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19972018
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“Software development is a human activity: understanding software requires understanding humans that create it”.

Research profile

Alexander Serebrenik is an Associate Professor of Software Evolution at the Model-Driven Software Engineering group of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Alexander’s research covers a wide rage of empirical software engineering topics, from analysis of models and source code to collaborative and human aspects of software engineering. The underlying idea of his work is that addressing software engineering challenges should be grounded in observation and experimentation, and requires a combination of the social and the technical perspectives.

Alexander has co-authored a book “Evolving Software Systems” (Springer Verlag, 2014), and more than 100 scientific papers and articles. He is the steering committee chair of ICSME, has been the general chair of ICSM 2013, and a program chair of SANER 2015 and ICPC 2017. Since 2015, he has been acting as the vice-director of the Graduate Program Computer Science. He has won multiple best paper and distinguished reviewer awards, and is member of the editorial board of three journals.

Academic background

Alexander Serebrenik obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and an MSc in Computer Science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. In addition to his work at TU/e, till 2017 Alexander was also a part-time visiting researcher at the Software Analysis and Transformation group of CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica), the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands.  In 2012, he took a sabbatical at the Software Engineering lab of University of Mons; in 2018 - at the Collaborative Development Group of University of Bari.

Alexander has also held positions at LaQuSo (Laboratory for Qualitative Software) at Eindhoven University of Technology (assistant professor), the Sémantique, preuve et interprétation abstraite (Semantics, Proof and Abstract Interpretation) group at Ecole Polytechnique, France (postdoc researcher) and the Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence group at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (postdoc).

Affiliated with

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Collaboration and joint student supervision with ASML and Philips Healthcare
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Swiss Innovation Valley

External positions

Visiting professor, University of Bari

Jul 2018Oct 2018

Voluntary employee, Universite de Mons

2012 → …

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Research Output 1997 2018

Challenges for static analysis of Java Reflection : literature review and empirical study

Landman, D., Serebrenik, A. & Vinju, J., 2017, 39th International Conference on Software Engineering.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Static analysis
Application programming interfaces (API)
Semantics
Statistics
Engineers
22 Citations

On negative results when using sentiment analysis tools for software engineering research

Jongeling, R. M., Sarkar, P., Datta, S. & Serebrenik, A., 21 Aug 2017, In : Empirical Software Engineering. 22, 5, p. 2543-2584 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Engineering research
Software engineering
Social aspects

Reducing user input requests to improve IT support ticket resolution process

Gupta, M., Asadullah, A., Padmanabhuni, S. & Serebrenik, A., 2018, In : Empirical Software Engineering. 23, 3, p. 1664-1703

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Life cycle
Clocks
Computer software maintenance
Computer networks
Computer hardware
5 Citations

The impact of continuous integration on other software development practices: a large-scale empirical study

Zhao, Y., Serebrenik, A., Zhou, Y., Filkov, V. & Vasilescu, B. N., 23 Oct 2017, 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 60-71

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Software engineering
Innovation
Throughput
Testing
47 Citations

Gender and tenure diversity in GitHub teams

Vasilescu, B. N., Posnett, D., Ray, B., Brand, van den, M. G. J., Serebrenik, A., Devanbu, P. & Filkov, V., 2015, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'15, Seoul, Korea, April 18-23, 2015). New York NY: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 3789-3798

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open source software
Tenure
Productivity
Modeling
Software development

Prizes

Distinguished paper award

Davy Landman (Recipient), Alexander Serebrenik (Recipient) & Jurgen Vinju (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Static analysis
Software engineering

3rd prize for the technical poster

Monika Gupta (Recipient) & Alexander Serebrenik (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Data Showcase contribution

Jeroen Noten (Recipient), Josh Mengerink (Recipient) & Alexander Serebrenik (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Emerging Results Paper Award

Gema Rodriguez Perez (Recipient), Andy Zaidman (Recipient), Alexander Serebrenik (Recipient), Gregorio Robles (Recipient) & J.M. González-Barahona (Recipient), 11 Oct 2018

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Software engineering

Best paper award

C.M. Gerpheide (Recipient), Ramon Schiffelers (Recipient) & Alexander Serebrenik (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2014 2018

Collaborative Software Development

Serebrenik, A. (Speaker)
9 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkProfessional

Human Aspects of Software Architecture

Serebrenik, A. (Speaker)
16 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkProfessional

25th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2017)

Giuseppe Scanniello (Chair), Serebrenik, A. (Chair), David Lo (Chair)
22 May 201723 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceScientific

Telling Stories about Software Developers

Serebrenik, A. (Speaker)
31 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

25th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2017)

Serebrenik, A. (Chair)
22 May 201723 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceScientific

Press / Media

Human aspects of software engineering

Alexander Serebrenik

10/04/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Anger and Its Direction in Collaborative Software Development

Alexander Serebrenik & Daviti Gachechiladze

1/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Software evolution

Alexander Serebrenik

1/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Gender and Software Engineering

Alexander Serebrenik & Els Rommes

16/11/15

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Student theses

(Ab)using Bitcoin for anti-censorship tool

Author: Okupski, K., 31 Dec 2014

Supervisor: Skoric, B. (Supervisor 1), de Weger, B. (Supervisor 2) & Serebrenik, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

A data-driven approach for generating insights into software development

Author: Rexhepi, N., 25 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Kaymak, U. (Supervisor 1), Wilbik, A. (Supervisor 2), Serebrenik, A. (Supervisor 2), Geritz, E. (External person) (External coach) & Kabel, M. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

File

Analysis of advanced aggregation techniques for software metrics

Author: Vasilescu, B., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Serebrenik, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

File

An automated verification approach for scheduling in complex manufacturing machines

Author: Kuijpers, T., 31 Jan 2006

Supervisor: Groote, J. (Supervisor 1) & Serebrenik, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

Anger and its direction in Apache Jira developer comments

Author: Gachechiladze, D., 26 Sep 2016

Supervisor: Serebrenik, A. (Supervisor 1), Novielli, N. (External person) (External coach) & Lanubile, F. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

File