Euromicro DSD/SEAA 2021

September 1 – 3, 2021
Virtual Event
Organized from Palermo | Italy

Keynotes SEAA

Genoveffa Tortora

Prof. Genoveffa Tortora - University of Salerno (Italy)
Are developers and software engineers simple gear of the wheel?



The empirical software engineering community has made great progress in the last years and expanded the research considerably in scope, volume, and quality. Nowadays, we have established conferences and journals focused on empirical software engineering, so showing a great interest of the software engineering research community in this field. However, the great part of the published research does not adequately cope with issues related to the role of developers and software engineers in the development or use of computer software and hardware systems. That is, the peopleware phenomena—a term used to refer to one of the three core aspects of computer technology, while the other two being hardware and software—needs more attention from the software engineering community and information and communication technology, in particular. In this talk, I will present a landscape of research and practice at the intersection of software engineering, psychology, and sensors to understand the role of people in the development of computer software systems, including such issues as developer productivity, teamwork, group dynamics, the psychology of development, and personality traits.


Genoveffa Tortora has been Research Associate from 1980 to 1989, then Associate Professor from 1989 to 1990; she is Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Salerno since 1990. She is director of the "Context Aware Intelligent Systems" Laboratory, and of the Interactive Information Systems Laboratory. Her research interests include Databases and Big Data, Data Mining, Software Engineering, Visual Languages ​​and Human Machine Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing. She is the author or co-author of over 300 papers published in international journals and international conference proceedings. Member of the editorial board of high quality international scientific journals. She has been General Chair, Program Chair and Program Committee Member of numerous international conferences. Since 1991 she has carried out an intense academic activity; from 2000 to 2008 she has been Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical, Informatics and Natural Sciences at the University of Salerno. In the three-year period 2015-18, she has been one of the seven experts of the Italian Ministry of University and Research as members of the National Research Guarantors Committee (CNGR).

Marco D’Ambros

Dott. Marco D’Ambros - CodeLounge (Switzerland)
Research + Industry = R&D | Reflections from a research-industry roundtrip


Our approach allows project managers to <perform task X> better". This sentence appears in several papers that I wrote during my research time between 2005 and 2012, and summarizes the research approach that I had at that time. Since then, my journey had me move to the industry first and finally landing in academia in a hybrid R&D role. In this talk, I will share what I learned from both worlds and why I believe bringing them closer should be a priority.


Marco D’Ambros is the director of CodeLounge, the center for software research and development of the Software Institute (Università della Svizzera italiana) that combines expertise from academia and from industry. After obtaining a PhD in the area of mining software repositories in 2010, Dr. D’Ambros worked at Palantir Technologies until 2018, a leading Silicon Valley data mining firm, helping government organizations and large enterprises making sense of their large and dispersed data, and leading the technical execution of projects around the globe. In 2020, he was awarded the MSR 2010 MIP (Most Influential Paper) award, for his work on bug prediction.