“I wanted to develop a framework which could make complex decision-making simple and intuitive for use”

Dr. Nitin Upadhyay sheds light on his international award winning research on Systematic Decision-Making Framework

Dr. Nitin Upadhyay, faculty of Goa Institute of Management was awarded for ‘Best Research Paper’ at the International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM) in South Korea. His ground breaking research paper on Systematic Decision-Making Framework allows industries and academia to minimize risks, costs, and efforts of building and managing software. Dr. Upadhyay’s research was declared the best from among submissions from nearly 40 countries. Currently a part of the faculty of Goa Institute of Management, he has also worked with Samsung Advanced Research, Software Engineering R&D Lab, Samsung R & D Institute (India).

Dr. Nitin Upadhyay
Dr. Nitin Upadhyay

Tell us about your Research on ‘Systematic Decision-Making Framework.’

Software Architecture (SA) plays a critical role in realizing the quality of the software product. Researchers, decision makers, managers, practitioners and product owners have identified that SA of the software system help in understanding and managing large and complex software systems and in constraining the quality attributes.

To achieve business value and stakeholders’ requirements satisfaction, it is of utmost importance to evaluate SA considering multi-attribute quality analysis. Thus, there is dire need of a systematic SA evaluation framework that considers management and organizational factors and designs goals/parameters that drive the quality of the SA. Moreover, provide results quantitatively for the purpose of benchmarking and ranking of the software architectures.

 

What are some of the gaps that Systematic Decision-Making Framework could help bridge?

One of the most vital features of SA evaluation method is the number of quality attributes that a process can handle for the evaluation. Most of the methods available in the literature focus mainly on a single quality attribute analysis for SA assessment. There is a lack of work on the systematic evaluation of SA considering multiple quality attributes quantitatively. None of the methods mentioned in the available literature consider management and organizational factors and design goals/parameters that drive the quality of the SA evaluation purpose.

 

What are some of the benefits of this model?

The framework considers management and organizational factors and designs goals/parameters for software architecture evaluation enveloped with decision technique to restructure the complex domains composed of diverse internal and external factors in the SA evaluation process.

The framework also provides benefits to different stakeholders – architect, decision makers, modellers, analysts, designers, developers, quality analysts, domain experts, product manager, and consultants. The framework is flexible as it allows customization or tailoring and meeting various projects’ requirements. The feedback mechanism available allows stakeholders to review the current status. The system analyst, decision makers and designers can generate alternative design solutions and select the optimum one by using the framework along with morphological chart/tree.

 

How did the idea for such groundbreaking research come about?

In every walk of life, people take several decisions, good or not so good leading to various consequences. A key component in the digital age, software-defined systems and networks are transforming businesses and society. In my research work, I wanted to develop a framework which could facilitate complex decision-making simple and intuitive for use in the evaluation and selection of the software architecture at the very early stage of the software development life cycle.

 

How long did it take you to piece together this research?

It took me around six months to materialize the research work. I single handedly executed the complete project lifecycle of this research work. I have been working on multiple research projects and one of my research works matched with the focused themes of this international conference. Also, this is not my first research paper/work. I have written over 55 papers and have presented papers at various international forums. I have also authored eight books in the area of computer science apart from several patents/inventions filed at US/Korea/India.

 

Goa provides lot of opportunity to explore, identify and build competency in the computer science domain. IOT, Cloud, BIG Data and Smart City are different areas where contribution can be made which could have a greater impact on the society. I feel that people have potential and they all need to collaborate and discuss their findings in the research forum. We are just witnessing the growth of tech based startups and if they collaborate with research or academia then the competency will be enormous

 

What could this research mean for industries?

By utilizing this framework, industry and academia can minimize the risks, costs, and efforts for building and managing the software. The framework facilitates complex decision-making, yet simple and intuitive to use in the evaluation and selection of the software architecture at the very early stage of the software development life cycle.

 

Do you think there is enough scope for computer science in Goa?

Goa provides lot of opportunity to explore, identify and build competency in the computer science domain. IOT, Cloud, BIG Data and Smart City are different areas where contribution can be made which could have a greater impact on the society.

I feel that people have potential and they all need to collaborate and discuss their findings in the research forum. We are just witnessing the growth of tech based startups and if they collaborate with research or academia then the competency will be enormous.

We also need the government’s support to provide appropriate funds for short and long term projects. Goa is a good tourist destination and it has all the resources to offer to the Scholarly Tourism and I guess this will also boost the Research and Knowledge spectrum in the computer science related domain.

 

On which platform can the public access your research work?

My research work can be accessed through various professional web-sites such as Springer, IEEE, ACM and Elsevier. Apart from this, I am also writing few books which will be available for the public. I do speak at various research forums as keynote/invited speaker where I discuss my research findings and future prospects.

 

What are your future plans?

My future research endeavours focuses on decision making tools and techniques, software systems, digital infrastructure and platforms, BIG data and cloud platforms, frontiers in innovative products and innovation

 

As told to ALEXIA FERNANDES

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