17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering

March 5–8, 2013, Genova, Italy

Università di Genova

CSMR 2013 takes place in Genova (Italy), the city of lighthouse.


Software Engineering Research Group
at DIBRIS, University of Genova.


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Invited Talks

The following talks will be held at CSMR 2013.

The Software Metamorphosis

Michele Lanza,
Associate Professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 9:15 to 10:30

One day, when Dr. Chain Mazelle woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his office into a horrible vermin, a conference keynote speaker. He was leaning in his uncomfortable chair, in front of a keynote slide where someone had written the words "My Name is Nobody".

"What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His office, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of paper drafts and unfinished grant proposals lay spread out on the desk - Dr. Mazelle was a software engineering academic - and above it there hung a lonely best paper award in a nice, gilded frame.

Dr. Mazelle then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the grids, which made him feel quite sad. "How about if I work a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense", he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to leaning forward, and in his present state he couldn't get into that position. However hard he threw himself forward, he always rolled back to where he was. He must have tried it a hundred times, shut his eyes so that he wouldn't have to look at the eagerly humming computer, and only stopped when he began to feel a mild, dull pain there that he had never felt before.

"Oh, God", he thought, "what a strenuous career it is that I've chosen! Researching day in and day out. This takes much more effort than just teaching, and on top of that there's the curse of travelling, worries about making connections, procrastinating PhD students, and getting papers accepted, bad and irregular conference food, contact with different people all the time so that you can never get to know anyone or become friendly with them. It can all go to Hell!"


Michele Lanza

Michele Lanza is associate professor of the faculty of informatics, which he co-founded in 2004. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2003 at the University of Bern, received the prestigious European Ernst Denert award for best thesis in software engineering of 2003. Prof. Lanza received the Credit Suisse Award for best teaching in 2007 and 2009.

At the University of Lugano Prof. Lanza leads the REVEAL research group, working in the areas of software visualization, evolution, and reverse engineering. He authored more than peer-reviewed 100 technical papers and the book "Object-Oriented Metrics in Practice".

Prof. Lanza is involved in a number of scientific communities, and has served on more than 80 program committees. He is president of CHOOSE (the Swiss Object-Oriented Software Engineering society). He was program co-chair of ICSM (the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance) in 2010, of MSR (the Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories) in 2007 and 2008, of VISSOFT (the IEEE Workshop on Visualizing Software) in 2009, of IWPSE (the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution) in 2007. He is steering committee member of ICSM, MSR, VISSOFT, Softvis, and IWPSE. He was keynote speaker at MSR 2010 and CBSOFT 2011.

Impact of Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service on Software Engineering

Ezio Armando,
Managing Director at Accenture, Nice, France

Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 9:00 to 10:30

In the last 5 years, the availability of Cloud-based Platforms and Infrastructure radically transformed the IT industry in general and Software Engineering practices in particular.

The benefits of these technologies are twofold: they improve efficiency of Software Lifecycle Management by reducing time-to-market and total cost of ownership, and they enable the creation of different types of application architectures, leveraging the scalability and elasticity provided by the Cloud.

This keynote will discuss the impact and benefits of Cloud-based Platforms and Infrastructure, and will show how specific organisations have leveraged them to deliver solutions that would have otherwise been impossible.


Ezio Armando

Mr. Armando is a Managing Director at Accenture, where he leads the France & Benelux Emerging Technology Innovation practice and the global Technology Architecture certification & training programme. He is based in Sophia Antipolis, France and works across Europe – currently for clients in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

He has over 20 years of IT experience as Enterprise, Technology and Solution Architect, specialising in IT strategy and in the visioning, planning, architecting, designing and delivering of high-availability, high-security, high-volume systems for some of the largest European companies and government organisations.

Mr. Armando is also responsible for the Accenture-Google alliance and is a member of the Cloud Computing SIG of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

He has an Master's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Business Administration (both cum laude).