Hochschullehrer (Senior Lecturer)
Andrea Janes is a senior lecturer and researcher at the FHV Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. Previously, he was a researcher at the Free University of Bolzano at the Faculty of Computer Science and a member of the Smart Data Factory, a technology transfer group within the faculty, where he acquired and led several research projects and collaborations with industry.
He received the master's degree in computer science from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and the doctorate in computer science (with distinction) from the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). In 2020, he received the habilitation as associate professor in Italy in the field of Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni (09/H1), i.e., Information processing systems; in 2021, the habilitation in the field of Informatica (01/B1), i.e., Computer Science.
He is particularly interested in Lean and Agile approaches to software engineering, Value-based Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering, and Software Testing.
I think that the exchange with other scientists and practitioners is crucial to ensure that my work is relevant. Therefore, I am involved in the organization of the following events:
I begin with the first sentence of the ISERN manifesto: "As a community, we have begun to recognize that software cannot be produced with a standard technology, but needs to be developed with technologies tailored to the goals and characteristics of particular projects. Consequently, software engineering research needs to be performed in an experimental context that allows us to observe and experiment with the technologies in use, understand their weaknesses and strengths, tailor the technologies for the goals and characteristics of particular projects, and package them together with empirically gained experience to enhance their reuse potential in future projects."
It is because I am convinced that software solutions have to be tailored to the goals and characteristics of the particular project, that throughout my studies, my interests were not only in computer science—in the sense of constructing a solution—but also in the business side: the trade-off between solving a problem and the costs of solving it. I always wanted to see the final use or the benefit of a software solution in its target context. This combination, in German speaking countries called "Wirtschaftsinformatik", is a discipline between technical and social sciences. This interest influenced the choice of my master studies, the choice of my doctorate, and also my work in empirical software engineering afterwards.
This is the list of research projects I participated to:
I think teaching is an integral part of scientific work as it confronts students with the latest developments in research and it challenges me to be concise, clear, and to point out the practical value of what I research. It is my goal not primarily to show to students "how something has to be done", but to explain them the intentions behind specific methodologies, how they can be supported, and what might obstruct them. Through case studies I aim to develop the students' problem solving strategies, through reading of academic papers I want to prepare them to be able to demystify research and to encourage them to use the results of research in their future work.
I enjoy to teach and to involve students in research. In fact, students are often key to interact with companies as they can do part of the research work on site and act as ambassadors of academia within the companies. This is why involving students in my research is crucial.
This is the list of courses I have held: