Professor Natalia Juristo visited one of the SWELL universities (BTH) and talked about how Software Engineering research becomes more scientific and focus on collecting empirical evidence. This is important especially in testing where there are a number of myths about what works and not. You can find her lecture here:

SWELL is an important part of this trend. By making collaboration between industry and academia scientific progress can be driven by real, industrial data. This way the companies also get better evidence for which changes to make.

SWELL is a National Innovation Driver for Software V&V funded by Vinnova and a number of Swedish universities and companies.