I am assistant professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands.
My Curriculum Vitae, updated on Aug 31, 2015 is available here.
My primary research interest is in software analytics. This field emerges from software engineering and data science and its focus is on developing and applying data science processes and techniques to conduct empirical experiments on complex knowledge-based activities, particularly the development of software, and improve their state of the practice. My goal is understanding and improving complex knowledge- based activities, such as software engineering, with processes, practices, and tools informed by data and actors' needs, and by engaging with other disciplines such as social sciences. I tackle research questions with both qualitative and quantitative research approaches.
Currently, I work in the Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), conducting data science research on software repositories and code review. I propose solutions to support program comprehension and software evolution. The techniques I use are at the intersection of Software Engineering, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, and Machine Learning.
I obtained my bachelor and master degrees in computer science from University of Bologna, also studying one year at the Université Libre De Bruxelles during my Master. After obtaining the master degree, I have been working in the industry for one year at Cineca, the largest Italian computing center.
- The paper A security perspective on code review: The case of Chromium, which I co-authored, has been accepted at SCAM 2016! Congratulations, Marco and Magiel!
- The paper On the reaction to deprecation of 25,357 clients of 4+1 popular Java APIs, which I co-authored, has been accepted at ICSME 2016! Congratulations, Anand and Romain!
- The paper Work Practices and Challenges in Pull-Based Development: The Contributor’s Perspective, which I co-authored, has been awarded an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper award at ICSE 2016! Congratulations, Georgios and Peggy!
- The paper A Search-based Training Algorithm for Cost-aware Defect Prediction, which I co-authored, has been accepted at GECCO 2016! Congratulations to all the co-authors!
- The paper On the “Naturalness” of Buggy Code, which I co-authored, has been accepted at ICSE 2016! Congratulations to all the co-authors!