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Welcome to the Fourth Conference of Research Software Engineering, held at the University of Birmingham. For directions to and during the event, see the campus maps page.

In the Aston Webb Building near to the registration/reception desk, a cloakroom is available in room G30 along with a quiet room in G31.
Tuesday, September 17 • 14:30 - 14:55
#2A3 - Careers and Culture - "It works on my machine" - working as a research software engineer in a multi-partner international research project

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When the software produced by a research project is to be re-used in several subsequent projects, it ought to be high-quality and sustainable. Yet in an heterogeneous team of researchers from several international institutions, each of them with their own background and priorities, all of them under stringent result and reporting constraints, and none of them a formally identified research software engineer, those who volunteer their time to provide quality control and run support software infrastructure are instrumental in ensuring that the team doesn't lose sight of the exigence of quality and sustainability.

In this talk, we will share our experience of taking up RSE duties in a multi-partner international space robotics project. We will give concrete examples of the technical and cultural challenges we faced, sometimes unsuccessfully. We will also briefly introduce the software engineering tools and techniques that we found worth the effort in our large-scale collaborative project, and that indeed helped with the quality and sustainability of the software, including: GitLab's collaborative and continuous integration tools, Docker containerization, unit testing, modern CMake, cppcheck and Valgrind.

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Romain Michalec

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Strathclyde
I work on the software side of robotics and am especially interested in space and underwater applications, but my interests don't stop there. Currently involved in the nascent RSE community at my university.

Tuesday September 17, 2019 14:30 - 14:55
1. Bramall - Elgar Concert Hall Aston Webb Building