Workshop Chairs

Arif Ali Khan

Assistant Professor, College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Dr. Arif Ali Khan is working as an Assistant Professor with the College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He received B.S. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Bannu, Pakistan and M.Sc. in Information Technology from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. He has participated in and managed several empirical software engineering related research projects. He has expertise in global software development, process improvement, 3C’s (communication, coordination, control), DevOps, requirements change management and evidence-based software engineering. Dr Khan has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed software engineering conferences and journals.


He Zhang

State Key Laboratory of Novel Software Technology, Software Institute, Nanjing University, China. He Zhang is a Full Professor of Software Engineering and the Director of Software Engineering and Architecture Laboratory (SEAL) at the Nanjing University, China, also a Principal Scientist with CSIRO, Australia. He was awarded B.Eng (NUAA), M.PM (USyd) and Ph.D (UNSW). Prof. Zhang is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in software engineering. He joined academia after seven years working in software industry, developing software systems in the areas of aerospace and complex data management. He undertakes research in software engineering, in particular software process (modeling, simulation, analytics and improvement), software architecture, software quality, software security, empirical and evidence-based software engineering, service-oriented computing, and data-driven software engineering. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in high quality international conferences and journals, and won 10 Best/Distinguished Paper Awards from several prestigious international conferences (e.g., ISESE/ESEM, ICSP/ICSSP, APSEC, and EASE). He is a Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM (SIGSOFT), a Senior Member of China Computer Federation (CCF), and serves on the Steering Committees and Program Committees of a number of high quality international conferences in software engineering community.


Pekka Abrahamsson

Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Dr Pekka Abrahamsson works as a full professor of information systems and software engineering at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He received his PhD on Software Engineering in 2002 from University of Oulu. His research is in the area of emerging software technologies, empirical software engineering, software startups, and the ethics of artificial intelligence. Before his current position, he has served as full professor in University of Helsinki (Finland), Free University of Bolzano (Italy), and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). He also worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a research professor of software technologies. He is widely recognized for his academic achievements. He is a pioneer in the field of research on agile software engineering methods and processes. Abrahamsson is the most cited researcher in his field in Finland, and he is the first Professor of Software Engineering at the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He has published broadly in his areas of expertise and received many awards and recognitions. Arnetminer named him among the 100 most influential software engineering scientists in the world in 2016. Abrahamsson was awarded the Nokia Foundation Award 2007. In the same year, his large international European research project was also awarded the ITEA-Achievement Award. He is the co-founder of the Software Startup Research Network (SSRN) and a seasoned expert in leading large research projects.