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I am SNFS Professor of Empirical Software Engineering at the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland, where I lead the Zurich Empirical Software engineering Team (ZEST).
My research field is empirical software engineering. My broader vision is to move away from decisions based on intuition, or development activities painstakingly conducted manually, into solutions created using data-driven mathematical models, which make use of the large amount of information available during the software engineering process.
I obtained my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Michele Lanza, working in the REVEAL research group, at the Faculty of Informatics, of the University of Lugano.
During my Ph.D. studies, 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 have been working in the industry for one year at Cineca, the largest Italian computing center.