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Professor Sven Apel

Professor Sven Apel

Professor Sven Apel has held the Heisenberg Chair of Software Engineering of the University of Passau, focusing on automatic software construction, since 2013; he also leads the Emmy Noether Research Group ‘Safe and efficient product lines’ (SafeSPL). Past research stays abroad included the University of Texas at Austin (United States) and the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Professor Sven Apel has held the Heisenberg Chair of Software Engineering of the University of Passau, focusing on automatic software construction, since 2013; he also leads the Emmy Noether Research Group ‘Safe and efficient product lines’ (SafeSPL). Past research stays abroad included the University of Texas at Austin (United States) and the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Professor Sven Apel is a Principal Investigator in the Cyber<>Co-Creation research area. Here is his contribution:

‘I develop and evaluate methods for the analysis of distributed, decentralised software projects using technical and social aspects. As complex software projects are about much more than program code and software artefacts – they have an (implicit or explicit) organisational structure – these two aspects must enter into, and be combined in, the analysis. For this purpose, I combine and expand on methods from various areas such as software repository mining, software analysis and network analysis.’

Why he participates:

‘What primarily moved me to become involved in the project was the opportunity to work together with academics from other disciplines and focus areas, particularly organisation science, statistics and psychology. The exchange of knowledge and methods in these areas is highly promising.’

Related research

Professor Sven Apel has extensive experience with software repository mining and the analysis of large-scale Open Source software projects. In his work he uses a number of innovative and interdisciplinary methods to explore complex developer and software networks. For instance, he was able to determine evolutionary trends in the co-ordination of software developers, which are useful for the evaluation of, and forecasting in, software projects.

  • Joblin, M., Apel, S., Hunsen, C. & Mauerer, W. 2017. Classifying Developers into Core and Peripheral: An Empirical Study on Count and Network Metrics. Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). Buenos Aires.
  • Joblin, M., Mauerer, W., Apel, S., Siegmund, J. & Riehle, D. 2015. From Developer Networks to Verified Communities: A Fine-Grained Approach. Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE): 563–573. Firenze: IEEE Computer Society.

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