Alessio Ferrari

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Name:Alessio Ferrari

Ferrari is senior research scientist at CNR-ISTI (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Informazione “A. Faedo”, Pisa, Italy -, where he worked as post-doc researcher and temporary research scientist since 2011.

He received his Ph. D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 2011. During the Ph. D., he worked as system engineer at General Electric Transportation Systems (GETS) s.p.a., a world leading railway signalling company.

His primary research interests are: applications of natural language processing (NLP) techniques to requirements engineering (RE); user and customer interviews in RE; RE education and training; empirical formal methods and empirical software engineering.

He is part of the EU DESIRA project on sustainability, and the EU 4SECURail project on formal methods for railways. I have recently been WP leader of the European Project ASTRail, funded by the Shift2Rail Programme, and I participated in other EU projects, such as Learn PAd, about business process models applied to public administration procedures.

He serves in the PC of ICSE (2020 and 2022), IEEE RE, REFSQ, AIRE, is one of the organisers of the NLP4RE workshop, and has been local organiser of REFSQ 2020. ​

Youtube Channel for Empirical Software Engineering Lectures:

SlideShare Page for slides:

ResearchGate for preprints:

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Research interests:Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Empirical Software Engineering, Interviews


ASE 2021 Committee Member in Program Committee within the Artifact Evaluation-track
MSR 2021 Committee Member in Program Committee within the Technical Papers-track
RE2021 Author of The Rise and Fall of COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps: when NFRs Collide with Pandemic within the Research Papers-track
PC Member in Program Committee within the Research Papers-track
Author of From Ideas to Expressed Needs:an Empirical Study on the Evolution of Requirements during Elicitation within the Research Papers-track
REFSQ 2021 Author of SaPeer Approach for Training Requirements Analysts: an Application Tailored to a Low-resource Context within the Research Papers-track
OpenRE Co-Chairs in OpenRE Co-Chairs within the OpenRE-track
Programme Committee in Programme Committee within the Research Papers-track
OpenRE Co-Chairs in Organizing Committee
Session Chair of NLP4RE Workshop (part of Workshops )
Session Chair of OpenRE (part of OpenRE)
Author of Is Requirements Similarity a Good Proxy for Software Similarity? An Empirical Investigation in Industry within the Research Papers-track
ICSE 2022 Committee Member in Program Committee within the Technical Track-track
ICSE 2021 Committee Member in Program Committee within the AE - Artifact Evaluation-track
Author of NLP for Requirements Engineering: Tasks, Techniques, Tools, and Technologies within the TB - Technical Briefings-track
ICSE 2020 Programme Committee in Program Committee within the Technical Papers-track
Author of Comparing Formal Tools for System Design: a Judgment Study within the Technical Papers-track
* ICSE 2018 * Author of Natural Language Requirements Processing: from Research to Practice within the TB - Technical Briefings -track