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Latifa Guerrouj

Latifa's Biography

Latifa Guerrouj is an Assistant Professor at the Département de Génie Logiciel et des TI at École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal. Prior to that, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Benjamin Fung as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computing and Software Engineering (DGIGL) of École Polytechnique de Montréal. Her research work/interests involves empirical software engineering, software analytics, data mining, and mining software repositories. More details can be found on her website: http: //

Assistant Professor at École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal, Canada.

I’m currently an Assistant Professor. My duties include: teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and leading and supervising my research team of Master and Ph.D. members while also making them aware of the academic and industrial job market requirements. My job also includes participating in academic life and serving as an organizing or program committee member and submitting grants individually or with (academic or industrial) partners.

Working with my students on innovative research ideas.

The school of engineering where I am currently working (École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal) as an Assistant Professor is an industrial school that is connected to the local IT industry in Montreal as well as to leading tech companies and organizations.

I enjoyed working on almost all of the projects that I have been involved in. The most enjoyable one, which is currently in progress, is on automatic builds using big data of Mozilla.

My work impacts peoples daily lives in many ways. First of all, it affects my team. When I come up with a challenging idea that I share and discuss with my team, I see every one motivated about it, which makes me proud and excited. Also, when an innovative idea gets concretized or accepted in a form of publication, this makes my team and me happy and proud, and boosts us to take the risk and tackle more challenging ideas.

Sharing our data or tools with others and being open to work and collaborate with different teams creates awesome interactions that positively impact everyone involved. Finally, projects that I am working on currently in the area of software analytics directly impact the daily life of people because they consist of producing recommendation systems on the quality of software systems, climate change, as well as other applications that are very interesting to Canadians.

I dream to see more women in CS and SE in the next 25 years, to have a high proportion of women involved in applied research as well as leading industrial projects. We have smart, excellent, and devoted women in the field of CS and SE. I hope to see those women become Canadian chairs and leaders in their research areas. I will do my best to help concretize this vision by promoting, encouraging, and recruiting brilliant and motivated woman in pursuing their goals, continuing their graduate studies, and producing research with benefits to the Canadian economy.

I have been working on the summarization of API elements in informal documentation, with the aim of helping developers quickly understand APIs that are part of their tasks and thus reduce maintenance costs. Now, I am investigating the quality of mobile apps, in particular the factors that are threats to the apps that are part of our daily life.

I enjoy working in academia as a professor to transfer knowledge about my research to students and teams, while collaborating with the Canadian IT industry to test my ideas and their impact in practical settings.

The notion of teamwork is very important in any environment. Without a motivated team that shares the same goal, dedication, and passion, we cannot move-forward. Therefore, it is very crucial to carefully select the members of our team (if possible) to be productive and keep steadily producing. A good team also projects a positive energy that makes the integration of its members easy.

Challenging and innovative ideas but also excellent, motivated, and dedicated teams.

Choose the people to work with carefully as it is very very important to interact with those sharing the same goals, level of dedication, and hard work as we do if we really want to contribute to the advancement of science.





Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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