BIO: Daniela Damian is a Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, where she leads the Software Engineering Global interAction research Lab (SEGAL). Her work focuses on socio-technical and organizational aspects of software development. She researches the communication, information flow and coordination among the diverse set of stakeholders beyond the technical dependencies found in software code. Software development is driven by many other dependencies that are not of technical nature, but most often guided by the project requirements or business needs. Large, distributed software projects, and specifically the emerging complex IT ecosystems rely on effective interactions among project stakeholders that include, beyond software developers, suppliers, customers and system end-users as well business partners. These complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. Her research employs a synergy of empirical methods, data mining and social network analysis techniques to understand these complex interactions as well as develop methods, processes, and tools to improve the effectiveness of communication and coordination in large, distributed software projects.
Daniela has served on the program committee boards of several software engineering conferences, was the Co-Chair for the Software Engineering in Society Track at ICSE 2015, the program co-chair for the First International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE06), and a guest editor of the IEEE Software Special Issue on Global Software Engineering (2006). She is currently serving on the editorial boards of Transactions on Software Engineering, the Journal of Requirements Engineering, and is the Requirements Engineering Area Editor for the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, and the Human Aspects Area Editor for the Journal of Software and Systems.