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



The department is responsible for the following study programmes:

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