Dr. Sebastiano Panichella

Sebastiano Panichella is a passionate Computer Science Researcher at the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW). He received the PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sannio (Department of Engineering) in 2014 defending the thesis entitled ''Supporting Newcomers in Open Source Software Development Projects'' (PDF). For more information have a look on his short CV or long CV.

His main research goal is to conduct industrial research, involving both industrial and academic collaborations, to sustain the Internet of Things (IoT) vision, where future "smart cities" will be characterized by millions of smart systems (e.g., cyber-physical systems such as drones, and other autonomous vehicles) connected over the internet, composed by AI-components, and/or controlled by complex embedded software implemented for the cloud.


His research interests are in the domain of Software Engineering (SE), cloud computing (CC), and Data Science (DS): DevOps (e.g., Continuous Delivery, Continuous integration), Machine learning applied to SE, Software maintenance and evolution (with particular focus on Cloud, mobile, AI-based, and Cyber-physical applications), Mobile Computing. Moreover, he is promoting DS research on "Summarization Techniques for Code, Changes, and Testing". He authored or co-authored over eighty papers appeared in International Conferences and Journals. These research works involved studies with industrial and open projects and received best paper awards or best paper nominations . He supervised (or co-supervised) 11 undergrad students, 17 MSc students and currently/recently 9 PhD students (6 of them during the postdoctoral experience at the University of Zurich), and 6 research assistants. He serves and has served as a program committee member of various international conference (e.g., ICSE, ASE, FSE, ICSME, etc.). Dr. Panichella was selected in 2019 as one of the top-20 (second in Switzerland) Most Active Early Stage Researchers Worldwide (results reported by the JSS journal) in SE. Dr. Panichella was selected In 2021 as one of the top-20 Most impactful SE researchers Worldwide (results reported by the JSS journal). According to (the September 2022 data-update from) the article "A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field" (in the report), a raking (or selection) of researchers is made (by the Stanford University) and Dr. Panichella appears in the percentile rank of 2% or above in the sub-field.
He is Editorial Board Member of Journal of Software: evolution and process (JSEP). He is also distinguished reviewer of the TOSEM (Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology) journal. His research was funded by one Swiss National Science Foundation Grant in the past. Currently his research is supported by
- the H2020 with the project called COSMOS: DevOps for Complex Cyber-physical Systems, - https://www.cosmos-devops.org/
- the Innosuisse
with the project called ARIES: Exploiting User Journeys and Testing Automation for Supporting Efficient Energy Service Platforms - https://www.aries-devops.ch/index.html

    2) Research Motto: "It does not make sense to try to be one of the most brilliant scientists. It makes much more sense and it is also more fun to try to be one of the most curious and passionate among them"

    3) Favourite Quotes and References:
    - It is never wrong to do the right thing.. (Mark Twain) 
    - Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.. (Albert Einstein) 
    - I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. (Albert Einstein) 
    - You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. (Galileo Galilei)
    - "Even a broken clock is right twice a day". - Ergo, there is always something good in any person . (Stephen Hunt)

    - A man is old only when his remorse exceeds his dreams. (Albert Einstein)
    - "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.” (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
    - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch