José Luis Fernández-Alemán

José Luis Fernández-Alemán
University of Murcia | UM · Department of Computer Sciences and Systems

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October 1995 - present
University of Murcia

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Publications (170)
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Heuristic evaluation provides usability auditors with a structured flow of activities that enables them to obtain reliable, comparable and cost-effective usability evaluation results. Tools supporting heuristic evaluation are scarce in literature. Usevalia is an Internet-based tool that manages usability audits on the basis of heuristic evaluation....
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Teleworking is an everyday reality in today’s world. Many companies are opting for this way of working remotely, as it improves employers’ satisfaction along with the work–life balance and it does not lead to any significant reduction in performance. In general, the comfortable use of software applications is a priority, and quality aspects such as...
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Background and objective. Women's circumstances and preferences tend to change over times signifying that accessing and choosing a contraceptive method during their reproductive life is crucial. By preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion, effective contraception ensures women's well-being and autonomy, improves their so...
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This paper presents the results of an educational experiment conducted to determine whether an automated, card-based gamification strategy has an impact on the learning of Jakob Nielsen's 10 heuristic usability rules. The participants in the experiment were 55 students enrolled on a human-computer interaction course. According to the results of the...
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As more companies adopt DevOps practices, being properly qualified is becoming something to think about. As practitioners, how do we achieve trust in our qualifications? We review the main DevOps certifications available on the market and provide tips and recommendations for choosing the best-fitting one.
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Connected health applications encompass m-health, e-health and digital health applications. More and more healthcare professionals and patients are adopting connected health solutions. It is expected that the advances in the Information and Communication Technologies in healthcare services will keep increasing in the future. Given the deterioration...
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This paper presents three experiments to assess the impact of gamifying an audience response system on the perceptions and educational performance of students. An audience response system called SIDRA (Immediate Audience Response System in Spanish) and two audience response systems with gamification features, R-G-SIDRA (gamified SIDRA with ranking)...
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Background and Objective : This paper presents an empirical study of a gamified mobile-based assessment approach that can be used to engage students and improve their educational performance. Method : A gamified audience response system called G-SIDRA was employed. Three gamification elements were used to motivate students in classroom activities:...
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Introduction Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring and analysis are techniques that are, each year, applied to millions of patients with pathologies with million of patients annually. The detection of the so called A and B-waves, and the analysis of subtle changes in C-waves, which are present in ICP waveform, may indicate decreased intracranial c...
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Usability plays an important role in eHealth applications for their widespread adoption. These software systems have been studied in depth in the literature from this perspective. However, the energy consumption of information systems in the eHealth domain lacks comprehensive research. In this paper, the relationship between the energy consumption...
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"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Alice from Alice in Wonderland was told this obvious piece of wisdom when she asked for directions. We all know this wisdom from navigating through the fog of insufficient requirements when working on projects. Clear goals can be achieved; unclear goals are sure to be missed. Req...
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Usability is key to achieve quality in software products. The client applications with a high score in usability might impact on the power consumption when they are run in a PC. For this reason, energy savings turn to be critical in green software systems. In this paper the relationship between the usability evaluations of the GUIs and the power co...
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Contraception Mobile Personal Health Records (mPHRs) are efficient mobile health applications (apps) to increase awareness about fertility and contraception and to allow women to access, track, manage, and share their health data with healthcare providers. This paper aims to develop a requirements catalog, according to standards, guidelines, and re...
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Missing data (MD) is a common and inevitable problem facing data mining (DM)–based decision systems in e-health since many medical historical datasets contain a huge number of missing values. Therefore, a pre-processing stage is usually required to deal with missing values before building any DM–based decision system. The purpose of this paper is t...
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A personal health record is an eHealth technology in which users can observe their progress over time for a given condition. A research gap was identified in the literature concerning the study of the amount of energy that these systems need for their operation, and the energy efficiency that may be attained depending on their design. After the sel...
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Context Early detection of heart disease is an important challenge since 17.3 million people yearly lose their lives due to heart diseases. Besides, any error in diagnosis of cardiac disease can be dangerous and risks an individual's life. Accurate diagnosis is therefore critical in cardiology. Data Mining (DM) classification techniques have been u...
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Achieving a high level of classification accuracy in medical datasets is a capital need for researchers to provide effective decision systems to assist doctors in work. In many domains of artificial intelligence, ensemble classification methods are able to improve the performance of single classifiers. This paper reports the state of the art of ens...
