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Arie van Deursen is a professor in software engineering, and head of the department of Software Technology in the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

He is scientific director of AI-for-Fintech Research (AFR), a five year collaboration between Dutch bank ING and TU Delft. This lab hosts 10 PhD students, dozens of MSc and Bsc students, and many TU Delft faculty members and ING specialists. He also serves as member of the advisory board of ICAI, the Dutch Innovation Center for AI, and is a co-Principal Investigator an ICAI's ten year Long Term Program on Trustworthy AI, funded by industry, NWO, NLAIC, and academia.

He is co-founder of two companies: The Software Improvement Group (2000) and PerfectXL (2010).

Research interests

Research interest of Arie van Deursen include software engineering, software testing, trustworthy AI, software architecture, human aspects of software engineering, and FinTech.

Academic background

Arie van Deursen holds and MSc degree in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1990) and a PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam (1994). He conducted his PhD research in the area of programming languages at CWI, the Dutch national research center on mathematics and computer science, under the supervision of Paul Klint. After a postdoc in Eindhoven, from 1996-2005 he was a senior researcher at CWI, after which he joined TU Delft as a professor in software engineering.

He served as program co-chair for the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Softwre Engineering (ICSE) in 2021, and for the ACM Symposium on Foundations on Softwrae (ESEC/FSE) in 2017. He serves on the advisory board of Springer's Empirical Software Engineering, and on the editorial board of Peerj Computer Science (Gold Open Access).

He currently teaches software architecture and has taught software testing for many years. He has (co-)supervised over 35 PhD students and 75 MSc students.


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