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Dr Muhammad Ali Babar

Formerly at Lancaster University

Muhammad Ali Babar

Research overview

My research is focused on human-centric software engineering, an area at the intersection of computing, behavioral, and cognitive sciences. My research is stimulated by the need to improve the software engineering process to produce high quality software intensive systems and services that can help organizations to achieve their business and social goals. The main focus of my research is to develop and/or rigorously evaluate approaches and tools for supporting the design, analysis, and evolution of complex and dependable software intensive system and services that meet both the functional and non-functional requirements as derived from the quality goals specified by the stakeholders. Most of my research efforts have been focused on early lifecycle issues when designing and developing software intensive systems and services using different software development paradigms such as Global Software Engineering (GSE), Open Source Software (OSS), and Agile methods. Hence, one of the key objectives of my research and development activities is to help build human- as well as technological-based competencies in designing, analyzing, and evolving high quality software architectures of systems and services systematically and predictably according to the requirements of different software development paradigms (i.e., GSE, OSS, Agile).



Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering                                       




Master of Science in Computing




Master of Science in Psychology




Career Details


Feb. 2013 - Current

School of Computing and Communication,

Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Associate Professor

Dec. 2009 – Feb. 2013

Software and Systems Session

IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Senior Researcher

Mar. 2007 – Nov. 2009

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Apr. 2003 – Mar. 2007

Empirical Software Engineering, National ICT Australia.

Senior Research Officer

Feb. 2001 – Feb. 2003 

JRCASE, CSIRO-Macquarie University, Australia.


Professional Role

Chair of the steering committee of NordiCloud. Member of steering committees of WICSA, ECSA, and ICGSE. I have been a guest editor of several special issues/sections of IEEE Software, JSS, ESEJ, SoSyM, IST, and REJ. I also (co-)chaired the program committees of several conferences such as Nordicloud 2013, WICSA/ECSA 2012, ECSA2010, PROFES2010, and ICGSE2011. 

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