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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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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