Burak Turhan

Assoc Professor

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Research interests

By studying the everyday challenges of software practitioners, I strive to develop an evidence-based understanding of the process of software development through fundamental research and to reflect this understanding to practice through novel solutions by means of applied research and technology transfer.

My research interests in software engineering are in the areas of Empirical Software Engineering, Software Analytics, Software Quality Assurance and Testing, Human Factors in Software Engineering and evaluating the effectiveness of different software development methodologies, practices, tools and environments.

My specific goals are to analyse and improve the reliability and quality of software systems, the productivity of development teams and the effectiveness of development/ management practices. I target developing novel concepts, methods, tools and approaches to assist software professionals in critical decision making, resource allocation and process improvement, while facilitating and supporting the adoption of promising software development and management practices.

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Engineering, PhD, Bogazici Universitesi (Bogazici University)

1 Sep 200425 Nov 2008

External positions

Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu

1 Nov 2012 → …

Affiliated Faculty (Data Science Laboratory), Ryerson University

1 Jun 2012 → …


  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software Analytics
  • Data Science

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Research Output 2007 2018

Four commentaries on the use of students and professionals in empirical software engineering experiments

Feldt, R., Zimmermann, T., Bergersen, G. R., Falessi, D., Jedlitschka, A., Juristo, N., Münch, J., Oivo, M., Runeson, P., Shepperd, M., Sjøberg, D. I. K. & Turhan, B., Dec 2018, In : Empirical Software Engineering. 23, 6, p. 3801-3820 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Guest editorial: special issue on predictive models for software quality

Minku, L. L., Bener, A. B. & Turhan, B., Jun 2018, In : Software Quality Journal. 26, 2, p. 521-523 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

A Dissection of the Test-Driven Development Process: Does It Really Matter to Test-First or to Test-Last?

Fucci, D., Erdogmus, H., Turhan, B., Oivo, M. & Juristo, N., 1 Jul 2017, In : IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 43, 7, p. 597-614 18 p., 7592412.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Guest editorial: special issue on realising artificial intelligence synergies in software engineering

Harrison, R., Bener, A. B., Meriçli, Ç. & Turhan, B., 21 Aug 2017, In : Automated Software Engineering. 24, 4, p. 789-790 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Preface: Product-Focused Software Process Improvement

Felderer, M., Fernández, D. M., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F. & Winkler, D., 2017, In : Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 10611 , p. V-VI 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOther

Open Access

Activities 2015 2017

  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Journal of Systems and Software (Journal)

Burak Turhan (Associate editor)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Empirical Software Engineering (Journal)

Burak Turhan (Editorial board member)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility