Department of Software Engineering, DIPT

Department of Software Engineering

The Department of Software Engineering belongs to the Faculty of Computing and consists of almost 50 people from 19 countries.

Head of Department: Michael Mattsson
Department coordinator: Svetlana Živanović​

Our tradition in software engineering originated from 1990 when we launched Sweden’s first education programme in software engineering. The department’s research and education environment, SERL Sweden ‒ Software Engineering Research and Education Lab Sweden, has since then developed into one of the world’s leading research institutions in software engineering. The department is responsible for study programmes in software engineering on all levels, from Bachelor over Master to PhD.

Research and education at the Department of Software Engineering are fully aligned with BTH’s overarching profile (applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth), and are conducted in close collaboration with partners from both the private and the public sector.

Our strength is the focus on empirical research to strengthen the industry’s competitiveness in the development of software-intensive systems, services and products. Our close collaboration with local, national and international companies promotes new innovations and future technical solutions. BTHs research in software engineering is internationally top-ranked, and many of the department’s researchers are internationally top-ranked within the research area.



A complete list of employees can be found here.


Software engineering covers techniques, methods and processes for the development of complex software systems and the application of systematic, disciplined and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation and maintenance of software-intensive systems, services and products. Software engineering focuses on the engineering of software development with a particular emphasis on industrial challenges.

The research in software engineering at BTH is conducted by SERL Sweden, which is one of the leading research groups in empirical and evidence-based software engineering in the world. We are closely collaborating with industry to solve actual industrial challenges and strengthen our partners’ competitiveness in the development of software-intensive systems, services and products. We cover a broad set of competencies spanning from technical solutions to business issues. In our research, we integrate top-ranked academic research with strong industrial relevance.

Our research areas include:

Agile/Lean Development
CS/SE Education
Empirical and evidence-based software engineering
Global software engineering
Human-centered software engineering
Requirements engineering
Research methods
Search-based software engineering
Software architecture, -modeling and product lines
Software businesses, ecosystems and innovation
Software quality
Software process improvement
Software product management
Value-based product development
Verification and validation

More information about our research and ongoing research projects


Full list of PhD Alumni in Software Engineering


The department is responsible for the following study programmes:

PhD Alumni

Mohsin Irshad – 2021
Realizing the systematic reuse of automated acceptance tests in practice

Johan Silvander – 2021
Towards Intent-Driven Systems Based on Context Frames

Farnaz Fotrousi – 2020
Combining User Feedback and Monitoring Data to Support Evidence-based Software Evolution

Thomas Olsson – 2020
Understanding and Supporting Quality Requirements Engineering in Software-intensive Product Development

Eriks Klotins – 2019
Software Engineering in Start-up Companies

Jefferson Seide Molléri – 2019
Views of Research Quality in Empirical Software Engineering

Muhammad Usman – 2018
Improving Expert Estimation of Software Development Effort in Agile Contexts

Indira Nurdiani – 2018
Introduction of Agile Practices: Strategies and Impacts

Bogdan Marculescu – 2017
Interactive Search-Based Software Testing: Development, Evaluation, and Deployment

Ricardo Britto – 2017
Strategizing and Evaluating the Onboarding of Software Developers in Large-Scale Globally Distributed Legacy Projects

Ahmad Nauman Ghazi – 2017
Structuring Exploratory Testing through Test Charter Design and Decision Support

Deepika Badampudi – 2017
Decision-making support for choosing among different component origins

Michael Unterkalmsteiner – 2015
Coordinating requirements engineering and software testing

Nauman bin Ali – 2015
Operationalization of lean thinking through value stream mapping with simulation and FLOW

Ronald Jabangwe – 2015
Software Quality Evaluation for Evolving Systems in Distributed Development Environments

Mahvish Khurum – 2011
Decision Support for Product Management of Software Intensive Products

Sebastian Barney – 2011
Software Quality Alignment: Evaluation and Understanding

Wasif Afzal – 2011
Search-Based Prediction of Software Quality: Evaluations and Comparisons

Kai Petersen – 2010
Implementing Lean and Agile Software Development in Industry

Jeanette Eriksson – 2008
Supporting the Cooperative Design Process of End-User Tailoring

Lars-Ola Damm – 2007
Early and Cost-Effective Software Fault Detection: Measurement and Implementation in an Industrial Setting

Patrik Berander – 2007
Evolving Prioritization for Software Product Management

Per Jönsson – 2007
Exploring Process Aspects of Change Impact Analysis

Tony Gorschek – 2006
Requirements Engineering Supporting Technical Product Management

Richard Torkar – 2006
Towards Automated Software Testing: Techniques, Classifications and Frameworks

Miroslaw Staron – 2005
Improving Modeling with UML by Stereotype-based Language Customization

Kari Rönkkö – 2005
Making Methods Work in Software Engineering: Method Deployment – as a Social Achievement

Mikael Svahnberg – 2003
Supporting Software Architecture Evolution

Per-Olof Bengtsson – 2002
Architecture-Level Modifiability Analysis

Michael Mattsson – 2000
Evolution and Composition of Object-Oriented Frameworks

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