Workshop Chairs

Arif Ali Khan

Assistant Professor,
College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Dr. Arif Ali Khan is working as an Assistant Professor with the College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He received B.S. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Bannu, Pakistan and M.Sc. in Information Technology from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. He has participated in and managed several empirical software engineering related research projects. He has expertise in global software development, process improvement, 3C’s (communication, coordination, control), DevOps, requirements change management and evidence-based software engineering. Dr Khan has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed software engineering conferences and journals.

Email: arif.khan@nuaa.edu.cn

He Zhang

Professor,
State Key Laboratory of Novel Software Technology, Software Institute, Nanjing University, China.

He Zhang is a Full Professor of Software Engineering and the Director of Software Engineering and Architecture Laboratory (SEAL) at the Nanjing University, China, also a Principal Scientist with CSIRO, Australia. He was awarded B.Eng (NUAA), M.PM (USyd) and Ph.D (UNSW). Prof. Zhang is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in software engineering. He joined academia after seven years working in software industry, developing software systems in the areas of aerospace and complex data management. He undertakes research in software engineering, in particular software process (modeling, simulation, analytics and improvement), software architecture, software quality, software security, empirical and evidence-based software engineering, service-oriented computing, and data-driven software engineering. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in high quality international conferences and journals, and won 10 Best/Distinguished Paper Awards from several prestigious international conferences (e.g., ISESE/ESEM, ICSP/ICSSP, APSEC, and EASE). He is a Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM (SIGSOFT), a Senior Member of China Computer Federation (CCF), and serves on the Steering Committees and Program Committees of a number of high quality international conferences in software engineering community.

Email: hezhang@nju.edu.cn

Mahmood Niazi

Professor,
Information and Computer Science Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Dr Mahmood Niazi is a full Professor of Software Engineering at the Information and Computer Science Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia. He has received the M.phil. degree from the University of Manchester, U.K., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He has spent more than a decade with leading technology firms and universities as a Process Analyst, a Senior Systems Analyst, a Project Manager, and a Professor. He has participated in and managed several software development projects. He is currently an Active Researcher in the field of empirical software engineering. He has published over 100 articles. He is interested in developing sustainable processes in order to develop systems, which are reliable, secure, and fulfil customer needs. His research interests are evidence-based software engineering, requirements engineering, sustainable, reliable and secure software engineering processes, global and distributed software engineering, software process improvement, and software engineering project management.

Email: mkniazi@kfupm.edu.sa