PhD defense: Development of CMS-based Web-Applications

5 Mar

Last week my PhD Jurriaan Souer received his doctorate on his research on the Development of CMS-based Web-Applications which is in the field of Web Information Systems. In short his research involves the application of content management principles in Web Engineering processes. Web engineering is a well-established and broad area of research regarding topics concerning technologies, methodologies, tools, and techniques used to develop and maintain web-based applications. The distinguishing focus of this research is the emphasis on Content Management System as the main development platform. It demonstrates that a CMS provides a solid foundation for web engineering that copes with the most identified web engineering challenges. Moreover, it elaborates on Content Management System specific challenges, provides a new Web Engineering method, and shows how a model-driven approach and a product family engineering approach can be applied in the context of Content Management System-based Web Engineering. A link to the full thesis can be found here (but also available upon request from me).

Before Jurriaan’s defense we organized a symposium with different international speakers on Web Information Systems. The topics of the presentations included:

1. “The evolution of content on the Web” – Martijn van Berkum, CTO&  Founder GX Software, The Netherlands
2. “Development of Web-based Information Systems: the Design Perspective” – Prof.dr. Olga De Troyer, Free University Brussels, Belgium
3. “Model-driven Evolution of Web Applications” – Prof.dr. Gerti Kappel, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
4. “A Model-driven Web Engineering Method for developing Web 2.0 Applications” – Prof. Oscar Pastor López, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Abstracts of the presentations and bios of the speakers can be found on the symposium website.

I am looking back at a successful PhD project and I wish Jurriaan luck in his new function as Director of GX in the United States.

Picture: Complete committee after the defense of Jurriaan in the Academic Hall of Utrecht University (I am in the middle at the back).

Complete committee after defense


One Response to “PhD defense: Development of CMS-based Web-Applications”

  1. rubayet May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    what a nice articulation! it’s very helpful for web application which am i looking.

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