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Dr Giuseppe Destefanis
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science


I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University.

I have previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, and have also served as a postdoctoral Researcher at Brunel University and the Computer Research Institute of Montreal in Canada. During my PhD studies, I had the opportunity to visit the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and I have also been an instructor of computer science courses at the University of Cagliari.

My main area of research is Empirical Software Engineering (ESE), with a focus on improving software quality and the overall software developer experience. I am a core member of the Brunel Software Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) and a member of the Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) group. My research involves investigating software repositories to gain insights into the development process using data (both source code and any other information written by developers) generated during the software development process. Specifically, I use source code to generate metrics and detect development patterns to improve bug-prediction models, and comments written by developers to understand the human aspects of software engineering and improve teams' productivity and the overall quality of the software development process.

In 2016, I entered the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency sector, working to bridge the gap between Blockchain application development and Software Engineering. I advocate for the need of Blockchain Oriented Software Engineering (BOSE) and have submitted 20 patents in collaboration with several companies. I have also published an edited book titled “Blockchain and Web 3.0 Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges” which was awarded “Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE”. In a paper published in January 2021 in the Journal of System and Software, I was listed among the Top ten blockchain authors for Software Engineering, recognizing my work as a world leader in the field (Vacca, A., Di Sorbo, A., Visaggio, C.A. and Canfora, G., 2020. A systematic literature review of blockchain and smart contract development: Techniques, tools, and open challenges).


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