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Green and Sustainable Software has emerged as a new and highly active area in the software community. After several years of research and work, we believe that it is now necessary to obtain a general snapshot of how the research in this area is evolving. To do so, we have applied the 5Ws (why, when, who, where, and what), a formula for getting the...
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Usability is a critical aspect in the adoption of e-health applications. However, its impact on energy consumption has not been thoroughly studied in e-health domain. The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between energy efficiency and usability in the context of personal health records (PHRs). A total of 5 web-based PHRs out of 1...
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The area of remote sensing techniques in agriculture has reached a significant degree of development and maturity, with numerous journals, conferences, and organizations specialized in it. Moreover, many review papers are available in the literature. The present work describes a literature review that adopts the form of a systematic mapping study,...
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Computer security is a matter of great interest. In the last decade there have been numerous cases of cybercrime based on the exploitation of software vulnerabilities. This fact has generated a great social concern and a greater importance of computer security as a discipline. In this work, the most important vulnerabilities of recent years are ide...
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Background: Relying solely on altruistic appeals may fail to fulfil the increasing demand for blood supplies. Current research has largely been attempted to determine and understand motives that serve as blood donation drivers. The Trans-Theoretical Model of behaviour change (TTM) can be used to conceptualise the process of intentional blood donat...
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Background: Providing a continuum of care from antenatal, childbirth and postnatal period results in reduced maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Timely, high quality postnatal care is crucial for maximizing maternal and newborn health. In this vein, the use of postnatal mobile applications constitutes a promising strategy. Methods: A...
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This paper presents an empirical evaluation of the COSMIC Function Points method (e.g., ISO 19761) through measuring the functional size of 33 prenatal mobile Personal Health Records (mPHRs) apps. This evaluation compares the functional size of each mobile app measured using the COSMIC method to the score of the app obtained in a previous evaluatio...
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This paper explores the use of ensemble classification methods in the context of the diabetes disease. An analysis was carried out that formulates and answers seven research questions: publication trends, channels and venues; medical tasks undertaken; ensemble types proposed; single techniques used to construct the ensemble methods; rules used to d...
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This paper presents an overview of the use of ensemble classification methods in the lung cancer disease. An analysis is carried out according to seven aspects: publication trends, channels and venues; medical tasks tackled; ensemble types proposed; single techniques used to construct the ensemble methods; rules used to draw the output of the ensem...
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Disability is an important area in biomedical engineering. But research on disability should not only focus on the healthcare aspects, but also on the integration of people with disabilities in the cultural and social contexts, such as the existence of architectural elements that prevent the use of common public services. The present research aims...
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Mobile Personal Health Records (mPHRs) for prenatal care are mobile health applications that allow pregnant women manage, access and share their health data with healthcare providers. In this paper, a requirements catalog was developed, according to standards, guidelines and relevant literature. The catalog covers requirements about Sustainability,...
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The global increase in the proportion of the population with disabilities has caused a greater awareness toward guaranteeing their use of public services. In particular, there is emphasis on the accessibility and inclusivity of tourism resources, to improve the enjoyment and well-being for people with motor disabilities. This paper presents a case...
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Context: Ensemble methods consist of combining more than one single technique to solve the same task. This approach was designed to overcome the weaknesses of single techniques and consolidate their strengths. Ensemble methods are now widely used to carry out prediction tasks (e.g. classification and regression) in several fields, including that o...
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The worldwide demand for blood and its components is critically growing owing to the rise in target diseases, accidents and surgeries. As blood supplies are considerably outstripped by the immediate and crucial need of blood transfusions, the recruitment and retention of voluntary qualified donors pose an acute challenge for blood centers. In this...
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Breast cancer is one of the major causes of death among women. Different decision support systems were proposed to assist oncologists in order to accurately diagnose their patients. These decision support systems mainly used Machine Learning (ML) techniques to classify the diagnosis into malign or benign tumor. In this paper, we evaluate and analyz...
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An empirical evaluation of the Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC) method has been conducted in this study, by measuring the functional size of 17 mobile Personal Health Records (mPHRs) for pregnancy monitoring. The aim of this evaluation is to compare the functional size of each app measured using the COSMIC method to the...
