Initiatives Team

XabierXabier Larrucea, IEEE Software blog editor, is senior researcher and project leader at Tecnalia since January 2010, where he leads European research projects in the cybersecurity area. Before this position, he joined European Software Institute (ESI) in 2002 where he performed several European R & D projects related to model-driven architectures, service-oriented architectures, software process engineering, and metamodeling/modeling software. In addition, he has carried out several consulting activities in the private sector. Xabier combines this activity with a part-time lecturer position at the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV). He received a PhD in software engineering from the University of the Basque Country. He is PMP certified and IEEE Senior Member. Contact him at
Rocco OlivetoRocco Oliveto, social media engagement editor, is an associate professor at University of Molise (Italy), where he is also the Director of the Computer Science Bachelor and Master programs and the Director of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (STAKE Lab). He has co-authored more than 100 papers on topics related to software traceability, software maintenance and evolution, search-based software engineering, and empirical software engineering. His activities span various international software engineering research communities. He has served as organizing and program committee member of several international conferences in the field of software engineering. He was program co-chair of ICPC 2015, TEFSE 2015 and 2009, SCAM 2014, and WCRE 2013 and 2012. He will be general chair of SANER 2018. He is also one of the co-founders and CEO of datasounds, a spin-off of the University of Molise aiming to efficiently exploit the priceless heritage that can be extracted from big data analysis. Contact him at
Damian TamburriDamian A. Tamburri, community management editor, is a postdoc at Politecnico Di Milano. His main research interests involve social software engineering through empirical methods. He focuses on the organizational and social improvement of complex software development communities and complex software development processes. Tamburri received a double MSc in global software engineering and software architectures from the University of L’Aquila and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Contact him at
Marco TorchianoMarco Torchiano, metrics team member, is an associate professor at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests are design notation, open-data quality, off-the-shelf-based development, and static analysis. He employs the methodological approach of empirical software engineering. He previously was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Torchiano received an MSc and a PhD in computer engineering from Politecnico di Torino. He’s the coauthor of Software Development: Case Studies in Java (Addison-Wesley, 2005) and coeditor of Developing Services for the Wireless Internet (Springer, 2006). Contact him at