Department of Informatics – s.e.a.l

About us  

Harald C. Gall, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Software Engineering
Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and IT
Director of the software evolution and architecture lab
University of Zurich
Department of Informatics (ifi)
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel +41 44 635 43 21
Fax +41 44 635 71 48
Office BIN 2.D.02

Short bio

Harald C. Gall received the MSc (Diplomingenieur) and PhD (Dr. techn.) degrees in informatics from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He is a professor of software engineering in the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to that, he was an associate professor in the Distributed Systems Group at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria.

His research interests include software engineering and software analysis, focusing on software evolution, software quality, software architecture, collaborative software engineering, and service-centric software systems.

He is probably best known for his work on software evolution analysis and mining software archives. Since 1997 he has worked on devising ways in which mining these repositories can help to better understand software development, to devise predictions about quality attributes, and to exploit this knowledge in software analysis tools such as Evolizer.

He is an Associate Editor of IEEE's Transactions on Software Engineering(since 2010) and Springer's Computing Journal (since 2011). 

He was president of CHOOSE, the Swiss SIG for Object-Oriented Systems and Environments, (2008-2011). And he is a member of ACM, IEEE, SI-SE, and OCG.

Research Interests

His research profile can also be found on Google Scholar. His research interests include:

  • Software Evolution
  • Software Quality Analysis
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Reengineering
  • Collaborative Software Engineering
  • Service-Centric Software Systems

Program Chair

In 2005, he was the program chair of ESEC-FSE, the joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference (ESEC), and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE).

In 2006 and 2007 he co-chaired MSR, the International Workshop and now Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories, the major forum for software evolution analysis.

He was program co-chair of ICSE 2011, the International Conference on Software Engineering, held on the tropical island of Oahu in Hawaii. Currently, he is involved in the SCORE student contest for ICSE 2013 in San Francisco, USA.

ICSE 2013