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Prof. Dr. Stefan Biffl

   
 
Portrait Stefan Biffl

Stefan.Biffl@tuwien.ac.at

Web: http://qse.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/

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Office Location: Favoritenstr. 11, 2nd floor, green area, room HD0205

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Institut für Softwaretechnik und Interaktive Systeme
Technische Universität Wien
Favoritenstr. 9/188, A-1040 Wien Austria

   
 

I am an associate professor of software engineering at the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Technische Universität Wien.
I received MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology and an MS degree in social and economic sciences from the University of Vienna. In 2001 I received an Erwin-Schrödinger research scholarship and spent one year as researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute of Experimental Software Engineering (headed by Dieter Rombach), focusing on quality management and empirical software engineering. Also, in 2001 I received the Habilitation degree (Venia Docendi) in "Praktische Informatik" for work on empirical software engineering in project management and quality management. In 2006 I worked as guest researcher at Czech Technical University, Department of Cybernetics (headed by Vladimir Marik). Since 2010 I am the head of a Christian Doppler research laboratory.

My research focuses on

  • Value-based Software Engineering
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Collaboration in Software and Systems Engineering
  • Software quality management & Software Engineering Process Improvement
  • Engineering environment and engineering knowledge integration
  • Software and Systems Engineering process improvement
  • Production automation systems simulation and test
  • Application focus. Systems for monitoring and coordination of engineering  heterogeneous software-intensive systems

   
 

Recent Research Project Experience

  • Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for "Software Engineering Integration for Flexible Automation" since 2010. In the CD  laboratory 8+ researchers work for up to 7 years on application-oriented basic research for software and systems engineering environment integration with industry partners in the automation engineering domain.
  • Principal researcher in the "Complex Systems Design and Engineering Laboratory", 2008 to 2009.
  • Principal researcher at TUW in several nationally funded research projects (FWF, FFG) and an EU Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge project. 
  • Guest researcher at the Czech Technical Universty in Prague, Department of Cybernetics (2006) on software process design for automation systems engineering, agentAgent-based simulation of production automation systems, and software test automation for production systems.
  • Guest researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Empirical Software Engineering (IESE), Germany, on software defect detection methods and defect prediction models (2001).

Publishing

I have co-authored more than 150 publications in the areas of empirical software engineering, value-based software engineering, quality management, and software management. I was lead editor for the book "Value-Based Software Engineering" (Springer, September 2005) in collaboration with my co-editors A. Aurum, B.W. Boehm, H. Erdogmus, and P. Grünbacher. 

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Awards and Shortlists

  • Best Paper Award - atp award 2012
    Stefan Biffl, Richard Mordinyi, Thomas Moser, "Requirements Analysis for Integrated Engineering - Mechanisms and Practical Demands"; atp edition 55 (4), pp 28-35, 2012.
  • Outstanding Service Award
    by the
    Int. Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee on Software: Theory and Practice, in 2009.
  • Best Paper Award
    Arndt Lüder, Lorenz Hundt, Stefan Biffl, “On the Suitability of Modeling Approaches For Engineering Distributed Control Systems”; at the IEEE Industrial Informatics (IndIn) Conference, 2009.
  • Best Paper Award
    Stefan Biffl, Muhammad Ali Babar, Dietmar Winkler, "Impact of Experience and Team Size on the Quality of Scenarios for Architecture Evaluation" at the 12th Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Bari, Italy, 2008.
  • Short list for Best Paper Award
    Munir Merdan, Thomas Moser, Dindin Wahyudin, Stefan Biffl, "Performance Evaluation of Workflow Scheduling Strategies Considering Transportation Times and Conveyor Failures" at the IEEE Int. Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM), Singapore, 2008.
  • ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award
    Paul Grünbacher, Michael Halling, Stefan Biffl, "An Empirical Study on Groupware Support for Software Inspection Meetings" at the 18th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Montreal, Canada, 2003.
  • Best Paper Award
    Hasan Kitapci, Barry W. Boehm, Paul Grünbacher, Michael Halling, Stefan Biffl, "Formalizing Informal Stakeholder Requirements Inputs" at the the 13th Annual International Symposium INCOSE (The International Council on Systems Engineering), Washington DC, 2003.


Involvement in the Research Community

Being a researcher means to be involved in activities that advance science and research and help transfer the state-of-the-art into practice. I contribute with the following activities.

