Dr. Claes Wohlin, Professor, Director

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Claes Wohlin is Professor of Software Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. Prior to joining BTH in 2000 he held professor chairs at Lund and Linköping Universities. He has held a visiting professor position at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg and a professorial visiting fellow appointment at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received a Ph.D. degree in Communication Systems from Lund University in 1991. His research interests include empirical methods in software engineering, software quality and systematic learning and improvement in software engineering. He has published more than 180 articles internationally. Since January 2008, Professor Wohlin is Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Information and Software Technology, which is published by Elsevier, and he has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal since 2001. He is on three other editorial boards. Claes Wohlin was the recipient of the prestigious Telenor Nordic Research Prize in 2004 for his achievements in software engineering and improvement of reliability for telecommunication systems. In 2011, Claes Wohlin was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).


Claudia Fricker, Administrative Support

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Claudia Fricker is research secretary for the BESQ+ project.








Dr. Jürgen Börstler, Professor

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Jürgen Börstler is a professor in software engineering at BTH, Sweden and a professor of computer science at Umeå University, Sweden (on leave).

He joined the Software Engineering Research Lab (SERL) at BTH in the fall of 2010 and specializes in requirements engineering, object-oriented modeling, software processes, in particular process improvement, software product lines, and computer science education.

Jürgen has a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science (specializing in software engineering) from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany and a Masters in computer science from Saarland University, Germany (specializing in compiler generation).

Jürgen is Information Co-Director of ACM's Transaction on Computing Education and a member of the editorial board of Informatica Didactica. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the Scandinavian Pedagogy of Programming Network (SPoP) and a senior member of the Swedish Requirements Engineering Network (SiREN).


Dr. Håkan Grahn, Professor

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Håkan Grahn is a Professor of Computer Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology. He received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 1995, both from Lund University. His main interests are computer architecture, multicore systems, parallel computing, and performance evaluation. He has published more than seventy papers on these subjects, and many of the studies have been done in collaboration with industry. Since January 2011, he is Dean for research at the Faculty of Engineering.


Dr. Lars Lundberg, Professor

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Lars Lundberg is since more than 10 years a full professor of computer systems engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden. Lars took has a master in computer science from Linköping university (Sweden), and a Ph.D. from Lund University (Sweden). Professor Lundberg has had a number of tasks at BTH, including being the dean of the technical faculty for six years, and heading a department with more than 100 people for five years. He is currently the research coordinator at the school of computing, and heading a research group called Communication and Computer Systems Research Laboratory (www.bth.se/com/ccs). His has published more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences.  His research interests include real-time systems, high-performance processing, software engineering and recently also cloud computing.


Dr. Tony Gorschek, Professor

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Dr. Tony Gorschek a Professor of Software Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). Dr. Gorschek has over ten years industrial experience as a senior executive consultant and engineer, but also as chief architect and product manager. Currently he manages his own industry consultancy company, works as a CTO, and serves on several boards in companies developing cutting edge technology and products. His research interests include requirements engineering, technology and product management, process assessment and improvement, quality assurance, and practical innovation. Dr. Gorschek bases his research on challenges identified in industry, then develops solutions in collaboration with industry practitioners, and ultimately validates and tests the solutions in a real industrial setting.


Dr. Mikael Svahnberg, Associate Professor

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Mikael Svahnberg is an associate professor in Software Engineering at the School of Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He received a M.Sc. in Software Engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Software Engineering in 2003, both from Blekinge Institute of Technology. His current research activities include software architectures, software evolution, software architecture evaluation, large scale requirements engineering, quality requirements and decision support methods.


Dr. Richard Torkar, Associate Professor

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Richard Torkar received his BSc in computer science from University West, Sweden, and later the PhD degree in software engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. He is currently an associate professor (docent) in software engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology. He performs empirical research in software engineering in general, and software testing in particular. His research focuses on applying search-based strategies to software engineering activities (especially concerning software testing).


Dr. David Erman, Assistant Professor

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David Erman received his Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Systems at Blekinge Instititute of Technology in march 2008, where he is currently employed as a senior lecturer. His academic background is in signal processing and computer science, before turning to computer networking, mainly focusing on P2P systems and overlay networks. His research interests include distributed systems, large-scale media distribution and streaming, P2P communication, overlay networking, network coding, virtualization, cloud computing and cognitive networking. David has participated in several national and international research projects.


Dr. Samuel A. Fricker, Assistant Professor

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Samuel A. Fricker is assistant professor in the Software Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL) at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). He has more than ten years experience as senior consultant, product manager, global process responsible, lecturer, senior researcher, and scientific advisor with companies at any scale, from startups to Fortune500.

Samuel Fricker is leading standardization activities in the software product management field. He was industry chair of the 19th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference RE´11. He is a member of the International Software Product Management Board ISPMB and a supporter of the IREB.


Dr. Andrew Moss, Assistant Professor

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Andrew Moss is a Lektor in the School of Computing, at the Blekinge Institute of Technology. His PhD was awarded by Bristol University in 2007 for a thesis in the area of Program Analysis of Embedded Systems. His research interests are in the areas of Languages and Architectures, where he has published work on Static Analysis, Program Synthesis and Compilers. Embedded systems have been the focus of this work, exploring applications in Wearable Computing and Cryptography.


Dr. Darja Smite, Assistant Professor

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Darja Smite is a Senior Researcher at Blekinge Institute of Technology and an Associate Professor in the University of Latvia. Her major interests are related to global software engineering, agile development, and software process improvement. She is currently leading a nationally funded research project on the short term and long term effects of offshoring decisions for Swedish software companies, working closely with two industrial partners - Ericsson and Emerson process management. Prior to her career as a researcher, she has been working as a software engineer, requirements analyst, project manager and consultant in several software houses in Latvia.


Dr. Wasif Afzal, Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Wasif Afzal is a post-doctorate researcher in Software Engineering at Blekinge Institue of Technology, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from the same university in 2011 and M.Sc. in 2007. His main research interests include software verification and validation, empirical software engineering and search-based software engineering. Prior to his Ph.D. degree, he worked in the software industry for two and a half years. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.


Dr. Stefanie Betz, Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Stefanie Betz received her Diploma in Information Engineering and Management from the Karlsruhe University, Germany. She is currently a scientific coworker at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. From 01/2012 she will be a research fellow in the Software Engineering Lab at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. She spent the autumn 2009 as an invited visiting researcher at the Enterprise Simulation Laboratory SimLab, Aalto University Finland. Her research interests are in global software engineering, process management, and risk management, and she has published over 18 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings. She is a member of ACM and German Informatics Society.


Dr. Mahvish Khurum, Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Mahvish Khurum is a Ph.D. student in Software Engineering at the School of Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She received her degree of Master of Science with a major in Software Engineering- specialized in Management in 2007. Her research area is Strategic software engineering which touches both software engineering and industrial technology and management. A strategic decision enables better planning and the best trade-o_ with respect to project cost, schedules, functional contents and quality objectives. These factors contribute to the creation of customer value and profit for the company but there are also associated risks that must be dealt with. To be able to efficiently deliver customer benefit and value for the end users of a product, system or service it is required that the development is organized as software solution lines, i.e. planned development of multiple solutions based on a common core asset. Achieving this objective requires knowledge about organizations, decision points, processes and technologies.

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