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Missing Data (MD) is a common drawback when applying Data Mining on breast cancer datasets since it affects the ability of the Data mining classifier. This study evaluates the influence of MD on three classifiers: Decision tree C4.5, Support vector machine (SVM), and Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP). For this purpose, 162 experiments were conducted usi...
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People with motor disabilities must face many barriers and obstacles in their daily lives, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. The purpose of this work is to improve their living conditions by providing an app with accessibility information in an updated, reliable and friendly form. The development of the system integrates national and r...
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Green information technologies (GITs) constitute a field of research, whose objective is to reduce the environmental pollution caused by masses of people using and producing technology. This paper describes the search for literature related to GIT and technology sustainability in Scopus database. No restriction was imposed on the time period when c...
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implementation as cloud service for Software Engineering programs. In this paper, a conceptual Cloud Service based model and a process for the automatic evaluation of competences applied to the field of Software Engineering is proposed. The proposal is based on multiple choice tests as evaluation instrument and the establishment of the relationship...
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The increasing amount of data produced by various biomedical and healthcare systems has led to a need for methodologies related to knowledge data discovery. Data mining (DM) offers a set of powerful techniques that allow the identification and extraction of relevant information from medical datasets, thus enabling doctors and patients to greatly be...
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The growing concern over the state of degradation of the environment has led to a consideration of aspects relating to sustainability in software. Bearing this in mind, we have carried out a survey of practitioners, aiming to gather information about their awareness of sustainable software, not only during the development process, but also througho...
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Personal Health Records (PHR) are electronic tools managed by the patients themselves, allowing them to store and consult health data anywhere and at any time using an electronic device. Precisely because of the type of users they are aimed at, it is essential to guarantee that PHR are easy to use. However, having a PHR that is usable does not mean...
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. Requirements engineering (RE) is a critical process in software development which faces important risks when performed in a global software development (GSD) setting. Some of these risks are specific to GSD, while others also appear in co-localized environments, but are aggravated in GSD. A systematic literature review (SLR) has been conducted to...
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Unfortunately, sustainability is an issue very poorly used when developing software and hardware systems. Lately, and in order to contribute to the earth sustainability, a new concept emerged named Green software which is computer software that can be developed and used efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact to the environment. Curre...
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A mobile personal health record (mPHR) for pregnancy monitoring allows the pregnant woman to track and manage her personal health data. However, owing to the privacy and security issues that may threaten the exchange of this sensitive data, a privacy policy should be established. The aim of this study is to evaluate the privacy policies of 19 mPHRs...
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Background and objective: Datamining (DM) has, over the last decade, received increased attention in the medical domain and has been widely used to analyze medical datasets in order to extract useful knowledge and previously unknown patterns. However, historical medical data can often comprise inconsistent, noisy, imbalanced, missing and high dime...
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Global Software Development (GSD) is a well established field of software engineering with the benefits of a global environment. Software Project Management (SPM) plays a key role in the success of GSD. As a result, the need has arisen to study and evaluate the downsides of SPM for GSD, to thereby pave the way for the development of new methods, te...
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In Smart Cities, there is a need to reduce overcrowding in hospitals and healthcare institutions, improve the lifestyle of people with chronic disease; promote patient self-management, and independence of patients. All of these can be promoted through connected health services. Current connected health technologies are transforming health care and...
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Clinical databases often comprise noisy, inconsistent, missing, imbalanced and high dimensional data. These challenges may reduce the performance of DM techniques. Data preprocessing is, therefore, essential step in order to use DM algorithms on these medical datasets as regards making it appropriate and suitable for mining. The objective is to car...
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One of the key factors for the adoption of mobile technologies, and in particular of mobile health applications, is usability. A usable application will be easier to use and understand by users, and will improve user’s interaction with it. This paper proposes a software requirements catalog for usable mobile health applications, which can be used f...
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The paper focuses on and examines the issues and problems related to remote evaluation of software engineering competences using progressive competence representation model. Authors suggested original approach for Master Program in Software Engineering competence evaluation as a combination academic competences and professional competences from Eur...
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Connected health applications are efficient tools to improve health care services. The aim of this paper is to define a reusable requirements repository (catalog) for sustainable connected health applications based on the main related software engineering standards, e-health technology standards, and literature. The catalog contains requirements wh...
