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Training the Next Generation of Experts in Scalable Low-Code Engineering Platforms

Low-code development platforms allow non-programmers to build full applications by interacting through dynamic graphical user interfaces, visual diagrams and declarative languages.

Lowcomote is an international project aiming at training 15 PhD students, with the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow engineering of low-code development platforms.

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The Lowcomote Project

Low-code development platforms (LCPD) are software development platforms on the Cloud, provided through a Platform-as a-Service model, which allow users to build completely operational applications by interacting through dynamic graphical user interfaces, visual diagrams and declarative languages. They address the need of non-programmers to develop personalised software, and focus on their domain expertise instead of implementation requirements.

Lowcomote will train a generation of experts that will upgrade the current trend of LCPDs to a new paradigm, Lowcode Engineering Platforms (LCEPs). LCEPs will be open, allowing to integrate heterogeneous engineering tools, interoperable, allowing for cross-platform engineering, scalable, supporting very large engineering models and social networks of developers, smart, simplifying the development for citizen developers by machine learning and recommendation techniques. This will be achieved by injecting in LCDPs the theoretical and technical framework defined by recent research in Model Driven Engineering (MDE), augmented with Cloud Computing and Machine Learning techniques. This is possible today thanks to recent breakthroughs in scalability of MDE performed in the research project MONDO, led by Lowcomote partners.

The 48-month Lowcomote project will train the first European generation of skilled professionals in LCEPs. The 15 future scientists will benefit from an original training and research programme merging competencies and knowledge from 4 highly recognised academic institutions and 9 large and small industries of several domains. Co-supervision from both sectors is a promising process to facilitate agility of our future professionals between the academic and industrial world.

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