Post-trade services provider Clearstream, part of Deutsche Börse Group, has entered a collaborative research partnership with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg. Over the next four years, a joint research project will explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in process automation in order to simplify and standardize requirements analysis. The project aims to eventually render processes more cost- and time-efficient.
Requirements state the necessary capabilities and characteristics of a system in order for it to have value for its users. This strategic initiative, run in collaboration with escent, a consulting firm specialized in business analysis and requirements engineering, looks to automate the laborious analysis tasks present in Clearstream’s IT system requirements engineering practices. This will range from reconciling requirement models with accompanying natural-language content, to deriving system acceptance criteria from requirements.
Prof. Lionel Briand, Vice Director of SnT, emphasized the importance of precise and consistent requirements: “Nearly 50% of budget overruns in IT projects are caused by inadequate requirements which ripple through system design and deployment. Together with our partners, we will work at the cutting edge of new technology to introduce automation to the requirements engineering process – reducing incompleteness, inconsistency, and ambiguity to a minimum – and facilitating the analysis of system compliance.”
Philippe Seyll, Co-CEO of Clearstream Banking S.A., said: “At Clearstream, we are taking a collaborative approach when engaging with new technology trends. As a Luxembourg-based company, for us, this research partnership with the University of Luxembourg’s SnT is the ideal way to combine business knowhow and scientific research capabilities to investigate how new technologies, such as AI and NLP, can help move our industry forward. We look forward to working with our partners on this new project.”
Benoit Cardinael, escent Co-Founder, added: “escent constantly monitors emerging trends in the field of requirements engineering. Defining efficiently high quality requirements is key to the success of complex IT projects. This research partnership provides us with the unique opportunity to leverage our field expertise of current requirements engineering practices to steer research towards the highest adding value areas. We are thrilled to be associated to this initiative!”