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I am a Lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of the West of Scotland.
My research efforts are aimed at building theory on what it takes to develop quality software. I have studied process models, like CMMI, a couple of ISO standards. I have also researched in agile development environments with a technical debt viewpoint. Currently, I am working on developing and evaluating secure software architectures, and in testing ubiquitous and context-aware software systems.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Software is eating the world”. Software is pervasive and every time more omnipresent in our lives. By 2017 there will be five devices per person. As a consequence, as software gains visibility also does its software errors and costs. Unfortunately, there is still no hard-proven solution to build quality software. By most accounts, software development projects tend to fail, and the software development industry and its customers have become accustomed to this. Even though there is a vast literature in software engineering research, many sub-domains are showing a gap between the state of the art and state of the practice. The industry-academia GAP has lead to a growing lack of trust between industry and academia. In the past decade, a portion of the software engineering research community has embraced the tenants of Empirical Research. Experimental software engineering brings the application of the scientific method to our field. I believe that Empirical methods will enable practitioners to make informed decisions based on well-grounded knowledge. I aim to generate empirical knowledge on software development with an emphasis on developing technologies that the software development industry can apply.

External positions

Research Professor, Universidad ORT Uruguay

1 Aug 200931 Aug 2018

Assistant Professor, Universidad ORT Uruguay

1 Aug 20031 Aug 2009


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Software Engieering
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software Process
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Testing

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Software engineering Engineering & Materials Science
Software testing Engineering & Materials Science
Testing Engineering & Materials Science
Students Engineering & Materials Science
Computer software reusability Engineering & Materials Science
Defects Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science
Benchmarking Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2008 2019

StrongDBMS: built from immutable components

Crowe, M., Matalonga, S. & Laiho, M., 29 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications: DBKDA 2019. 9 ed. ThinkMind, 6 p. (DBKDA, International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications; no. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Data structures

Trends in software reuse research: a tertiary study

Barros-Justo, J. L., Benitti, F. B. V. & Matalonga, S., 27 Apr 2019, In : Computer Standards & Interfaces. 66, 103352.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computer software reusability
Decision making
decision making

Entre JiTT y TBL: comparación, fusión y aplicación de dos métodos deaula invertida

Bia, A. & Matalonga, S., 28 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Exploring the teacher asresearcher synergy through active learning methodologies

Matalonga, S. & Bia, A., 27 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

Software engineering
Problem-Based Learning

Portable Indocyanine Green (ICG) detection system – intraoperative applications

Gambini, J., Quinn, T., Matalonga, S., Vila, R., Hermida, J., Alonso, O., Yang, G. Z. & Cabral, P., 30 May 2018, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Indocyanine Green
Optical Imaging
Breast Neoplasms

Activities 2015 2019

  • 8 Editorial activity
  • 5 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference

ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) (Event)

Santiago Matalonga Motta (Peer reviewer)
May 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Software Testing, Verification and Reliability (Journal)

Santiago Matalonga Motta (Peer reviewer)
Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Journal of Systems and Software (Journal)

Santiago Matalonga Motta (Peer reviewer)
14 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

International Conference of software testing, Verification and validation (Event)

Santiago Matalonga Motta (Peer reviewer)
Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Development (Event)

Santiago Matalonga Motta (Peer reviewer)
Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review