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My research interests lie in the domain of requirements engineering. Many software systems suffer from a lack of consideration of human-centric needs, e.g. related to age, gender, ethnicity, language proficiency or physical and intellectual disabilities. My research focuses on creating methods and tools that support software developers in (i) identifying relevant/critical stakeholders, (ii) eliciting relevant/critical human-centric needs and (iii) capturing and modelling these needs in close collaboration with the stakeholders.

I have a background in both, academia and industry. Before joining Monash, I was a professor of applied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig, Germany. I have also worked as research fellow at Data 61 and as postdoc at Swinburne university. I have published in the areas of software engineering, cybersecurity, service-oriented software systems and distributed (multi-agent) systems.

My industry experience includes work on a novel secure file sharing solution at Melbourne-based startup Lock Box and as an independent IT security consultant in Germany. I have also co-founded the German startup The Agent Factory with focus on agent-based computing and personalised mobile apps.

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, Swinburne University of Technology

Award Date: 22 Oct 2009

Research area keywords

  • Software Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Usability
  • Accessibility


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