I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. By studying the everyday challenges of software practitioners, I strive to develop an evidence-based understanding of the process of software development through fundamental research and to reflect this understanding to practice through novel solutions by means of applied research and technology transfer.

I aim to analyse and improve the reliability and quality of software systems, the productivity of development teams and the effectiveness of development/ management practices. I target developing novel concepts, methods, tools and approaches to assist software professionals in critical decision making, resource allocation and process improvement, while facilitating and supporting the adoption of promising software development and management practices.

My research interests are Empirical Software Engineering, Software Analytics, Software Quality Assurance and Testing, Human Factors in Software Engineering, and evaluating the effectiveness of different software development methodologies, practices, tools, and environments.

To date, I have acquired approximately €2.3M external funding for my research projects that are funded by national research councils (the Academy of Finland, Tekes). I have close collaborations with relevant industries in conducting my research. I have published 100+ articles in international journals and conferences, was awarded with best paper awards, authored a number of top cited papers in Empirical Software Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering journals, been invited for and organized panels and talks, and offered academic & industrial courses at all levels on my research topics.

I served in various positions for the community as: steering committee member (ESEM, PROMISE, RAISE), general chair (PROMISE, RAISE), PC Chair (ESEM'17, PROFES'17, PROMISE'13) and technical program committee member for 30+ academic conferences; regular reviewer for 10+ scientific journals; external reviewer and expert for national research councils. I am an editorial board member for the Empirical Software Engineering Journal and e-Informatica Software Engineering Journal, a Senior Associate Editor for Journal of Systems and Software, and a review board member for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. I co-authored a book titled “Sharing Data and Models in Software Engineering”. I am a member of ACM, ACM SIGSOFT, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.

Academic Positions

  • 2018-PresentAssociate Professor

    Faculty of Information Technology
    Monash University, Australia

  • 2017-2018Senior Lecturer

    Dept. of Computer Science
    Brunel University London, UK

  • 2014-2018Full Professor

    Faculty of Info. Tech. and Electrical Eng.
    University of Oulu, Finland

  • 2009-2014Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Dept. of Information Processing Science
    University of Oulu, Finland

  • 2009-2009Research Associate

    Institute for Information Technology
    National Research Council, Canada

  • 2002-2008Research and Teaching Assistant

    Department of Computer Engineering
    Bogazici University, Turkey