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Enterprise Systems (ES)

Enterprise systems are the large-scale, distributed, highly complex, and business-critical software systems that extend across and between organisations. The Enterprise Systems group studies the unique technical and socio-technical challenges involved in the analysis, design, implementation, deployment and management of these types of systems.

Group Aims

The group undertakes research and teaching on fundamental aspects of developing and operating enterprise systems. Cross-cutting themes for the group include the scalability of development techniques, architectures, and systems; agile approaches to design and development; identifying and handling unexpected behaviors; and issues of security, confidentiality and privacy.

Much of the group's work is performed in collaboration with other research groups in the department, with other departments at the University - such as the The York Management School, and York Law School - and with a number of leading industry partners.

Research Areas

Specific research topics currently being studied by the group include:
  • Model-Driven Engineering
    • Members of the ES group lead the development of Epsilon, a well-established and widely-used open source MDE platform under the umbrella of the Eclipse Modelling Project.
  • Software Testing
  • Self-Adaptive Systems
  • Enterprise, System and Organisational Architectures
  • Agile Processes
  • Distributed Systems

Research Projects

Our research projects include:
  • MADES: Model Driven Development of Embedded Systems - supported by the European Comission FP7
  • COMPASS: Safety Management in Complex ATM System of Systems using ICT approaches - supported by Eurocontrol via SESAR JU
  • MODELPLEX: Modelling Solution for Complex Software Systems - supported by the European Commission FP6
  • INESS: Integrated European Signalling System - in collaboration with the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group, and supported by the European Commission FP7
  • Domain-Specific Modelling - in collaboration with the High Integrity Systems Engineering group, and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Model-Driven Systems Integration - supported by the Software Systems Engineering Initiative (SSEI)
  • SEBASE: Software Engineering by Automated Search - in collaboration with the Non-Standard Computation and Real-Time Systems groups, and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • LSCITS: Large Scale Complex IT Systems Research Programme - supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • OSSMETER: Open-Source Software Meter - supported by the the European Commission FP7
  • LSCITS Cloud: Cloud Computing for Large-Scale Complex IT Systems - supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Runtime Quantitative Verification of Self-Adaptive AI Systems - supported by the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (dstl)


Members of the group are involved in the following events:

Industrial Partners

  • IBM
  • Detica
  • Credit Suisse
  • BAE Systems
  • National Physics Laboratory
  • Thales R&T
  • TXT
  • Softeam
  • Google
  • ABB
  • Ericsson
  • Fujitsu
  • Siemens

Academic Collaborators

  • University of Aachen
  • University of L'Aquila
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • INRIA Lille
  • ETH Zurich
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • King's College London
  • University of Nantes, France
  • University of Oxford
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Teesside
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • CNRS-LAAS, Toulouse, France
  • The York Management School
  • York University, Canada
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • University College London
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Universidad de Zaragoza