SiSsI: Software Engineering for Spreadsheet Interaction
Methods and technologies to enhance spreadsheets semantically.

From: August 2011
To: July 2013

Funding: DFG
Program: Normalverfahren
Grant ID: KO 2428/10-1

Prof. Dr. Michael Kohlhase
Prof. Dr. Andrea Kohlhase
M.Sc. Constantin Jucovschi

Dr. Dieter Hutter, DFKI Bremen


Spreadsheets have become very popular to analyze and visualize business and science data, so their complexity and impact increased dramatically over the years. As active documents they are situated somewhere between software systems and documents. Nevertheless, spreadsheets are still largely written by end users in an informal process, lacking typically any abstract operational model, any sufficient verification or testing of their behavior, and any appropriate user assistance for their readers. Thus, existing spreadsheets are subject to high error rates as well as high-impact misinterpretations. The proposed project therefore aims at the development of a semantic-based framework to provide

  1. abstract modeling, refinement, and knowledge management techniques for spreadsheets
  2. verification and consistent evolution of spreadsheets as well as their usage as interfaces to data bases,
  3. interpretation and views for spreadsheets as document-centered user assistance.

The central claim to be tested in the SISsI project is that we can employ synergies between software engineering and user assistance at two levels: they can share the knowledge model, and they can share a user interface whose primary functionality is to relate spreadsheet content with spreadsheet layout to enable innovative interactions.