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Prof Federica Sarro
Prof Federica Sarro profile picture
  • Professor of Software Engineering
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I am Professor of Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science of University College London (UCL). http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/F.Sarro/

I lead the Software Optimisation, Learning and Analytics Research (SOLAR) group, which I have established in 2019 (https://solar.cs.ucl.ac.uk/index.html).

From 2014 to 2018 I led the UCL App Store Analysis (UCLappA) research team (comprising 4 academics, 1 postdoctoral researcher, 2 PhD students). UCLappA has been the first group in the UK (and one of the first internationally) working on App Store Analysis for SE. The research outcome of UCLAppA has led to the creation of the Appredict Ltd. spin out, which I currently direct.

I am also memeber of the CREST research centre and Systems and Software Engineering group at UCL.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Prof. Sarro's research interests include Empirical Software Engineering, Search-Based Software Engineering, and App Store Analytics. On these topics she has published more than 80 articles in international SE venues, including top ones like ICSE, FSE, TSE, TOSEM and she has received four best paper awards, and two Microsoft grants. 

Prof. Sarro has also been actively involved in the Software Engineering (SE) community as program chair and track chair of several international conferences, and she has served as a program committee member for more than 40 SE conferences and as a reviewer of more than 10 top journals over the last 4 years. 

Prof. Sarro is on the review board of the Empirical Software Engineering Journal, on the editorial board of the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines Journal, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Software blog (area “Mobile Applications and Systems”). 

Teaching Summary

Currently co-adivised PhD Students
William Martin, Afnan A. Al-Subaihin, and Carlos Gavidia PhD candidates at University College London

Past co-advised Bachelor and Master Students
Six Bachelor and three Master thesis co-supervised at University of Salerno (Italy). 
Three Erasmus students (master thesis) jointly co-supervised with University College London (UK) and University of Salerno, Italy. 

Teaching Assistant
Research Seminar in Software Engineering (GS11) – graduate course (36 hours), Dr E. Barr, Department of Computer Science, University College London, London, Academic Year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
Java Lab (INST2012) - undergraduate course (16 hours), Dr Martin O'Reilly, Department of Information Studies, University College London, London, Academic Year 2013/2014
Second term: Robotics Programming course (36 hours), Prof M. Handley and Dr D. Mohamedally, University College London, London, Academic Year 2012/2013.

01-AUG-2017 Senior Lecturer Computer Science University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013   Doctorat Universita degli Studi di Salerno
2006   laurea triennale Universita degli Studi di Salerno
    ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching  
2009   Laurea Specialistica Universita degli Studi di Salerno
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