Professor of Software Engineering, Director of the Software Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL)
Phone: +64-9-921 9999 Ext.5811
SERL (D-58), School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences,
Level 7, AUT Tower, 2-14 Wakefield Street,
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Stephen MacDonell is Professor of Software Engineering and Director of the Software Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. Stephen was awarded BCom(Hons) and MCom degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He undertakes research in software analytics and visualisation, project planning, estimation and management, information systems development, software forensics, and the application of empirical analysis methods to software engineering data sets. He is a Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, and serves on the Editorial Board of Information and Software Technology.
Stephen has designed and taught courses at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study. He teaches mainly in the areas of software engineering, project management, software analytics, information systems development, and information technology research methods.
Stephen’s research is focused on software analytics - the use of empirical methods to understand and improve the planning, estimation, monitoring and control of software processes and projects, often in conjunction with expert-judgment approaches. The emphasis is always on supporting the people involved - how and why they work, individually and collectively, to develop, manage, deliver and use software systems.
His research programme reflects the growing diversity of information ecosystems and the need to consider, model and understand such systems in new ways - they are not fixed, engineered objects that can be tightly controlled; rather, they are evolving, complex, interactive, data-rich and highly contextual.
Stephen's research on software processes and projects has attracted significant external funding, supporting the work of numerous postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students.