I am currently involved in the organization of following scientific events:

  • Scientific Program Chair of the "Software Quality Days" (SWQD) 2014 Conference in Vienna, Austria.
  • Keynote presenter at the software process improvement workshop (WAMPS) 2013 in Campinas, Brazil.
  • Co-chair of the "Software Product and Process Improvement" (SPPI) Track at Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA) 2013 in Santander, Spain.
  • Co-chair of the special session on "Mechatronical Engineering" at the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Conf. (IECON) 2013.
  • Program Committee member of the 18th Int. Conf. on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) 2014.
  • Program Committee member of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) 2013.
  • Program Committe member of the IEEE Industrial Informatics Conference (IndIn) 2013.

I have been involved in the organization and program committees of the following academic events:

  • Scientifc Program Chair of the "Software Quality Days" conference since 2012.
  • Co-Chair of the special session on "Mechatronical Engineering" at the IEEE Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) 2012 conference.
  • Guest editor of a special issue of best papers at the Software Quality Days 2011 conference at the Software Quality Journal.
  • Guest editor of a special issue of best papers at the SEAA 2011 conference at the journal Information and Software Technology.
  • Co-Chair of the International Doctoral Symposium of the Profes Conference (IdoProfes) 2012 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Local Organization Chair of the "European Software & System Process Improvement and Innovation" (EuroSPI) 2012 Conference in Vienna, Austria.
  • Program Committee member of the 2nd International Requirements Engineering Efficiency Workshop (REEW) 2012 in Essen, Germany.
  • Program Chair of the Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA) 2011 in Oulu, Finland.
  • Co-chair of "Software Engineering for Distributed Systems" Track at the International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software-Intensive Systems (CISIS) 2010 in Krakow, Poland.
  • Key note "A Platform for Service-Oriented Integration of Software Engineering Environments" presenter at the 8th Int. Conf. on Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques (SoMeT) 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Co-chair of the "Software Product and Process Improvement" (SPPI) Track at Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA) 2003 to 2006 and 2008 to 2010 and 2012.
  • Program committee co-chair of the International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software-Intensive Systems (CISIS) 2009 in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Steering Committee member of the Central and Eastern European Conference on Software Engineering Techniques (CEE-SET) since 2008.
  • Publicity chair of the European Software Engineering Conference and Foundation of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) 2007 in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Publication chair ACM/IEEE Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) 2007
  • Co-chair of the Workshop on "Event-Based IT Systems" (EBITS) at the Conference on Availability, Reliability, and Security (ARES) 2007 in Vienna , Austria.
  • Chair of Special Session on Value-Based Software Engineering (VBSE) at the Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA)
  • 2006 in Cavtat/Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Program Committee member of the International Doctoral Symposium of the Profes Conference (IdoProfes) 2013.
  • Program Committee member of the  IEEE Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) 2012 conference.
  • Program Committee member of the International Conference on Software and Systems Process (ICSSP) (co-located with the ACM/IEEE Int. Conf on Software Engineering, ICSE) since 2010.
  • Program Committee member of the European Conference on Software Process Improvement (EuroSPI) since 2010.
  • Program Committe member of the IEEE Industrial Informatics Conference (IndIn) since 2009.
  • Program Committee member of the Int. Conf. on Product Focused Software Development and Process Improvement (Profes) since 2010.
  • Program Committee member of the International Conference Agile (Agile) in 2009. 
  • Program Committee member of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) since 2008
  • Program Committee member of the International Conference on Software Engineering Essentials (SEE) 2008 to 2012. 
  • Program Committee member of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Exploring Quantifiable Information Technology Yields (EQUITY) 2007.
  • Program Committee member of the Workshop on "Tools, Infrastructures and Management of Distributed Development Projects" at WETICE 2007
  • Program Committee member of the HICSS’40 Mini-Track on Software Engineering Decision Support 2007
  • Program Committee member of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering (ISESE) 2002 to 2006
  • Program Committee member of the 28 ACM-IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), Education Track, 2006
  • Program Committee member of The International Conference on eXtreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering (XP) since 2006.
  • Program Committee member of the workshop on „Peer Reviews in Agile Development“ in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC) 2006
  • Program Committee member of the European Conference on Software Process Improvement (EuroSPI) since 2005
  • Program Committee member of the International Symposium on Software Metrics (Metrics) 2004 to 2005
  • Program Committee member of the Strategic Software Engineering Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2005 to 2006
  • Program Committee member of the IEEE Int. Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE) 2005
  • Program Committee member of the Int. Conf. on Availability, Reliability, and Security (ARES) 2006 to 2007.

I have acted as a reviewer for the following journals:

I have been a  member of the scientific advisory boards of:

  • EU FP7 project Medeia: “Model-Driven Embedded Systems Design Environment for the Industrial Automation Sector”; http://www.medeia.eu
  • FFG research project Frontics: "Communication Framework for Networked Automation and Control Systems"; http://frontics.org
  • Secure Business Austria, Comet 2 Competence Center.
  • Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH); Austria.

Scientific community service

I am a member scientific and professional societies: