The Dalhousie Software Engineering Lab (DalSEL) is dedicated to understanding and improving the human process of creating, evolving and maintaining software systems, and the wellbeing of both the developers and users of these systems. DalSEL is led by Professor Paul Ralph.
DalSEL provides a supportive, inclusive, multicultural environment where Postdocs, PhD students, MSc students and undergraduate research assistants benefit from extensive mentoring, a collaborative lab culture, strong industry links and competitive stipends. Those intent on an academic career receive coaching and help with professional networking. Those intent on an industry career path have opportunities for internships or close collaboration with industry partners.
Eyram Amedzor, BSc (Bluecrest), is a Master’s student at Dalhousie University. His research interests include software engineering. Before joining Dalhousie, Eyram was a tech freelancer and founded multiple successful startups.
Hera Arif, MSc (Abu Dhabi), is a PhD Student at DalSEL under Prof. Ralph’s supervision. Her research interests include software code quality and measurement. She holds a Bachelors in Information Technology and a Masters in Information Technology from Abu Dhabi University, UAE and has five peer-reviewed publications. Her thesis investigates current research related to software code quality metrics; their measurement standards, validation, and usage.
Bimpe Ayoola, BTech (FUTA, Nigeria), is a PhD Student at DalSEL under Prof. Ralph’s supervision. Bimpe’s research interests include sustainability and human factors of software engineering. Her thesis focuses on developing interventions for socially sustainable software design and development, promoting social justice and responsibility in software engineering. She was recently honoured with the prestigious Ada Byron Award for her substantial contributions to advancing and advocating for women’s involvement in computer science. Bimpe currently serves as the women’s representative of the Student and Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) at CS-Can Info-Can, and a coding mentor and tutor for Grades 4-12 students of African heritage in Nova Scotia at Imhotep’s Legacy Academy.
Satya Deepika Chavatapalli, BTech (GIET, India), is a Master’s student at Dalhousie University with research interests in software engineering. Before joining DalSEL, she worked in quality assurance and testing for seven years at Deloitte and TCS.
Keisha Gaspard-Chickoree, B.Sc., M.Sc. (West Indies), is a PhD student at Dalhousie University with over a decade of experience in agile software development. Her unwavering passion for software development and social innovation for refugees has been the driving force behind her research. Keisha holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Geoinformatics from the University of the West Indies, as well as certifications as a Scrum Master, ITIL professional, and Project Management Professional.
Arazoo Hoseyni, BCS, M.Eng. (Dalhousie), is a PhD Student at DalSEL under Prof. Ralph’s supervision. Her research interests include human factors of software engineering and the (remote and hybrid) future of software development. She previously worked for IBM Canada.
Miikka Kuutila, PhD (Oulu), is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at DalSEL. His research interests include human factors of software engineering, sentiment analysis, and repository mining. His PhD thesis investigated the time pressure on software developers. Dr. Kuutila’s has published more than 20 articles in leading venues including Computers and Human Behaviour, Computer Science Review, Empirical Software Engineering, ICSE and MSR. His research has garnered over 1000 academic citations.
Erin Shultz is a research assistant at DalSEL. She holds Bachelor’s in Applied Computer Science from Dalhousie University. Her research interests include human factors in software engineering.
Ronnie de Souza Santos, PhD (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil) is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The University of Calgary. He was a postdoctoral researcher at DalSEL from 2020 to 2022.
Arham Arshad was a research assistant at DalSEL and undergraduate student in Dalhousie’s Bachelor of Computer Science program.
Sean McGuire was a research assistant at DalSEL and undergraduate student in Dalhousie’s Bachelor of Computer Science program.