Xavier Franch - Biography#

Xavier Franch is a professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), where he leads the GESSI research group (https://gessi.upc.edu/en). His research areas include Requirements Engineering, Systems Modelling, Software Evolution and Adaptation, Software Engineering for AI-based Systems, and Agile Development.

Prof. Franch acted as coordinator of the European projects Q-Rapids (H2020) and RISCOSS (FP7) and as scientific director of SUPERSEDE (H2020) and participated in OpenReq (H2020) and S-Cube (FP7). He has been (co-)principal investigator of 9 competitive projects within Spanish research programs. The total income that Prof. Franch has brought to the UPC is larger than 3.6 Million Euros. He has contracted or granted more than 35 students to perform research assignments of all types, investing more than 1.7 Million Euros. In total, Prof. Franch has advised or co-advised 13 PhD thesis, all of them with the highest possible qualification.

Prof. Franch is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the IST, REJ and Computing journals, and hold other positions in the past, such as Journal First Chair at JSS and Editor-in-Chief in IET Software. He belongs to the Steering Committee of the RE, CAiSE and PROFES conferences and has held numerous positions in international conferences, e.g. General Chair (RCIS'22, PROFES'19, RE'08) and Program Chair (CAiSE'22, RE '16, ICSOC'14, CAiSE'12, REFSQ'11). He is a Full Member of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) (also as vice president of the Council), and a member of the International Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN).

Prof. Franch has collaborated with dozens of researchers from the EU (TU Wien, Fraunhofer, TUM, …), UK (UCL, City U. London, …), North America (SEI-CMU, U. Calgary, …) and South America (UFRJ, UFPE, …), as well as with companies as Siemens, Ericson, Atos and Nokia. Prof. Franch has co-authored near 400 peer-reviewed publications, including 60 papers in JCR-indexed journals, with more than 7.900 citations (GS) and an H-index of 47 (data from June 2022).

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