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Department of Informatics ZEST

Alberto Bacchelli

Alberto Bacchelli, Prof. Dr.

  • Associate Professor
  • Head of ZEST
‭+41 (0) 44 635 43 96‬
Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zürich
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Research Interests

My broader research vision is to innovate software engineering, through fundamental empirical research and software tools. My goal is to increase our scientific knowledge of today’s software development and to design, based on strong empirical evidence and theory, the right tools, languages, and development environments for high-quality software engineering.

Short Bio

I have received the MSR Ric Holt Early Career Achievement Award 2020 for my contributions
to modern code review. I have received the 10-year Most Influential Paper award from SANER for his
work on extending IDEs with an AI-based recommendation tool. I am the recipient of in total eight Best Paper Awards and ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards, awarded from the top academic venues in software engineering and computer-supported collaborative work.

Prior to joining UZH, I have worked four years as assistant professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, after which I received tenure. I obtained my Ph.D. in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Michele Lanza, working in the REVEAL research group, at the Faculty of Informatics, of the University of Lugano. I have been intern twice (2012 and 2013) at Microsoft Research in Redmond, USA, working with Dr. Christian Bird

I obtained my bachelor and master degrees in computer science from University of Bologna, also studying one year at the Université Libre De Bruxelles during my Master. After obtaining the master degree, I also have worked in industry for year at Cineca, the largest Italian computing center.


My sister, Chiara Bacchelli, is an exceptional photographer and her work focuses on weddings (or "matrimonio" as we say in Italian). Check out her photos on her own web site, which is pretty awesome!