Harald C. Gall, Prof. Dr.

Harald Gall, Prof. Dr.



Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics

Address Dean's Office:

Raemistrasse 71, Room KOL G-207, 8006 Zurich


Professor of Software Engineering

Director of the software evolution and architecture lab

Address Department: Binzmuehlestrasse 14, Room 2.D.02, 8050 Zurich

  Email harald.gall@uzh.ch
  Tel +41 44 634 23 53 (Dean's office)
    +41 44 635 43 21 (Chair)
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Short bio

Harald Gall is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics at the University of Zurich (UZH). He is professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Informatics at UZH. Prior to that, he was associate professor at the Technical University of Vienna in the Distributed Systems Group (TUV), where he also received his PhD (Dr. techn.) and master's degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Informatics.

He held visiting positions at Microsoft Research in Redmond, USA, and University of Washington in Seattle, USA. 

His research interests are in software engineering with focus on software evolution, software architecture, software quality analysis, mining software repositories, and cloud-based software engineering.

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, ChangeDistiller, or SOFAS.

He is an Associate Editor of the Journal on Empirical Software Engineering (since 2015), IEEE Software(since 2015), and the Computing Journal(since 2011). He is a former Associate Editor of IEEE's Transactions on Software Engineering(2010-14).

He is executive committee member of ACM SIGSOFT and ACM SIGSOFT awards chair.

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 and Mining Software Archives
  • Software Quality Analysis
  • Software Architecture
  • Cloud-based Software Engineering
  • Service-Centric Software Systems

Program Chair

He was the program chair of the two flagship conferences in the field of software engineering: ICSE and ESEC/FSE.

In 2011, he was program co-chair of ICSE 2011, the International Conference on Software Engineering, held on the tropical island of Oahu in Hawaii.

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

In 2006 and 2007 he co-chaired MSR, the International Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories, the premier event for software evolution analysis. In 2000 and 2005, he was program chair of the International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC), a major forum for software maintenance.