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Global software development is nowadays becoming a priority for software industry. The actual global software engineering research has mainly focused on challenges and methodologies. Research on the cost attributes and the software development was fundamental to emphasize on the application of these attributes in the overall software development. A...
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Nowadays, competence based assessment is a term widely used in higher educational institutions. Many educational centres focus their efforts on the concretion of competences for the evaluation. For this purpose, in the European Union (EU) was defined the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), which provides a reference of 40 competences applied t...
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Data mining provides the methodology and technology to transform huge amount of data into useful information for decision making. It is a powerful process to extract knowledge and discover new patterns embedded in large data sets. Data mining has been increasingly used in medicine, particularly in cardiology. In fact, data mining applications can g...
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A reusable requirements repository (catalog) for sustainable connected health applications based on the main related software engineering standards, e-health technology standards and literature.
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GlobalSoftware Engineering implies a paradigm shift towards globally-distributed development that can be advantageous, but at the cost of having to address the specific challenges that arise when the stakeholders are not colocated. Reusing assets during the initial processes of the software development life cycle could be beneficial, but automated...
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Gamification is a relatively new trend that focuses on applying game mechanics to non-game contexts in order to engage audiences and to inject a little fun into mundane activities besides generating motivational and cognitive benefits. While many fields such as Business, Marketing and e-Learning have taken advantage of the potential of gamification...
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Distributed software development promises many benefits to software project management , such as reduction in cost and time . The development of distributed software is often large scale; it tends to be complex and have an increased risk of failure. An understanding of common distributed software project risks and their impact on cost and time esti...
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Analyzing health records of patients suffering from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease can help understanding their conditions and therefore improving healthcare services offered to them. To improve the cardiology healthcare quality and efficiency in the Autonomic Nervous System centre in Avicenne Hospital in Rabat in Morocco, a mobile...
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Unpaid blood donation is a selfless act of citizenship and the usage of gamification elements in blood donation apps can enhance the donors’ experience, especially among youth. This paper analyses the functionalities and explores gamification elements of the existing blood donation apps in the mobile market. A search in Google Play, Apple Apps stor...
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Background and Objective: In the 21st century, e-health is proving to be one of the strongest drivers for the global transformation of the health care industry. Health information is currently truly ubiquitous and widespread, but in order to guarantee that everyone can appropriately access and understand this information, regardless of their origin...
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Context Data mining (DM) provides the methodology and technology needed to transform huge amounts of data into useful information for decision making. It is a powerful process employed to extract knowledge and discover new patterns embedded in large data sets. Data mining has been increasingly used in medicine, particularly in cardiology. In fact,...
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This article presents a detailed analysis of 21 popular Professional Social Networks (PSNs) which are a means to allow workers to manage their professional profiles online. The functionality and principal characteristics of the PSNs are analyzed, including recruitment, security, privacy and communication issues, which are studied and exemplified us...
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Global software development (GSD) which is a growing trend in the software industry is characterized by a highly distributed environment. Performing software project management (SPM) in such conditions implies the need to overcome new limitations resulting from cultural, temporal and geographic separation. The aim of this research is to discover an...
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Background: Software development processes are often performed by distributed teams which may be separated by great distances. Global software development (GSD) has undergone a significant growth in recent years. The challenges concerning GSD are especially relevant to requirements engineering (RE). Stakeholders need to share a common ground, but...
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of deaths in the world. By analyzing data from health records this chronic disease can be better understood. This paper presents the software requirements specification (SRS) of an e-health solution to improve the cardiology healthcare quality and efficiency in Morocco. Based on this SRS, a mobile persona...
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Background: Mutations affecting splicing are getting more relevance in the development of multiple human genetic diseases. In antithrombin (AT) deficiency only 17 mutations affecting intron splicing signals (IVS) have been described (5.8% of mutations identified in SERPINC1), all resulting in type I deficiency without variant AT in plasma. Aims: To...
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In order to improve the management of the patients' health data and promote the exchange between the patients and healthcare providers, mobile personal health records (mPHRs), as mobile applications, are used to access, store and manage these data. In this paper, a design of the software quality evaluation of free mPHRs for pregnancy monitoring is...
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Automatic calcification detection in abdominal aorta consists of a set of computer vision techniques to quantify the amount of calcium that is found around this artery. Knowing that information, it is possible to perform statistical studies that relate vascular diseases with the presence of calcium in these structures. To facilitate the detection i...