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Graduated in Computer Sciences in 2005, Fabian worked two years for a Big-5 IT consulting company. Part of a large development team in charge of the maintenance and evolution of a legacy IBM iSeries software, he was working on the payment department of a major banking company. As a first stage, he developed new functionalities for bank back-office employees as well as interfaces with external applications (mainly clearing houses). Later, he was part of a major retro-engineering and documentation project of a large piece of software used and maintained since the 70's.

In 2007, he came back at the University of Namur as a teaching assistant in the PReCISE Research Group. As a Ph.D student, he first worked on defining an architectural framework mixing architecture and requirement modelling. The method intertwines requirement engineering, component-based design, physical infrastructure abstractions and iterative design through model transformations.

As a teaching assistant, he was in charge of the programming practical exercises (on computer), exercises on architecture modelling method and software engineering laboratory. He publicly defended his Ph.D Thesis in March 2015, at Namur, with title "Transformation-Wise Software Architecture Framework". The aim of this thesis was the definition of a methodological framework to strongly bind requirements, architecture models and design rationale around formal model transformations.

Now, he's working on the WebDeb project, aiming at developing a social platform to record and visualize rhetorical and monological arguments. This interdisciplinary project gathers researchers from the PReCISE Research Center, the Girsef (UCL) and the CENTAL (UCL) research groups.

Areas of expertise

Model Driven Engineering - Transformation Approaches - Architecture Description Languages - Distributed Systems - Requirement modelling - Design Decisions Traceability


PhD in Computer Sciences
Master in Computer Sciences

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Projects 2003 2018

Research Output 2008 2017

  • 15 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 10 Conference contribution
  • 3 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Software
  • 1 Other contribution

L’Olympiade belge d’Informatique

Translated title of the contribution: Belgian Olympiad in InformaticsGilson, F., Jun 2017, L'informatique et le numérique dans la classe: Qui, quoi, comment?. Henry, J., Nguyen, A. & Vandeput, É. (eds.). Presses universitaires de Namur

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Public Debates on the Web

Gilson, F., Bittar, A. & Schobbens, P., Jun 2017, Web Engineering - 17th International Conference, ICWE 2017, Proceedings. Cabot, J., De Virgilio, R. & Torlone, R. (eds.). Rome: Springer, Vol. 10360. p. 520-532 13 p. 37. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10360 LNCS).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Social Media
Communication Channels

Towards User-centric DSLs to Manage IoT Systems

Amrani, M., Gilson, F., Debieche, A. & Englebert, V., Feb 2017, MODELSWARD 2017 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development. Pires, L. F., Selic, B. & Hammoudi, S. (eds.). Porto (Portugal), Vol. 2017-January. p. 569-576 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Application programming interfaces (API)

Flexible component composition through communication abstraction

Gilson, F. & Englebert, V., 2016, MODELSWARD 2016 - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development. SciTePress, p. 442-449 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chemical analysis
Network protocols

Challenging a Transformation-Wise Architecture Framework in a Comparative Case Study

Gilson, F. & Englebert, V., 2015, Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development: MODELSWARD 2015 (Revised Selected Papers). Desfray, P., Filipe, J., Hammoudi, S. & Ferreira Pires, L. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 580. p. 213-229 (Communications in Computer and Information Science).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Software architecture
Life cycle


Electronic surveillance using Aibo for rescue teams

Author: Gilson, F. & Struyven, M., 2005

Supervisor: Schobbens, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Computer science


Transformation-Wise Software Architecture Framework (A Transformational Approach to Design Component Based Systems)

Author: Gilson, F., 2 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Englebert, V. (Supervisor), Habra, N. (President), Heymans, P. (Jury), Duchien, L. (External person) (Jury) & Beugnard, A. (External person) (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences