Giuliano (Giulio) Antoniol is a full professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering of the Polytechnique Montréal where he directs the SOCCER laboratory. He worked in private companies, research institutions, and universities. In 2005, he was awarded the Canada Research Chair Tier I in Software Change and Evolution. He has served in the program, organization, and steering committees of numerous IEEE and ACM-sponsored international conferences and workshops. His research interest includes software traceability, traceability recovery and maintenance, software evolution, empirical software engineering, search-based software engineering, and software testing.

Jinghui Cheng is an Assistant Professor at Polytechnique Montreal. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at DePaul University, Chicago (2017), and was an associate research fellow at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana) between September 2016 and September 2017. Prior to his Ph.D. study, he has accumulated years of industrial experience as a game developer. His current research combines the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering (SE). He is particularly interested in exploring technologies that support practitioners who have domain-specific expertise but special information needs, including software engineers, game designers, and medical experts.

Marios Fokaefs is an Assistant Professor at Polytechnique Montreal. He holds MSc (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Alberta. He was a postdoctoral fellow at York University from February 2015 to August 2017. His research interests include software evolution and maintenance, software performance, and security in web, cloud, and IoT software systems. More specifically, his research looks at the intersection of technical considerations of software change (functionality, performance, security) with business and economic aspects (clients, competitors, prices, and costs). His work has been published in top Software Engineering venues like ICSME, ICWS, CLOUD, SEAMS, and top journals including JSS and TAAS. He has co-organized the bi-annual research meeting CSER in November 2016. He has served in program committees for conferences like MESOCA, ICSOC, and ICSME and he has reviewed journals including JSS, TSC, and TOSEM.

Mohammad Adnan Hamdaqa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Software Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal (Canada), where he heads the Software and Emerging Technologies Lab. He is also an adjunct professor in the computer science department of the University of Reykjavik (Iceland). He obtained a doctorate in software engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, a master’s in applied science (software engineering), and a master’s in business administration. (MBA) with a minor in Management Information Systems (MIS). He is interested in the interplay between emerging technologies and software engineering. In particular, he is interested in how approaches, Software engineering methods, and practices can be adapted to tame the complexities of architecture, construction, and deployment of applications for new emerging platforms (eg, Cloud Computing, Blockchain). In addition, he is interested in how emerging technologies can be used to advance the queue of creating, evolving, and managing software applications. He has contributed and published articles in the fields of model-driven software engineering, cloud computing, and blockchain. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society (CS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Foutse Khomh is a full professor at Polytechnique Montréal, where he heads the SWAT Lab on software analytics and cloud engineering research ( He received a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Montreal in 2010, with the Award of Excellence. His research interests include software maintenance and evolution, cloud engineering, service-centric software engineering, empirical software engineering, and software analytic. He has published several papers in international conferences and journals, including ICSM(E), ASE, ISSRE, SANER, ICWS, HPCC, IPCCC, JSS, ASEJ, JSEP, EMSE, and TSE. His work has received a ten-year Most Influential Paper (MIP) Award, three Best Paper Awards, and fourteen nominations for Best Paper Awards. He has served on the program committees of several international conferences including ICSM(E), SANER, MSR, ICPC, SCAM, ESEM and has reviewed for top international journals such as SQJ, JSS, EMSE, TSE, and TOSEM. He is on the Review Board of EMSE. He is program chair for Satellite Events at SANER 2015, program co-chair of SCAM 2015 and ICSME 2018, and general chair of ICPC 2018. He is one of the organizers of the RELENG workshop series ( and has been guest editor for special issues in the IEEE Software magazine and JSEP.

Heng Li is an Assistant Professor at Ecole Polyetchnique of Montreal. He leads the Maintenance, Operations and Observation of Software with intelligencE (MOOSE) lab at Polytechnique Montréal. The mission of MOOSE is to support intelligent maintenance, operations, and observation of large and complex software systems. Heng Li received his Ph.D. in Computing from Queen’s University in 2018. At Queen’s University, he worked as a PhD student and later as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the NSERC/RIM Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering in the Software Analysis and Intelligence Lab (SAIL). He also obtained his B.Eng. from Sun Yat-sen University (China) and M.Sc. from Fudan University (China). He has several years of experience working in the industry (Synopsys, BlackBerry) doing software development and research. To know more about his research, please visit