologies UCM
Third Summer school for industry and academic UJF
Fourth Summer school on industrial application and use of tools UBRUN

In the following, the schedule of the training courses for early-stage researchers is given. These courses are planned to take two weeks in the host university. In parallel to the proposed courses, students will follow complementary courses given by the host. The training period will last three years, beginning the second semester and ending the seventh semester.

Year Activity Host institution
First Advanced testing techniques GET/INT
Second State-of-the-art related to each work package UCM
Third Current states/results of each work package FhG/FOKUS
Fourth Industrial application and use of platform and common tools UBRUN

The topic of these courses involve most of the partners of the network. Thus, experienced and/or senior researchers will move to the host university to impart these courses. TAROT will also promote a continual professional development to industry. This programme will follow the one proposed to early-stage researchers (as described in the previous table).

The project also plans topic modules opened to early-stage and experienced researchers belonging to our network but also to other groups. The following four topical modules will be considered :

Module Host institution
Testing of communicating systems GET/INT
Testing of finite state machines UBRUN
Testing of synchronous and safety systems UJF
Testing based on abstract data type LAMI-UEVE

These cross-collaborative activities will provide a good opportunity for both early-stage and experienced researchers to be trained in complementary skills such as communication enterprise and project management skills.

Another important point in training is the possibilty of exposing them to industrial environments (see the industrial partners). They are ready to receive researchers to be trained in seminars, but also in workshops in which they will be invited.

The transfer of competencies will be performed by the network through a common research programme and a common training programme, complemented by workshops and a summer-school. This transfer of knowledge will also be proposed for industry through a specific training programme. The programme also includes the creation of a web site where on-line courses will be provided. The use of common network software tools and platforms will be encouraged. The participation in the activities of the network will be advertised at the national level by each partner, and at the European and international levels by a public call for participation. This call will allow the participation in the programme of members coming both from the academic and industrial worlds. A recruiting programme will target young and early-stage researchers and a particular effort will be deployed to attract them. A specific programme will address the associated industrial partners, as well as other industrial related to the software engineering domain.

Career development plans

No gender discrimination will be performed while appointing young researchers. Measures to enable gender equal opportunities will be developed.

Furthermore, the TAROT programme will ensure the production of Career Development Plans by the early-stage and experienced researchers through its various activities. The network aims at optimising the career planning, research and teaching quality of post-doctoral researchers through mentoring programmes, short-term research fellowships with TAROT partners, coaching events, opportunities for taking early responsibilities in TAROT in the processes of conferences organisation, reviewing, etc.

Each ESR will have to choose a senior researcher as a mentor. This ladder should not be from the home/native country of the candidate in order to improve international networking.

In addition, information about ESR and ER within the network, their expertise, publications and contact details will be set up in order to make more visible and enable an easy contact with experts and create opportunities and/or prospects.

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