Sven Apel

Sven Apel, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Professor of Computer Science
Chair of Software Engineering
Department of Informatics and Mathematics
University of Passau

Room:  IM 122
Mail:  Universität Passau, Innstr. 33, 94032 Passau, Germany
Phone:  +49 851 509 3225
Fax:  +49 851 509 3092
E-mail:  e-mail
Curriculum vitae, short bio, DBLP, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, ACM
My keynote at MODULARITY 2016 is available at YouTube.
I have been appointed to the Young Academy of Europe.
Programming methods (feature orientation, generative techniques, modularity)
Software engineering (variability, feature interactions, domain-specific optimization)
Empirical methods (program comprehension, the human factor, neuro imaging)
Formal methods (program algebra, type systems, program analysis)
Grants & Awards
Member of the Young Academy of Europe
ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award @ ICSE'15
FeatureOpt – Grant of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency: Jun. 2015 – May 2018 (100,000 Euro)
Best Paper Award @ Modularity'15
Software Intelligence – Grant of Siemens AG: Oct. 2013 – Sep. 2014 (35,000 Euro)
SafeSPL++ – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Heisenberg Professorship: Oct. 2013 – Sep. 2016 (340,000 Euro)
ExaStencils – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG):
Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2018 (510,000 Euro)
Pythia – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG):
Oct. 2012 – Sep. 2017 (700,000 Euro)
Best Research Paper Award @ SPLC'11
MapReduceFoundation – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG):
Jun. 2011 – May. 2013 (160,000 Euro)
SafeSPL – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Emmy-Noether Programme: Nov. 2010 – Oct. 2015 (1,300,000 Euro)
FeatureFoundation – Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG):
Apr. 2009 – Mar. 2013 (320,000 Euro)
The Research Award of the School of Computer Science, University of Magdeburg for the best scientific paper 2008 (presented at ASE'08)
Grants of the Metop Research Center, Magdeburg, Germany:
Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2008 (4,000 Euro), Oct. 2009 – Nov. 2009 (2,500 Euro)
The Award of the Karin-Witte Foundation for the best doctoral dissertation 2007
(also awarded by the School of Computer Science, University of Magdeburg)
The Software-Engineering Award of the Ernst-Denert Foundation for the best dissertation 2007
The Research Award of the School of Computer Science, University of Magdeburg for oustanding scientific work 2006
Doctoral Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
Jan. 2006 – May 2006
Young Academy of Europe
Empirical Software Engineering, Member of Editorial Board
IEEE Software, Member of Editorial Board
IEEE Software
ASE 2016
Dagstuhl Seminars
Sven Apel, Joanne Atlee, Luciano Baresi, and Pamela Zave. Feature Interactions: The Next Generation (No. 14281). July 6th – 11th, 2014.
Sven Apel, William R. Cook, Krzysztof Czarnecki, and Oscar Nierstrasz. Feature-Oriented Software Development (No. 11021). January 9th – 14th, 2011.
Sven Apel, Don Batory, Goetz Graefe, Gunter Saake, and Olaf Spinczyk. Software Engineering for Tailor-made Data Management (No. 08281). July 06th – 11th, 2008.
Selected Publications
(complete list)

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FeatureHouse: Language-Independent Feature Composition cppstats: Analyzing C Preprocessor Directives
JDime: Structured Merge of Software Versions SPL Conqueror: Performance Prediction of Software Variants
SPLverifier: Variability-Aware Model Checking TypeChef: Variability-Aware Static Analysis
FeatureVisu: Layout-Based Feature Clustering Codeface: Project Analysis and Dashboard Framework
FeatureIDE: Feature-Oriented Software Development Fuji: Feature-Oriented Programming in Java
CIDE: Virtual Separation of Concerns
Teaching & Students
Co.LABS Article: This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging
Huffington Post Article: Chris Parnin summarizes our fMRI research: Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers' Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming. See also the discussion thread at Slashdot.
Tech Talk on Variability-Aware Analysis at GPCE'12
Interview on FOSD at Software Engineering Radio: Part 1 and Part 2