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  • NOVA LINCS partners with OutSystems on cutting-edge research and innovation projects
  • Feb 2020
  • What is the next generation of low-code software development? What is the most natural way for a citizen developer to create fit-to-purpose apps without having to write code? How can such a visionary development experience be implemented?

    Building up on the 10 years old partnership with OutSystems SA, also supported by the in house collaborative research lab the NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics at FCT NOVA is starting two new funded large scale projects lead by OutSystems on automated software development principles and tools.These high impact projects involve researchers from various NOVA LINCS research groups.

    GOLEM (Automated Programming to Revolutionize App Development) is the most ambitious collaboration effort OutSystems has pursued with academic communities. The main goals of the three-year program are to automate programming and revolutionize the app development experience. GOLEM is one of a few select large-scale collaborative research projects funded by Carnegie-Mellon Portugal partnership. OutSystems will be working with Carnegie Mellon, NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and INESC-ID.

    DEV4ALL (Development for All - Towards a Society of Software Developers) is a portfolio of initiatives aimed at making low-code development even easier. OutSystems will collaborate with the University of Minho, INESC TEC, and the NOVA LINCS lab hosted at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The collaboration will focus on unifying web and mobile development models, developing easy-to-use domain-specific languages, advancing collaborative development in low-code, creating intelligent apps without coding, enhancing AI-assisted development, and making low-code platforms easier to learn. DEV4All is funded by P2020 Program.

    “These two projects illustrate how OutSystems continues to look to the future and support initiatives that will disrupt the app development market,” said João Abril de Abreu, Innovation and University Relations Manager at OutSystems. “They reflect the work OutSystems has been doing building strong ties with strategically selected universities and research institutions to boost the company’s ability to do top-quality research.” According to João Seco, PI of the projects at NOVA LINCS, GOLEM and DEV4All "provide yet another exciting opportunity to leverage NOVA LINCS scientific research in programming languages and environments, bridging from low TRL activities towards short term impact and value creation". Luís Caires, Director of NOVA LINCS refers that "the long running collaboration with OutSystems is an reference example of bidirectional knowledge transfer between academia and industry, that has already delivered many technological and scientific breakthrougs , GOLEM and DEV4All will continue to raise the challenge, and achieve exciting new achievements". The NOVA LINCS team includes Luís Caires, Carla Ferreira, Bernardo Toninho and Irene Pimenta Rodrigues. The total funding of the two projects reaches the amount of 5.1M€.

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